The Snail and the Whale at The Lowry

Gemma Gibb, Associate Editor
Tall Stories

The Snail and the Whale at The Lowry, Salford, 30 May–3 June 2018, from £16 - Book now

We’re excited that this critically acclaimed musical adaptation of the bestselling The Snail and the Whale picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler is coming to The Lowry this half term.

Marking the 15th anniversary of this modern classic, the snail is one of Donaldson’s best characters. So excited by life and determined to find a way to see the world, big and little readers alike identify wistfully with “the sea is deep and the world is wide, “how I long to sail” said the tiny snail”.  Both in terms of travel, and achieving all the big things of your dreams.

A generous humpback whale allows her to hitch a lift on its tail and an incredible journey involving sharks, penguins, icebergs and volcanoes ensues. Until, that is, the whale gets beached and the tiny snail must think of a way to save him.

The charm of this production (aimed at ages four to ten) is that the amazing journey is brought to life through the eyes of a young girl who would like nothing more than to go round the world with her seafaring father. We see Dad, away with work, inspiring his daughter to use her imagination to step inside a story which will take her around the world.

Courtesy Tall Stories


This adaptation is an inspiring reminder to busy working families that imagination and imaginative play is actually blinking good fun. And that it can help you to feel enriched and achieve things too.

Created by Tall Stories (the Olivier Award-nominated company that also brought live adaptations of The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom to the stage), the production is influenced by the work of Storybook Soldiers, who help members of the military serving abroad to record bedtime stories for their children to hear at home.

Expect brilliant live music, cracking sound effects, gorgeous set … and ninja crabs.

The Snail and the Whale at The Lowry, Salford

30 May–3 June 2018
From £16

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