Tall Stories presents

The Snail and the Whale

A play with music inspired by the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler

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Join an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father as they reimagine the story of a tiny snail’s incredible trip around the world, inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved picture book.

Longing to see the world, a tiny sea snail hitches a lift on the tail of a great big, grey-blue humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, brought vividly to life through live music, storytelling and lots of laughs - but when the whale gets beached, how will the snail save him?

A heart-warming adventure for everyone aged four and up, from Tall Stories, the Olivier Award-nominated company that brought you The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom live on stage.

Faultless family fare… One of the best examples of children’s theatre

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Captivating, inventive storytelling along with beautiful live music and songs – it’s highly recommended that you climb aboard and set sail!

Edinburgh Festival for Kids

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Fun free activities for families this summer!

Seaside Fun at the Yvonne Arnaud

Activities Dates & Times:

Wed 28 Jul: 12 - 3pm 
Thu 29 Jul: 10 - 2pm
Fri 30 Jul: 10 - 2pm
Sat 31 Jul: 10 - 2pm
Mon 2 Aug: 10 - 2pm
Tue 3 Aug: 10 - 4pm 
Wed 4 Aug: 10 - 4pm

Come and celebrate all things seaside as we prepare to welcome Tall Stories’ production of The Snail and the Whale to the theatre on 3 & 4 Aug. 

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Seaside Street Art - FREE
We have buckets of chalk and space in spades for you to draw your very own sea creatures in our theatre garden. 

Seaside Scavenger Hunt - FREE
Join in our scavenger hunt and find the fun seaside treasures hidden around our building and garden.

The Snail & the Whale Colouring Lunch Bags
Get a FREE Snail & the Whale colouring pack when you purchase one of our new Children’s Mix & Match lunch bags! 

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No need to book for these activities - just turn up and join in!

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Visiting the theatre safely

As we welcome you back to the Yvonne Arnaud, our number one priority is the health and wellbeing of our visitors and staff. 

How we can all work together to stay safe:

  • We ask that you consider others and continue to wear a face covering (unless exempt) whilst in our venue.
  • Please consider your distance from others and follow the one-way system around the building.
  • Please take care over handwashing. We will continue to provide hand sanitiser around the building.
  • All public areas will have continue to have enhanced cleaning and regular fogging.
  • All staff, performers, and volunteers will continue to be regularly tested and will wear face coverings.

We ask that whatever your views on social distancing and mask wearing, you respect everyone in the theatre and their choices.

Making a booking.

To reduce contact, tickets will only continue to only be available via email. You will not be able to collect tickets from the Box Office. If you are able to open your tickets, from your email, on your mobile phone or tablet, you can just show them to us on this device rather than printing them at home.

We are now selling all performances at full capacity, even if they were originally sold as socially distanced. You are now able to book for groups of any size and with those outside of your household.

If you would prefer not to be too close to other visitors, please contact the box office and we will do our best to recommend a performance or seats which may offer more space. 

Book with confidence!

Rest assured, should you have to isolate due to Covid-19 when you are due to come to a booked event, we will happily help you out.

Where possible, we will move you to a different performance of the same show. If this isn't possible, we will give you a gift voucher for the price of your ticket, valid for 12 months from date of issue, so that you can come and see something else when your isolation is over!

Please contact the Box Office with as much notice as possible before the show to arrange this. We are unable to do this retrospectively after a show.

As is always the case, should an event be cancelled we will issue a full refund.

Whilst you are at the theatre.

We ask that if you, or any of your party, meet any of the following criteria on the day of the performance, that you do not attend:

  • In the last 10 days, have developed Covid-19 symptoms.
  • In the last 10 days, have tested positive for Covid-19.
  • In the last 10 days, have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for Covid-19.
  • In the last 10 days, have been contacted by NHS Test and Trace system and told to self-isolate.

You are no longer required to undergo a temperature check, or to check-in on the NHS Test and Trace app.

There will be multiple hand sanitiser stations set up around the building. We ask that you continue to take care over handwashing, consider your proximity to others, and consider the safety of others and wear a face covering (unless exempt) when in our venue.

Our Café will be open before each event. We serve a range of alcoholic, hot, and soft drinks, as well as snacks and light meals. You can find out more about our food and drink offer, and view our current menu here.

We ask that you consider paying via contactless or card to help limit contact.

The cloakroom will continue to be closed. You will be able to take your belongings into the auditorium with you, but please bring the minimum number of personal items needed.

Prices

Adults: £18.00
Children: £15.50

Family Ticket: 4 tickets (including at least one adult): £62.00

Prices include all applicable fees & levies.

PRE-BOOKING IS NOW ESSENTIAL

To reduce contact, all tickets must now be purchased in advance and will be delivered by email only. The Box Office will not be open before a show for you to collect, or book tickets, to that event.

When you receive your tickets via email, you can either show them to us on a mobile phone or tablet, or print them out at home.
 

Details

Venue: Main House

Running Time: Approximately 55 minutes, with no interval.

Show Times

Tue 3 & Wed 4 Aug

Tue 3: 2pm & 4:30pm
Wed 4: 11am & 2pm

Accessibility

Access tickets available.
Please email the Box Office on boxoffice@yvonne-arnaud.co.uk to book.
For more info on Accessibility, click here.

Advisory Info

This production is suitable for children aged 4+, and their families.