Tales from around the world will be a Christmas treat for families

Tuesday 2nd November 2010

Tales from around the world will be a Christmas treat for families

Folk tales from around the world will feature in Nottingham Playhouse’s children’s production Under the Story Tree next month.

Described as the Lion King meets Aesop’s Fables, Under the Story Tree is a story of friendship and co-operation, with live music, puppets and lots of fun and laughter.

Suitable for four to eight-year-olds, Under the Story Tree is on at Nottingham Playhouse from Saturday 18 to Friday 31 December 2010. The play will then tour in schools across East Midlands from January 2011.

This production is brought to the stage by Nottingham Playhouse’s acclaimed Theatre-In Education company, Roundabout, who produce plays and workshops for children, young people and adults and provide resources and support for teachers and educators.

Under the Story Tree features folk tales from all over the world, including Pakistan, Somalia and Poland. In an enchanting new tale for younger children, Under the Story Tree follows hungry Rabbit, Swallow, Monkey and King Lion as they try to discover the name of the delicious fruit-bearing Magic Tree.

Director of Under The Story Tree and of Roundabout at Nottingham Playhouse is Andrew Breakwell. Andrew has directed more than 160 productions for young people, families and adults in schools, arts centres, community venues and theatres.

Andrew Breakwell is leading an EU funded development called ‘Young Europe’ which encourages other theatres to work with young children and create plays in different languages for performances in classrooms.

Robin Kingsland, acclaimed author of Under the Story Tree has previously been on stage at the Playhouse with On The Waterfront and Arthur Miller’s The Price.

He said: “I’m delighted to be back at the Playhouse with Under The Story Tree. Nottingham’s a fantastic city and after being here over the years I’ve really got to know the place.

“Working on a production for children is fantastic. I’ve always found it fascinating how magical the children’s stories are. I can really run wild with my imagination and dream up something that’s beautiful and moral.”

Robin has written more than 30 books for children including The Crabtree Chronicles and O.A.Peabody book There are Pharaohs at the Bottom of my Garden which was shortlisted for The Children’s Book of the Year Award in 1996.