The Gingerbread Man
Suitable for ages 2 to 7 years
A real treat for the very young as they join our hero on his adventurous journey in search of somewhere better. Some amusing characters are encountered on the way but not all are as friendly as they may appear. Finally, our champion learns that there is no place quite like home.
Songs and music abound in this production designed specifically for Nurseries, Playgroups and Young Infants.
"I just wanted to say thanks for coming and doing such great performances, the feedback from the school and the children has been fantastic. My boys loved it, especially the bum waggling duck!!
The school manager was going to contact the local paper to see if we could secure a piece, if we do I'll forward it to you."
Martha, Holyport Primary School, Maidenhead.
"I just wanted to thank you for your recent show at our school. The children and staff thought it was super (especially the costumes). If you could pass that on to the cast members that would be great!"
Michele Lewis, Deputy Headteacher, Ewyas Harold Primary School, Hereford.
"Pre-school, Reception and Year 1 children had such fun watching The Gingerbread Man today. They were all transfixed by the performance. It was very appropriate for the age range, particularly the younger ones, and so full of humour. Thank you so much."
Wendy Jacobs, Sherborne House School, Chandler’s Ford.
"Just wanted to thank you again for the show! The girls loved it and Bridget was very touched with her gift."
"Really delighted with the shows and will definitely work with you again."
Regards, Andy Grays, Chief Executive Officer, Portsmouth Cultural Trust.
"A huge thank you to you and your team for a wonderful performance, the children and adults thoroughly enjoyed it."
Emily, Sussex Road School, Tonbridge.
"It was a really nice production, the children thoroughly enjoyed as did the parents. The Children are still talking about this several weeks later. We will definitely book again. Thank you."
Ena Cartwright, Happy Hours Pre-School, Crawley
"The show was fabulous. Early Years enjoyed the show so much that the children made things and re-enacted the play and did all their own child initiated learning for the rest of the day. The teachers all enjoyed it too!! Thank you so much."
Mrs M Dehala, Stanhope Primary, Greenford.
"The children (and staff) really enjoyed the show on the last day of term. What incredible energy those two actors have!"
Bernice Jackson, Headteacher, Kingswood Early Years Centre, Watford.
"Thank you for the performance and workshops. They were a real pleasure"
Janet Mills, Pippins School, Colnbrook
"Thank you! The children enjoyed the performances of Aesop’s Fables and The Gingerbread Man greatly. We appreciate your visit despite the adverse weather conditions!"
Helen Morgan, English Coordinator, The Oaks Community Primary School, Ipswich
"Albert. Thanks for the show The Gingerbread Man. It was great."
Nick Coates, Winchester Discovery Centre
"Thanks so much for coming along last week to put on The Adventures of the Gingerbread Man. It went down very well with the children - and parents! Would you be able to do another performance for us during the Easter Holidays? We would like The Ugly Duckling if possible."
Sam Lemay, Administrator - Bramble Hill Children's Centre
"I would just like to say how much the students and staff enjoyed the performance of the Gingerbread Man on 4th March. I have received many positive comments from all who were present."
Tuslem Shah (Miss) ,The Forum School, Blandford Forum
"The children really enjoyed the performances, so did the staff. I've had great feedback from the parents too; children have been retelling the story to them at home. In class a small group of children began singing the Gingerbread man refrain and chasing each other around the nursery. Great fun was had by all! Thanks to your actors for a great performance."
Pauline Guevara, Winsor Primary School, Clapton
"Thank you for the photo's they are lovely, and thank you also for doing such a great job on Sunday, the children loved it. We will get the cheque to you asap, and if we find any funding for later in the year I will certainly contact you again."
Barbara Witham, Folkestone Town Centre Management
"Thank-you for a brilliant production last week-end. The feedback was fantastic. We were hoping to have you back again sometime next summer if possible? Do you ever do your performances outside? May be a thought if it was a nice day!?"
Rachel Popplestone, The Hub, Verwood
"On behalf of the children, I would just like to say thank you for the two wonderful performances that you did for the children. They really enjoyed seeing the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' come to life, and I have to say, I have never seen the Nursery children so quiet, attentive or enthralled. You were prompt and well- organised and the other members of Staff commented how good the actors' accents were. Thank you very much for a delightful day"
Miss Araba Annobil Knaphill Lower School Nursery
"Thank you so much for the super performance you gave of the Gingerbread Man. Our year 1 children couldn't stop talking about it. The acting and the humor in the play were fantastic. It has given us lots to discuss as part of our fairy tales unit. Thank you for a super day"
Rebecca Dolan, Stewart Flemming Primary, London
"We all really enjoyed the performance today. Thank you so much. I have put some photos of the show on our blog under the Reception Area if you would like to show other schools"
Denise Johnson, Foundation Stage Co-ordinator, Wells Primary School
"All the teachers and pupils were singing your praises today. The children had something to discuss during play time. You absolutely gave us more than I expected. A reception class teacher wrote "It was a story the children already knew; lots of humour. Children then continued in the playground"
Mrs Irene Charidza, Literacy Co-ordinator, St Helen's RC Primary School
"Thanks a ton for putting on a great show at Sifth's birthday party"
"Thank you - the children loved the show (so did the staff!)"
