The Story of Aesop's Fables
Suitable for ages 4 to 11 years
A story told by just two actors playing a variety of different characters, combining a selection of some of the greatest fables with music, masks, magic and comedy. Aesop lived circa 600BC. Unfortunately, little is known about him, although history tells us that for many years Aesop was a slave to King Iadmon. He refused to give the Delphinian people any money believing them to be undeserving.
Thus, the Delphinians threw Aesop over a precipice to his death. Consequently, a plague followed by way of punishment from the Gods. The Fables were never put in writing until many years later by two men named Babrius and Phaedrus. In the play, Babrius appears as a little boy and relates the stories to present day life through the powers of imagination, mime and storytelling; depicting the way people used to listen to these stories all those years ago. A fun filled story packed with surprises and lots of audience participation encouraging children to question their own morals through entertainment.
"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.
"The theatre performance was truly amazing. It was a fantastic way to develop our whole school topic of 'stories people tell' and to kick start our literacy week. The actresses were really professional and 'held' the audience so well. The whole school performance really involved the all the children and captured the imagination of all our ages, adults alike! It is always tricky when booking whole school events from companies one has never used before. You never know exactly what you might get but this was definitely worth every penny and I will definitely keep your details in my file for future reference."
Ruth Holden, Stanton St Quintin, Chippenham.
"Thank you! The children loved their performance of Aesop’s Fables and were talking about it for days afterwards!"
Emma Shorrock, Acting Headteacher, Turton & Edgworth Primary School, Bolton.
"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.
"I would like to say a huge thank you from all at Newnham Croft Primary School. The children have just performed their plays to the school and they enjoyed it immensely. All children got an awful lot out of the experience; I was particularly proud of some children who up until now have actively chosen to avoid large speaking parts. One girl in particular actually participated in The Big Weekend plays at the Cambridge Festival, speaking through a microphone to so many people – it was amazing to see her achieve this! Thanks once again to all involved in this project."
Lesley Turner, Year 5 Teacher
"I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you for the production on Friday. My understanding was that all the children really enjoyed the production, Many thanks"
Panash, Cambridge Child Care
"Thanks must go to the actors who came to Manor Green on 11th March. Both children and staff came out of the performance of Aesop's Fables having thoroughly enjoyed themselves. It was a great success."
Carole Berry, Manor Green School, Maidenhead
"We had a brilliant day on Friday morning. Thank you very much for all your hard work and superb presentation of Aesop's Fables."
Dianne Rawlings, Farleigh School, Andover
"Many thanks for your performance of Aesop's Fables last Friday. The children really enjoyed it. Many thanks."
Lucy Pope, Tonwell St. Mary's Primary School
"I just want to say a huge THANK YOU from the Staff and children of St. Mary's for your excellent theatre performance on Monday. I chatted to my class on Thursday and they all got a lot from your visit and really enjoyed seeing a 'live' performance, which so many of our children don't get the opportunity to see. I hope you had a safe journey back down South."
Alison Stewart, St. Mary's Primary School, Haddington
"We thoroughly enjoyed the performances yesterday. I would highly commend Karen and Michael who were thoroughly professional, full of energy and accomplished performers. The Show was very well received, and enjoyed by everybody."
Bill Webster, Ickburgh School (Special Needs), Hackney
"A really enjoyable performance! Our Year 3 group loved the chance to participate in the performance and thoroughly enjoyed making up their own fables in the workshop. Thank you so much!"
Claire Gillett, Lower School Co-ordinator, Godstowe Prep. School
"Thank you so much for fitting us into a busy week around World Book Day, it was an excellent start to our own book week. The pupils with me helping my review thought: "It was super and very funny" and " A hilarious play that was excellent." Thanks again!"
Dora Westlake, Literacy Co-Ordinator, Cotford Saint Luke Primary School
"Our Year 3 pupils enjoyed the Aesop's Fables performance very much this morning, so please convey our thanks to your team. While I remember, please can I book the visit for next year..."
Gail Beale, Admin. Assistant, Hiltingbury Junior School
"Just a quick note to say thank you. The feedback from staff and pupils has been very positive. In particular the Aesop's Fables were a hit with our secondary pupils - I have never heard so many of them roar with laughter and respond with actions when asked to participate. Please pass on my thanks as I was not able to catch Karen before she left and we wish you a very Happy Christmas and all the best for 2009."
Louisa Williams, John Grant 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. One year 4 teacher had this to say; "An excellent performance, great interaction with the children, very child friendly, lovely use of masks/costumes."
Mrs Irene Charidza, Literacy Co-ordinator, St Helen's RC Primary School
"Many thanks for a great play and workshops."
Maggie Sparrow, Rowdeford School, Devizes
"What a fabulous two days! The children thoroughly enjoyed the performance and were engrossed for over 60 minutes! We're definitely thinking of using you for some other curriculum areas."
Sue Barnes - Gorse Ride Junior
"A super performance. Thank you."
Mrs M Sneddon, Head Teacher - The Poplars County Primary School
Good afternoon Albert, We had your Theatre Company today at school for 2 sessions and to give you a feedback the children enjoyed the show for both sessions, very well performed by your actors. Hoping to book again soon for the Key stage 1 Children. Yasmin, Leicester Islamic Academy
Excellent production. The children and the adults thoroughly enjoyed the performance. Thank you. Hilary Morris, Abbey Primary School, Delapre
Thank you so so much for two memorable performances. The children and adults thoroughly enjoyed them so thanks a lot! Jan Roberts, Yardley School, Chingford
Dear Mr Brooks, The performance was well received by the children. They really seemed to enjoy the interactive aspects of the show. Please pass on my thanks to the performers. Many thanks, Laura Dow, Senior Development Officer, Library and Heritage Services, Community and Housing Department, London Borough of Merton
Dear Albert, I regret I was unable to attend , but I understand that your performance was hugely appreciated. Claire Mathieson, Thornton College, Convent of Jesus and Mary.
It was a pleasure Albert, The staff and children are still talking about your show! Please thank the girls too, it was a perfect way to end the week. Best wishes, Heather Holder, Edgeborough School
Hi Aesop's, Thanks, we had a fantastic visit from you in March for world book day. Is there any possibility we could book you again on Friday 3rd March, 2017 (the day after world book day), for our Key Stage 1? , Jenny Monk, The Abbey Primary School, Northampton
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
Dear all, just a quick note to say thank you for your performance at the day service on Thursday 2nd December. All the students and staff really enjoyed the performance and we would love you to come back next year to show us 'The Gingerbread Man' if that would be possible? I will also pass on your information to our other day services. Thanks again, Jane Bowles, Day Service Manager, Parity for Disability, Farnborough.
Supporting people with multiple disabilities.
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
Many thanks for the performance at The Abbey today; we all thoroughly enjoyed it, both staff and children. It was a fabulous performance and pitched at just the right level. It complimented our English studies this term perfectly. I will certainly recommend you to colleagues in other schools.
I hope the journey back to Surrey was a little less complicated than your journey here.
Huge thank you to you all.
Best wishes, Sarah, The Abbey School, Woodbridge
Dear Mr Brooks,
Further to your successful visit to us last year I would like to see if your company would be available to visit the school this September 2017 to perform the Story of Aesop's Fables to our Year 3 children: there will be 96 of them. Can you let me know if you are available during w/c 11th or 25th September one morning preferably?
If you could get back to me as soon as possible and let me know, together with the cost of the visit, that would be great.
Gail Beale, Admin Assistant
Hiltingbury Junior School, Chandlers Ford