The Octagon Theatre is delighted to be presenting two fantastic productions from Tall Stories (the creators of ‘The Gruffalo’ stage show) this season. Two classic children’s stories will be brought to life live on stage: ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and ‘Room on the Broom’.

The productions are originally children’s books by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler and are firmly established as family favourites at bed time. ‘The Snail and the Whale’ is a story all about a tiny snail who hitches a lift on the back of a humpback whale and has to save the day when the whale gets beached. The show takes place on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 April, at 1.30pm and 4pm on Saturday and 11am and 1.30pm on Sunday.

‘Room on the Broom’ follows on Friday 1 – Sunday 3 May, at 1.30pm on Friday and 10.30am and 1.30pm on Saturday and Sunday, and sees a witch and her cat lose some precious objects as they’re flying on a stormy night. A helpful dog, bird and frog find the objects but is there room on the broom for everyone?


The Octagon are also excited to be offering a British Sign Language (BSL) signed performance of ‘Room on the Broom’ in order to make the production accessible to those who are deaf or hard of hearing. The BSL interpreted show will be the 1.30pm performance on Sunday 3 May.

What better way is there to celebrate children’s literature then to share in the magic of seeing your children witness their beloved characters’ stories live on stage?

When booking tickets for both performances at the same time there is a special reduced rate of £18 for both shows. Otherwise, tickets for the performances are £11, Concessions and Footlights are £9.50,

Groups of ten or more can see the productions for £9.50 plus get one free ticket for every ten booked, and Schools can see The Snail and the Whale for £9.50 or Room on the Broom for £8.50 plus get one free ticket for every ten booked.

To book tickets or for more information on any of these performances contact the Box Office on 01935 422884, visit or simply pop into the theatre.