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Under 5s

under 5s storytelling project

We work with disadvantaged young families delivering an innovative storytelling programme across children centres in Ipswich.

Funded by The Ragdoll Foundation, our interactive shows for under 5s develop the skills and confidence for parents to read and play with their children. Each year, we engage with over 100 children and families across 5 weeks, telling a different part of our fairytale story each week through play and music! At the end of the project, we invite the families to our theatre to celebrate their success at a special performance present them with a printed book of the story!

The Tortoise and the Hare

Our most recent under 5’s project was the story of the Tortoise and the Hare, with Terry the tortoise and Hatty the hare!

“Just wanted to say how much our Reception and Year 1 classes enjoyed your production of The Hare and the Tortoise this year. It was great and absolutely perfect for our children! Thank you very much!– partner school

“I’ve decided that for the rest of my life I’m going to keep it slow and steady.” A young member of the audience

The Princess and the Frog

Our 2022 project was the story of the Princess and the Frog, with Princess Lily and Frank the Frog!

“Our Year 1 teachers and children really loved your workshop/performance and said that it was pitched at exactly the level the children needed. Believe me, that rarely happens!” – partner school

“It is an amazing project. We loved the songs, the dance, the story and the meaning of this project – friendship, sharing, love”  – Parent

Jack and the Beanstalk

In 2019, we toured Jack and the Beanstalk, with Jack and Ronnie taking their magic beans to under 5s and families in Ipswich!

“Both my 3 and 1 year old have loved it every week and we’ve really looked forwards to it each week. It’s been great to see both of their confidence grow as well” – Parent

“Great show my son loved it and has not stopped singing the songs!” – Parent

Red Riding Hood

In 2018, we toured Red Riding Hood around Ipswich children centres, bringing the story of Red Riding Hood to life with Ruby and Ronnie!

“Every night at bedtime my daughter is now reciting bits of the story and randomly shouts out “Ruuuuuuuby, Rooooonnie!”. It’s certainly made an imprint on her imagination! Amazing work!” – Parent 

The Three Bears

Our first under 5s project was The Three Bears, which toured children centres in 2017 with storytellers, Ed and Fred!

“My daughter loved this workshop so much, such a brilliant project. We’ve had to buy her a rainbow umbrella for singing and twirling. My youngest was captivated at the show even at just 4 months! Thanks for having us!”  – Parent

Interactive movies

Watch our Princess and the Frog film here!

JACK AND THE BEANSTALK was released online for free in June 2020 with two interactive episodes to support families during the COVID-19 pandemic!

Episode 1

Episode 2


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