"The Snail and the Whale" is a musical production inspired by the bestselling picture book "The Snail and the Whale" by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. The story is about a tiny snail who longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale and together they go on an amazing journey, experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. For this show Tall Stories’ production was influenced by the work of Storybook Soldiers who help British military personnel serving abroad to record bedtime story CDs for their children back home and I loved this idea. The show started with young girl running around the auditorium trying to hide behind people from her father as she didn't want to go to bed when it was her bed time. The father eventually found her and started reading her a story. When he realized she is asleep, he went to sail around the world leaving the daughter alone with her mum. One day the daughter gets a parcel from her father. It is a CD with a voice recording of her father reading a story of "The Snail and the whale". This is where the story begins. Everything we see from the point where she puts her headphones on to the point when she takes them of is her Imagination as she pictures the story in her head. This is when the Father becomes The Whale and the daughter becomes The Snail.
Hannah Miller plays the Daughter/ Snail. Miller was outstanding in her role. She was full of energy and excitement. She looks very young which helps with the development of her character and I must say that Miller's character was definitely highly developed.
Tim Hibberd plays the Father/ Whale. Hibberd showed his strong acting skills as well as his nice singing voice.
Rachel Benson plays the Narrator/ Viola Player. The Narrator was the Older version of the daughter. Benson is a very talented Viola player adding soundscape to create various sound effects.
The set for this show was very simple and very creative. It amazed me how the furniture in the room was somehow turned into a massive whale.
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Overall, this amazingly created show, showed how a story can take you around the world without ever leaving your room