Julia Donaldson books are a huge part of the boys’ life as they are for many children. They are a fantastic introduction to books and reading for children – engaging stories, clever rhyming and I love the positive messages in the subtext.

The Snail and the Whale is secretly my favourite JD book, and it is currently on the stage produced by Tall Stories.

Suitable for children aged 4-9 years, and their families, we went to see it at Lakeside Arts Centre in Nottingham.

Lakeside Arts Centre, situated within the main Nottingham University campus is a great day out for all the family. As well as the theatre, and the top quality programme it offers, is an art gallery, cafe and stacks of outdoor space including a boating lake and playground. We are really excited about their Art Investigator packs, designed for 7-12 year olds which are free to borrow and give children the opportunity to access the exhibits on display and support independent learning. They are also available for school groups. Also available are Lakeside Outdoor Investigators which sound just up our street now the warmer weather is on its way.

Before the show we joined “The Best of Julia” workshop which gave children the opportunity to be the star in their favorite Julia Donaldson book. Here is Noah as the frog in Room on the Broom.

Now, back to the show! The story is about a snail (with an itchy foot) that hitches a ride around the world on the tail of a humpbacked whale. On stage you see a naval father and his adventurous daughter tell the tale through their eyes.

With the use of imaginative stage props, the performance of the three actors on stage is energetic and captivating. The music accompaniment, by live electric violin, creates a haunting atmosphere at times but this is balanced with light hearted warmth, audience interaction and humour.

Check out this clip taken from the show’s website..

Here are the dates for their upcoming shows in April 2005:

7-8 The Wyvern Theatre, Swindon
9-10 The Gatehouse, Stafford
11-12 The Octagon, Yeovil
14-15 The Berry Theatre, Hedge End
18-19 The Arnhem Gallery, Croydon
20-21 The Courtyard Theatre, Hereford
23-24 The Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn
25-26 Jacksons Lane, London

They are also at Jacksons Lane, London from Saturday 5th December 2015 to Sunday 3rd January 2016. Tickets are selling very fast so don’t miss out!


Disclosure: we received a complimentary family ticket in return for writing this post but it is all our own unbiased views.

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5 Responses to Snail and the Whale @lakesidearts #juliadonaldson #nottingham

  1. We love JD in our house and still have The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child on the PVR. It’s funny how each child has a different favourite, isn’t it? J loved Monkey Puzzle, T was all about Room on the Broom, and S had me muttering The Gruffalo in my sleep!

  2. who doesn’t love Julia Donaldson! this looks amazing, I’d love to take Wilf x

  3. What a great idea the workshop is, and the performance sounds great too.

  4. Granny says:

    I used to take you to the theatre when you were young ! You loved it! Your boys are so lucky to have you for a mum x

  5. Globalmouse says:

    This looks great – we are massive Julia Donaldson fans and Snail and the Whale is probably my favourite of her books.

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