Tale of snail and whale at Brighton

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Tall Stories (creators of the Gruffalo and Room On The Broom stage shows) bring their latest collaboration with Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler to the Brighton Dome Pavilion Theatre.

The Snail and The Whale will be on Sunday, July 15 at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Spokesman Chris Challis said: “A tiny snail longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. But when the whale gets beached, how will the tiny snail save him?

“Tall Stories’ adaptation is inspired by the work of Storybook Soldiers, who help British military personnel abroad to record bedtime story CDs for their children back home. The amazing journey of the tiny snail is seen through the eyes of a very adventurous young girl who’d love to be going round the world with her seafaring father.”

The original book by Julia Donaldson was published in 2003 and has become a modern children’s classic. Winner of the 2004 Early Years award, the 2005 Blue Peter award and the 2007 Giverny award, it has been described by its author as ‘probably my favourite of all the books I have written for Axel Scheffler to illustrate.’

Created in Tall Stories’ unique style, the show combines storytelling, music and lots of laughs. All music and sound effects are created live on stage by an electric viola player with an effects pedal.

Tall Stories is a registered charity founded by co-directors Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell in 1997. The company has performed at the National Theatre, at various West End theatres and on Broadway.

Age recommendation: four and up.