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The Gruffalo

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Don't miss Tall Stories' hit musical stage adaptation of the award-winning picture book, The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Meet a wheeler-dealer Fox, an eccentric old Owl and a maraca-shaking, party mad Snake! Mouse can scare these hungry animals away with tall stories of the terrifying Gruffalo, but what happens when he comes face to face with the very creature he imagined?

Voted the nation's number one bedtime story by BBC Radio 2 listeners, The Gruffalo is the ideal introduction to theatre for pre and primary school children and their families, with plenty of songs, laughs and fun.

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  • Itsfabupnorth

    15-Apr-2014 Report

    Just come back from The Lowry Theatre, Salford having watched the very cleverly adapted version of one of Julia Donaldson's much loved books ‘The Gruffalo', by touring company ‘Tall Tales'. Accompanying one of the younger members of its target audience (3 – 11yrs), I wondered how my Goddaughter would react. She thoroughly enjoyed watching the familiar characters come to life and recognising sections of the book. From time to time she checked with her Mum that the actors playing the characters of Mouse, Fox, Snake, Owl and the Gruffalo were ‘just dressing up”.

    For Donaldson's older fans there was audience participation in the form of singing along to the production's original songs, roaring like the Gruffalo when given the ‘signal' and using their knowledge of the book by shouting out lines of the tale to prompt the actors next move.

    The 3 handed cast took on all the characters, including storyteller, in simple but effective costumes in the child friendly set of the deep dark wood. My Goddaughter's favourite character was the Snake in his sparkly gold bandana and bolero jacket playing the maracas. For anyone who maybe feared of the Gruffalo he is cleverly portrayed as more cuddly than cruel and if you are lucky he may come and say hello to you and give you a hug.

    The Quay Theatre at The Lowry is a lovely intimate space to tell this story to youngsters, parents and grandparents over the Easter break until the 20th April.

    My Mum looked after my 1 year old little boy whilst I was in the theatre. She made use of the highchair in the café (just be mindful to use the flat space rather than the sloping space), purchased a sandwich and a cup of tea then and let my son crawl around the soft play area of The Lookout on the second floor. Fun was then interrupted by a visit to the baby changing facilities to deal with an eventful nappy! Apologies to The Lowry. We parked at the Lowry Outlet and it is worth making a purchase of £5 somewhere in the shopping centre as it will give you 4 hours free parking.

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