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CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE – REVIEW: Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales keeps a full house engrossed (but did the monkey over shadow Tiddler?)

Tiddler and other Terrific Tales. Photo Credit Robin Savage (11)

Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales. Bristol Old Vic. Age 3+

There was an atmosphere of babbling tiny voices (coupled with the calming tones of parents trying to dampen down a growing sense of excitement) as the audience awaited the arrival of the cast of Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales.

The Bristol Old Vic’s main house was near to capacity as Maryam Grace, Alex Tosh and Anna Larkin entered wearing brimmed hats, colourful jackets and carrying an assortment of props. With two step ladders joined by a plank, various boxes and a table the cast brought to life Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales. Using a mixture of song, simple dialogue, mime, choreographed movement and physical theatre the trio told the story of Tiddler the fish who was always late the Monkey who had lost his mummy, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze. For those expecting the stories to centre on Tiddler there may have been disappointment as it was the monkey whose story was most predominant but perhaps that is a small point in a show that had so much content and action.

The Freckle production of Scamp Theatre’s drama was driven by musical director Brian Hargreaves and Georgia Green with Chris Pirie as puppetry and associate director. His use of everyday objects such as gloves and dusters must have kept costs down but also worked as a joke which the audience were in on from the first appearance of the monkey portrayed by some rope.

There was some fidgeting in the ranks of the pre-school audience although this seemed to more to do with the fascination of the tip up seats. And there’s a story in itself as pre-school and primary school children find the experience of a visit to the theatre in the seating, the steps, the toilets and watching other children almost as important as the drama.

Inventive, funny and at times purely silly the stories engaged the audience in a setting that could have been too large for this small scale production but with microphones to help projection and huge energy the hour long show kept the concentration of hundreds of tiddlers (and their parents).

Harry Mottram

The show continues until February 18th before a tour of numerous theatres in the UK before ending in June at Bury St Edmunds at the Theatre Royal.

For more details: www.bristololdvic.org.uk while for dates and venues visit http://freckleproductions.co.uk/shows/tiddler-and-other-terrific-tales/tour-dates

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CHILDREN’S THEATRE MAGAZINE – NEWS: Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales goes on tour (staged by the team behind Stick Man) Full tour dates listed)

Tiddler and other Terrific Tales is on tour this spring. Photo Robin Savage

Tiddler and other Terrific Tales is on tour this spring. Photo Robin Savage

Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s Tiddler and Other Terrific Tales directed by Sally Cookson is currently on a marathon tour starting in Bromley and continuing until June when it ends in Bury St Edmunds. The production is by the team behind Stick Man Live, a play that has also visited theatres across the country in the last few years. It is an original Scamp Theatre production staged this time by Freckle Productions. More details at http://tiddlerlive.com/ Under the sea, out on the farm and into the jungle, these terrific tales are woven together with live music, puppetry and a whole host of colourful characters from Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler’s best-loved titles: Tiddler, Monkey Puzzle, The Smartest Giant in Town and A Squash and a Squeeze More children’s theatre at  http://www.harrymottram.co.uk/

Tour dates


  • 10 – 11 Feb BROMLEY Churchill Theatre020 3285 6000
  • 12 – 13 Feb RICHMOND Theatre0844 871 7651
  • 15 – 18 Feb BRISTOL Old Vic0117 987 7877
  • 19 Feb GUILDFORD G Live01483 369350
  • 22 – 23 Feb CARDIFF Sherman Theatre029 2064 6900
  • 24 – 25 Feb TAUNTON The Brewhouse01823 283 244
  • 26 – 27 Feb BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion Theatre0844 576 3000

MARCH 2018

  • 1 -3 Mar DARTFORD Orchard Theatre01322 220000
  • 4 Mar LONDON artsdepot020 8369 5454
  • 12 – 13 Mar SOUTHPORT Theatre0844 871 3021
  • 16 – 18 Mar SALFORD QUAYS The Lowry0843 208 6010
  • 26 – 27 Mar LLANDUDNO Venue Cymru01492 872000
  • 28 Mar LYTHAM ST ANNES Lowther Pavilion01253 794 221
  • 30 Mar – 3 Ap BIRMINGHAM Town Hall0121 780 3333

APRIL 2018

  • 5 -6 Apr COLCHESTER Mercury01206 573948
  • 7 Apr READING Hexagon0118 960 6060
  • 8 -9 Apr WATFORD Palace Theatre01923 225671
  • 11 – 15 Apr LONDON Leicester Square Theatre020 7734 2222
  • 20 – 21 Apr NEWCASTLE Tyne Theatre & Opera House0844 249 1000
  • 22 – 23 Apr LINCOLN New Theatre Royal01522 519999
  • 29 – 30 Apr YEOVIL Octagon Theatre01935 422884

MAY 2018

  • 4 -6 May HERTFORD Theatre01992 531500
  • 7 May CRAWLEY The Hawth01293 553636
  • 8 – 9 May WINCHESTER Theatre Royal01962 840 440
  • 11 – 12 May CORBY The Core at Corby Cube01536 470470
  • 13 – 14 May CANTERBURY Gulbenkian01227 769075
  • 20 May NOTTINGHAM Playhouse0115 941 9419
  • 22 May ILKLEY King’s Hall01274 432000
  • 23 May MIDDLESBROUGH Theatre01642 81 51 81
  • 25 – 27 May LONDON Leicester Square Theatre020 7734 2222
  • 28 – 30 May SOUTHEND Palace Theatre01702 351135

JUNE 2018

  • 1 – 3 Jun BURY ST EDMUNDS Theatre Royal01284 769505