Following the success of Pied Piper Theatre’s Burglar Bill last year, this new two hander for very young children follows a similar format. There is little dialogue in Hare and Tortoise, lots of physicality and gentle joking, a neat narrative shape and some catchy songs. And it all sits very happily in the Yvonne Arnaud’s child-friendly studio space.
Catherine Chapman’s designs – flowers, snow, carrots, russet leaves, and more – underpin the seasonal progression, once Tortoise has emerged from hibernation and we await the famous race.
Ebony Feare is a deliciously charismatic tortoise, languorous with an impressive range of reptilian faces and stances and a resonant singing voice. Stefan Stuart’s ever impatient hare, more boyish than leporine, makes for an appropriately lively contrast despite his weaker singing voice.
Tuneful songs and accompanying music range from folk to Mozart, with lots of violin and piano in the backing; the show makes entertaining live use of Feare’s steel pan skills too.
Like most of Tina Williams’ work for the company she founded 30 years ago, Hare and Tortoise is a show full of warmth and charm, which at the opening performance had the school party of five and six year olds, which constituted most of the audience, engaged, gasping and laughing.
This year we’ve created 2 Hare & Tortoise education packs to enable teachers to use this classic fable as a rich context for different areas of learning.
The first pack is designed to extend the children’s live theatre experience into subject areas across the curriculum including Maths, Geography, Science, History, Music & Dance and Art & Design.
Our second education pack is specifically designed for younger children and meets the Areas of Learning across the Early Years Foundation Stages.
You can find both available to download in .pdf format in Teacher Resources here.
We are please to announce that we have Arts Council Funding for our production for 2018/2019 'The Big ENORMOUS Present.
It’s big, it’s huge, it’s.......................ENORMOUS!
A mysterious present has appeared in the school playground. Who can it possibly be for? Jack, Dot or Polly? What could be waiting inside? Find out in this 50 minute play for the age range 3-8.
The Big ENORMOUS Present explores the pressures of fitting in, where we find happiness and how giving can sometimes feel as good as receiving..........