The Snail and the Whale
A play with music inspired by the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler
Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book.
Longing to see the world, a tiny sea snail hitches a lift on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, brought vividly to life through live music, storytelling and lots of laughs – but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him?
A heart-warming adventure for everyone aged four and up, from Tall Stories, the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom.
“There’s real charm in this production.” ★★★★★ The Scotsman
“Faultless family fare” ★★★★★ WhatsonStage.com
See the performance information tab for more details about our access performances.
23rd August | 12.30pm
If you are making a booking for the Audio Described performance of The Snail and The Whale, join us for our pre-show Touch Tour. Led by Audio Describer, Jonathan Nash, the Touch Tour is a guided opportunity for people who are blind, partially sighted, or visually impaired to feel the props and costumes, and get familiarised with the theatre space and set before the show.
The Touch Tour is free, but spaces are limited and must be booked in advance. You can book your space online, in person, or by calling our Box Office on 01823 283244 between 10am – 4pm, Monday – Friday, or by emailing [email protected].
AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
23 August | 1.30pm
This performance will feature a live commentary, delivered to participating audience members via an audio description headset. The narrator will introduce the characters and describe the scenery, costumes, and action taking place on stage, including any changes in body language, expressions, or movements. Free Essential Companion tickets are also available.
Audio descriptions provided by Jonathan Nash from Sightlines.
24 August | 1.30pm
Our Relaxed Performances are open to everyone but have been specifically adapted to support audience members who may benefit from seeing a show in a more relaxed environment. This may include people who have autism, epilepsy, dementia, or other sensory and communication needs.
The lights will remain on throughout the show, and audiences will be able to come and go from the space if they need a break from the performance. The Front of House team will take a relaxed approach to noise and movement in the Auditorium, and the sound and lighting will be adapted to more comfortable levels. Free essential companion tickets are available.
To find out more about the show and to prepare for your visit, please view the Visual Story.