Review | The Snail and the Whale | The Lowry, Salford Quays

Review | The Snail and the Whale | The Lowry, Salford Quays


After recent success in the UK and international tours of “The Gruffalo” and inspired by the bestselling book ‘The Snail and the Whale’ by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Tall Stories have adapted the well-loved novel into a bold and beautiful musical stage production.

Join the story as a tiny brave snail hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale.

The story is seen through the eyes of a very adventurous young girl, as her seafaring father reads her favourite bedtime story. This 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.

Creating the soundscape and effects just by using a viola, Rachel Benson creatively creates seagull calls, snark-infested water and backing music to accompany the new sea shanties.

With comedy for both the children and parents alike, this production is perfect for all the family.

One of the highlights of the show was when the Dad ( played by Tim Hibberd) turned the daughter’s (played by Hannah Miller)’s bedroom furniture into the whale.

Toby Mitchell’s direction and Isla Shaw’s design work hand in hand to create a unique piece of theatre.

The Snail and the Whale is playing at The Lowry until Sunday 3rd June. Information and tickets can be found here.


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