A play by Sabrina Mahfouz
Based on the book by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Jane Ray
An Omnibus Theatre and Little Angel Theatre co-production
21 September – 4 November
“the puppet giraffe, with her huge eyes and basketwork neck, is such a marvel”
Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
“magical” Everything Theatre
“What a delightful production this is!” Theatre Bubble
“totally engaging” The Play’s the Thing
Across the plains of Africa where grass grows tall and acacias taste sweet.
A young giraffe is sent as a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, but Paris is very far away…
With a boy called Atir to help Zeraffa find her way, the pair sail up the Nile past pyramids, sphinxes and temples and out across the stormy sea to a country where everything is different. No one has seen an animal like Zeraffa before. Can Zeraffa and Atir find a way to make this new place home?
Zeraffa Giraffa is an emotionally engaging tale that explores what it is like to be different. Based on the book by award-winning children’s author Dianne Hofmeyr, Zeraffa Giraffa is inspired by the astonishing true tale of a real giraffe. This brand new adaptation is told using beautiful hand-made puppets and an original musical score that will bring you along Zeraffa’s epic journey across land and sea.
Zeraffa Giraffa is aimed at ages 4 – 10. The show touches on ideas of friendship and acceptance, travelling alone and being a stranger abroad. Younger children may not follow everything, and there are some moments of peril and sadness (for example, Zeraffa is taken from her parents as a baby and there is a storm scene) before the story reaches its happy end.
Relaxed Performance: Saturday 7 October, 2.30pm
What is a relaxed performance? Find out more HERE.
Call box office on 020 7226 1787 to make a school booking.
Tickets for school groups are £6 per person with one free adult for every 10 children (weekdays only).
£14 Full-price Adults
£12 Children (age 1 – 15) and Concessions
Previews £7/£6 all performances 21 – 28 September
Friday Fives: all tickets £5 at 5pm on Fridays
Thursday 12 October: £5 tickets available for 5pm performance.
£1.80 booking fee applies to all card transactions (no fee for members – click here for details)
Running Time: 1 hour approx
Director – Elgiva Field
Puppets and Puppetry – Matthew Hutchinson
Set and Costume Designer and Maker – Ingrid Hu
Composer – Candida Caldicot
Lighting Designer – Oscar Wyatt
Sound Designer – Jon McCleod
Producer – Felicity Paterson
Artistic Consultants – Marie McCarthy (Dramaturgy) & Samantha Lane (Puppetry & Education)
Based on ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’, by Dianne Hofmeyr, illustrated by Jane Ray, published by Quarto Publishing Plc. Text copyright © Dianne Hofmeyr, 2014. Illustrations copyright © Jane Ray, 2014