The Elves & The Shoemaker at Waterside Arts

Part of our Families guide

Debbie Cowley, Families Editor
The elves and the shoemaker. Two green puppets with a male and female actor either side of them.
Image courtesy of Waterside Arts

The Elves & The Shoemaker at Waterside Arts, Manchester, 15–17 April 2020, from £7.50 - Book now

Waterside Arts welcomes back Stuff and Nonsense this April for a hilarious re-telling of the much-loved classic fable, The Elves and the Shoemaker.

The original story follows the fortunes of a poor shoemaker who receives much-needed help from three young helpful elves. It was written in 1806 as part of a collection of fairy tales by the Grimm brothers. It is a tale that has been re-imagined many times over, but perhaps never quite like this before…

The elves and the shoemaker. Set with male and female actor stood on stage.

Sam Lacey has a big imagination when it comes to designing and making shoes. His shoes are amazing, but his shoe-making business is a disaster… Why would anyone buy a pair of Banana Skin slippers or spend money on shoes for a spider?! Then, one night, two tiny green visitors climb into his kitchen and start stitching and cutting and snipping and gluing…Sam Lacey is about to get the surprise of a lifetime!

Stuff and Nonsense have had great success at Waterside Arts with recent shows, including The Enormous Turnip, The Emperor’s New Clothes and last year’s smash-hit, The Gingerbread Man. They return with this hugely creative and thoroughly delightful treat for the whole family. Expect lots of laughs and skilled puppetry.

Run time is 6o minutes with no interval.

Recommended for children aged 3+.

The Elves & The Shoemaker at Waterside Arts, Manchester

15–17 April 2020
From £7.50

Dates and Times

  • 15 April 2020 2:00 pm
  • 16 April 2020 11:00 am
  • 16 April 2020 2:00 pm
  • 17 April 2020 11:00 am
  • 17 April 2020 2:00 pm
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