Red Table Theatre’s Production of Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Just So Stories’ at the Pleasance Theatre

Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories have enchanted both children and adults for generations.

Have you ever wondered how it is that the moon pulls the tides (instead of a crab who was taller than the smoke of three volcanoes), or the reason why the elephant’s nose is so long?

Find out as Rudyard Kipling’s classic children’s stories are brought to vivid life in this enchanting production.

Coming from a successful three week run at the King’s Head Theatre in Islington at Christmas 2010, this is the perfect show for children aged 3+ and for adults of all ages.

The show itself is told by storytellers who unexpectedly emerge from furniture, trunks and carpets in the attic space which is the set, and tell Kipling’s delightful stories exactly as they were meant to be told – directly from adult to child, using Kipling’s own words.

Using everyday objects found in the attic, five of the stories are lovingly brought to life – The Crab Who Played With The Sea, How The Camel Got His Hump, The Elephant’s Child, How The Whale Got His Throat, and The Cat Who Walked By Himself. Between each story, the cast sing the poems that Kipling wrote and had published with the original stories.

The piece itself is crafted around the idea that you can pick up anything you like and turn it into something else to tell a story. In the attic, everyday items turn into magical pieces integrated with the text – something entirely natural for the children this show is aimed at.

Red Table are actively seeking to increase the play bond within family groups with The Just So Stories.  Programmes/workbooks are available to purchase at the show, packed with colouring, drawing, puzzles and other activities suitable for children to complete alone, or with the help of adults.

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