Not Such an Ugly Duckling performed by Aesop's Theatre

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Not Such an Ugly Duckling

Not Such an Ugly Duckling

Suitable for ages 2 to 7 years

Our sad, bullied and abandoned hero befriends some interesting characters in this delightful adaptation of a traditional tale, and soon discovers beauty is only skin deep.

With puppetry, a good deal of humour, music and songs this interactive production gently conveys the message that bullying is hurtful and wrong.

Ideal for playgroups, nursery and infant children.


"Really delighted with the shows and will definitely work with you again."
Andy Grays, Chief Executive Officer, Portsmouth Cultural Trust.

"Thanks for a great show. I think it went down really well."
Alan Onions, Venues Manager, Canterbury City Council.

"Feedback from the Woking performance was really positive, and you and your colleagues were a pleasure to work with. We will certainly contact you if and when an opportunity for a future performance arises."
Carol Hales, Senior Team Officer - Children and Young People, Chertsey Library

"Just to say a big thank you to you and your lovely team for coming this afternoon to entertain our children. The feedback I had was very positive and I hope we can have you over again very soon with the Ugly Duckling."
Elinor Honigstein, Special Events Organiser

"I just wanted to email to say thank you for the Ugly Duckling performance we had today. The children (and parents) really enjoyed themselves and we were very impressed with how interactive and energetic the performance was!! The costumes were great! I would be grateful if you could pass on your thanks to the actors on behalf of our team."
Amy Greenwell, Service Coordinator, Birmingham Social Inclusion Project, Ladywood, Birmingham

"The actors through a gentle, fun and interactive performance explained clearly to children how to be a good friend. .Hosting Aesop’s Theatre was an easy experience as the actors were well organized, and had clearly planned carefully. A very enjoyable show for all 4-7 year olds."
Sarah Wilson, Brentwood Pre-Preparatory

"A HUGE thank you from the staff, children and myself. The children were kept engaged and involved throughout and really enjoyed the performance. The message of being a good friend and not bullying was presented perfectly for Foundation Stage and Key Stage One and was perfect for our "Friendship Week". The children had a great morning and were talking about it all day, and the feedback from the members of staff who were present was very positive. Do please convey our thanks to Caroline and Laurie who kept the children engaged and involved throughout."
Louise Woods, St Michael's Primary School

"I wanted to say a huge thank you for the fantastic performance your company put on for our 'Anti-bullying Week'. Both the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed it and the underlying messages were very clear. Please pass my thanks on to your team."
Yeliz Aktunch, PSHE Coordinator, Brunswick Park Primary School

"The children, staff and I wish to thank you for a truly magnificent performance of “Not such an Ugly Duckling”. Not only was the puppetry very skilful; in particular the transformation from “ugly” to “beautiful”, but the anti-bullying message was put across gently but succinctly. The play was pitched perfectly for the nursery and infant children with sufficient humour, music and participation to hold everyone’s attention"
Sally Bowles Head Teacher, St James’ Primary School

"I want to say how much we all enjoyed “The Ugly Duckling” play. The children were enthralled and spoke of nothing else. They even enacted it themselves in the playground at dinner time. As bullying is a major concern for everybody in schools your show was the perfect way of teaching the children how wrong it is. I hope you will be back to entertain us again"
Kelly McGuire, Foundation Manager, Highfields Nursery and Infants’ School

Hi Albert,
Thanks for your visit. Key Stage 1 all loved the Ugly Duckling play. Here are a few comments from my class about what they enjoyed about the Ugly Duckling play - please feel free to use for publicity if you want:
'My favourite part was when the ugly duckling changed costume and became a swan' Mimi age 7
'I liked it because we were allowed to go on stage too and the puppets were really great. I liked the characters and how they changed costumes so fast.' Emmy age 7
'My favourite part was when the ugly duckling made friends with the frog and the cat, and when she made friends with the other swan at the end.' Evie age 6
Hopefully we will be booking you again next year!
Claire Gillett, Godstowe Prep School, High Wycombe

Hi Albert,

Thank You to you and your team for a lovely show on Sunday, please see attached the box office takings and amount to be invoiced to Under 1 Roof.
Have a lovely weekend!
Kind Regards,
Jessica, Events @ Under 1 Roof, Royal Arsenal Riverside, London

Dear Albert,

Thank you from the children and staff at St. Faith’s school for the superb performance of Not Such an Ugly Duckling. The children were engaged and involved and thoroughly enjoyed the performance. The performers showed great energy and magnificent skill with the puppetry. The anti-bullying message was delivered appropriately for the audience.
Many thanks,
Laura Greene,
Pre Prep Cover Teaching Assistant

Good Evening,

Thank you for the great Not such an Ugly Duckling performance.
The children loved it.
Regards, Sarah, Little Oaks Forest School

Hi Albert, 

I just want to say a massive thank you to you and your team for putting together an excellent performance of the Not such an Ugly Duckling, it was thoroughly enjoyed by all of our children and staff at Hindhayes. The anti-bullying message was very clear and the children are now more aware of the effects bullying can have on others.
Thank you again.

Miss Phoebe James, PHSE Coordinator, Hindhayes Infant School.