21 Jun - 3 Aug 2019 Age guide: 8 - 12

A Unicorn Production

Aesop's Fables (Ages 8-12)

All the most interesting things are ambiguous.

  • Directed by Justin Audibert and Rachel Bagshaw
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  • Weston Theatre in the Unicorn
    Under 18s:
    £8 - £14
    Adults: £10 - £20
    Preview Prices until 26 Jan
    Friends & Family Offer

Age guide: 8 - 12 Duration: Approx 1 hr 10 mins

All the most interesting things are ambiguous.

'You couldn’t hope for a more exciting line-up of contemporary playwrights.' Lyn Gardner at Stagedoor 

As far as we know, Aesop was a slave and storyteller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC. But although we don’t know much about the man himself, we do still have over 725 of his stories – passed down from generation to generation.

We considered doing all 725 fables and then thought better of it. What we’ve done instead is asked a few of our favourite writers to select one fable and to re-tell it for today’s audience. We’re presenting two versions of the results: one for ages 4-7 and one for ages 8-12. This page is for the 8 - 12s show.

This production is a celebration of young and old, ancient and new – a tribute to how fresh, bold and vibrant the classics remain today.

Plays in this show are: Filberts by Chris Thorpe, 2 Goats by Naomi IizukaDog and Wolf by Kaite O’Reilly[To Be An Ox] And Other Possible Aspirations by Somalia Seaton (with help from Ava Uzokwe), and The Wolf & The Shepherd by Chris Goode







A selection of set designs from both productions, designed by Lily Arnold

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'Visually impressive and thought-provoking theatre.' The Family Stage

‘Greek fables have been reimagined by an exciting group of spirited and provocative playwrights.’ The Guardian

'A box set (literally) of fantastic episodes that pack a punch in to short space.' Audience Member

'Today’s audience howled like the wolves!!! What a fantastic afternoon.' Audience Member

'Imaginative adaptation, age appropriate. Thought provoking.' Audience Member

For Schools

Suitable for School Years 3 - 7
Tickets £10 / Non-fee school offers from £7

Free primary teacher CPD: 20 May, 10am - 4pm
Free teachers' resource pack available 
Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com

The Moral of the Story Workshop

25 Jul, 4pm | 26 Jul, 3pm | 27 Jul, 3.30pm
For 8 - 12s | 45 - 60 mins | £10 p/child (no adults allowed!)

Aesop was an extraordinary storyteller who used cunning foxes, surly dogs, clever mice, fearsome lions and foolish humans to affect us. Join us for a workshop that puts you in the story with these well-known characters. 

To book online, add tickets for the show to your basket on a matching date & add the workshop as a 'Suggested Extra'. To book the workshop on its own, please call the Box Office. This event is part of UpClub+

Ticket Offers

Preview prices 21 - 26 Jun

Family & Friends Offer from 28 Jun: Buy 4 tickets & save 15% (must include 1 adult / child ticket, excludes other offers). 

Access Performances

Relaxed Performances are open to everyone but particuarly support children with additional needs. Ajustments are made to sound and lighting and there is a chill-out space.

Download our free visual story guide

To book designated access seating for a Relaxed performance of Aesop's Fables enter or quote promo code ACCESS1819. If booking online, this will allow you to select a starred seat which has been locked off for access users. Then select the appropriate tickets, including access user ticket types. 

Find out more about Access at the Unicorn.

Relaxed Performance
Wednesday 17 July 2019, 13.30
Saturday 20 July 2019, 14.00

Cast & Creative Team

Jessica Hayles
Shazia Nicholls
Guy Rhys
Nathaniel Wade
Rosie Wyatt

Directors Justin Audibert & Rachel Bagshaw
Designer Lily Arnold
Lighting Designer Jai Morjaria
Composer Jonathan Girling
Choreographer Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster


Show image by Peter Schiazza & Eureka!
Rehearsal photos by Craig Sugden
Production photos by Alicia Clarke


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