Fables at the Kitchen Table

22 March 2021

Whilst theatre productions are still missing a live audience, Cheshire Rural Arts will be presenting a new online production based on Aesop's fables.

Cheshire Rural Touring Arts and Spot On Lancashire are presenting the live online show for children and families ages 3 to 8.

Maria Byrne, Director Environment & Communities, Cheshire West and Chester Council said: "We would normally be announcing a full season of touring shows at this time. I'm delighted that despite the current restrictions there is still a way to present live theatre and to a young audience.

"I'm sure it won't be too much longer before a full season can return to the network of community venues across the borough."

Fables at the Kitchen Table
From Stute Theatre  
Wednesday 31 March 2021 11am and 2pm
Thursday 1 April 2021 11am and 2pm
Friday 2 April 2021 11am and 2pm

Aesop's famous fables, including the Hare and the Tortoise, The Lion and the Mouse and The Fable of the Raven and the Fox are getting a digital makeover, as Manchester based actor-musician Sophia Hatfield brings them to life straight from her kitchen table.

In the show, a pair of oven gloves become a lion's huge paws, wooden spoons and pegs become woodland creatures and children are transported on a storytelling adventure straight from the kitchen table.

Originally written in the 6th Century BCE, Aesop's Fables are the world's best-known collection of morality tales and even during the age of COVID-19, continue to teach children the value of kindness, patience, sharing and emotions in this brand-new adaptation.

The production is also accompanied with an Education Pack and home school worksheets, free for audiences to explore.

The unique performance, with live music, puppets and stories, is to be delivered live via a secure webinar on Zoom to family and school audiences, perfect for children aged 3 to 8. The production guarantees to bring joy and creativity to families this Spring.

Said performer Sophia Hatfield: "I am delighted to be bringing this collection of fables and stories together, to bring a bit of inspiration and joy to young children and families this Spring. Aesop's Fables are a beautiful resource and it's been a huge privilege to be back in a rehearsal room playing, creating and bringing these stories to life for a modern audience. Who would have thought you could create a convincing tortoise from a bike helmet and two salad servers. We can't wait to share this inventive, fun piece of live, Covid-proof theatre with young people live over Zoom."

Tickets https://spotonlancashire.co.uk/whats-on/fables-at-the-kitchen-table/

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