1 Oct - 31 Oct 2021 For ages 3 - 8

A Unicorn and Illuminations Production

Anansi the Spider Re-spun - digital theatre

The popular digital show returns for Black History Month.

  • Created and directed by Justin Audibert

The popular digital show returns for Black History Month.

★★★★★ A Younger Theatre

Our enormously popular digital theatre experience Anansi the Spider Re-spun for ages 3 - 8, is returning for Black History Month this October.

Inspired by our 2019 five-star hit show, Anansi the Spider, about the infamous mischief-maker and master spinner of yarns, we've adapted these classic West African and Caribbean tales for Unicorn Online. Made with our film partner, Illuminations, we've creatively responded to the current situation - the cast filmed themselves in their own homes so that we can bring them to yours!

The Anansi videos are accompanied by free creative learning resources for teachers and a free family activity pack for home learning.

As part of Unicorn Online, during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are offering a range of free online theatrical experiences that we hope will be enjoyed by children across London, the UK and beyond.

Anansi the Spider Re-spun can be watched on our YouTube channel 1 - 31 October 2021.

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Free schools resource for Years 1 - 2

Created by Storyteller and Dramatherapist Sam Adams and Unicorn's Learning Associate Cath Greenwood, within the context of the Black Lives Matter movement, our free digital resource has been specifically designed to support teachers in using creative storytelling and drama activities whilst offering pupils opportunities to play and explore Anansi's world and to reflect on the importance of these stories in our shared culture and history.

Written for teachers, the activities can be adapted for classroom or home-learning.

 To view and download our Anansi-inspired resources, visit our resources page.

Free family activity pack

Our free Anansi-inspired resource pack includes fun and easy to follow activities that explore the themes and characters of the Anansi stories, through storytelling, drawing, drama and writing tasks.

The pack can be used by families at home before and after watching our Anansi stories online. Teachers can also use the pack for remote or in-school learning.

 To view and download our Anansi-inspired resources, visit our resources page.


★★★★★ 'The infectious energy infused into every aspect of the story allows the performers to transcend the screen, delivering an unbeatably fun and fresh experience ... it radiates pride and inclusivity.' A Younger Theatre on episode 1

★★★★★ 'Audibert and his team have seemingly perfected the art of translating theatre into a digital space ... Anansi has found a new theatrical language that works far better in these online mediums.' A Younger Theatre on episode 2

★★★★ 'It’s not only a smart move from a venue that has always provided the highest quality theatre to young people – and continues to do so in strained circumstances – but a real joy too.' The Stage 

'A joyful piece of storytelling with a charming anti-hero.' British Theatre Guide


Afia Abusham
Sapphire Joy
Juliet Okotie

Creative Team:
Creator and Director: Justin Audibert
Editor and Technical Director: Todd MacDonald
Designer: Sadeysa Greenaway-Bailey
Composer and Sound Designer: Duramaney Kamara
Movement Director: Lucy Cullingford
Assistant Director: Alice Wordsworth
Costume Supervisor: Maybelle Laye


Unicorn Online has been made possible with the generous support of the Backstage Trust and Bloomberg Philanthropies.



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