I Kendal, Headteacher, St Joseph's R.C. Primary School
"The Gingerbread Man was performed at our school for foundation stage and KS1 children as part of our expressive arts week. The actors managed to whip all the children up to a frenzy and then within seconds there was complete silence again. As a staff we all agreed that your production was the best we have ever experienced in our school and the children produced some fantastic work as a result of your visit. Watching the children's faces while the production was underway was brilliant. They were spellbound and even those children who normally find concentrating a challenge were fully engaged. I would thoroughly recommend the Aesop Touring Theatre Company. It was money well spent and not only thoroughly enjoyable for the children but also the adults!! Thank you very much"
Pam Gleeson - Leavesden Green JMI
"Can I say a very big thank you to everyone for the lovely performance that you gave the children at Stroud School today. It was perfect in every way - content, length of the performance, appropriateness for the entire age range from 3 - 7 year olds! It was splendid!"
Jayne Lunt - Head Head of Key Stage 1 - (Stroud School)
We just wanted to let you know how much our KS1 children enjoyed the performance of The Gingerbread Man. The costumes were great and it was pitched at just the right level for our children. We will book again. Kate Walsh, Tower Hill School
Excellent production. The children and the adults thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Thank you. Hilary Morris, Abbey Primary School, Delapre
Dear Albert, it was a great day and your theatre show was enjoyed by all our children. Please pass on to the actors my appreciation for their skill and performance . I look forward to working with you in the future.
Kind Regards, Caroline Aplin, Grange Wood School, Pinner
Dear Mr Brooks, I write to thank you and your Company for the performances at Millmead Children's Centre. The way in which you were able to engage with our children was remarkable and so very well received. Feedback to me was exceptionally good:"Fantastic; fabulous; never been to such a wonderful play." Both performances were thoroughly enjoyed, and they added a new dimension to Christmas for all those present, including staff. Kindest regards, Yours sincerely, Jan Collins MBE, Independent Chair, MCCPL
Hi Albert, We loved your shows this year and wondered if we could book for next year's World Book Day please? This year we watched Aesop's Fables and The Gingerbread Man, so we clearly would not want to see those again. I am happy to leave the choice of production to a later date if you are likely to be adding more options, if not, then please let me know what else you offer and we shall decide on the two performances we require for next year. Many thanks, Nicky Marsh, Bassingbourn Community Primary School
Thank you so much for delivering your two pantomimes to our school today. Both the children and staff enjoyed them very much and have asked that I book you again for next year! I have attached your booking form in the hope that you can return again on Monday 18th December 2017 in the same format as today – 9.00 am for our younger children and 10.30 am for the older ones.I look forward to hearing from you and Merry Christmas! Mrs Amanda Burrells, PA to Headteacher, Lawford Mead Primary School, Chelmsford
Dear Aesop's I enjoyed the show you did for us when you performed the Gingerbread Man at PACE, Gloucester. Thank you very much for putting on a great event! Also, thank you for letting me help carry and pack away. The show was very funny and everyone enjoyed it very much. Thanks, Gavin and everyone at P.A.C.E.
Dear Albert, I received your letter of thanks for the booking. I can advise that we were impressed with your company. Staff arrived early and were ready to start at the prearranged time. They engaged the children (and adults) throughout the play getting children to repeat phrase, sing nursery songs etc. Initially I was worried that 45 minutes would be a long time for 4-5 year olds but they were not easily distracted and paid attention. Thank you again. Paula Milligan-Davis,
Hi James, Thanks for your kind words. We shall be delighted to visit you again next December and, it would appear from both the Birmingham and Staffordshire websites, that the 2017 Autumn term will finish on Friday 22nd December. Therefore, are you happy for me to book you in for Wednesday 20th December 2017? Kind regards, Albert Brooks, Aesop's Touring Theatre Co.
We have just had your company in today performing The Gingerbread Man and Aesop's fables. The staff and children have been raving about it all morning! We would love to book you for Wednesday 28th February 2018 for World Book Day next year. It would be for EYFS, Year 1, 2 and 3. Thank you, Jenny The Abbey Primary, Delapre
No. of Children: Up to 99
Preferred Dates and Times: Any afternoon in the week beginning 26th February 2018
Further Comments: We booked your Gingerbread man performance for February this year and absolutely loved it. We are an all girls school and the performance would be for our Nursery and Reception classes (90 girls). The best way to get hold of me is via email as I will be teaching during the day. Helen Cannell: Nursery Teacher: Blackheath High School
Good Evening Albert, I understand from Ena that the children loved the theatre visit and all went as planned. Many thanks again for your wonderful service. We will be in touch again. Kind regards, Diane Clarke, Happy