Acclaimed children’s author Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler’s tale of The Snail and the Whale is coming to Arts Centre Melbourne’s Playhouse stage this school holidays.The production is the work of UK company Tall Stories, creators of the Gruffalo and Room on the Broom stage shows.

Their latest collaboration follows a tiny snail who longs to see the world, so she hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing journey, experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. But when the gigantic mammal gets beached, how will the tiny snail save the day?

Tall Stories’ adaptation was inspired by the work of Storybook Soldiers, who help British military personnel based overseas record bedtime stories on to CDs for their children back home. The amazing journey of the tiny snail is seen through the eyes of a very adventurous young girl who would love to be travelling the world with her seafaring father.

Performed in the company’s unique physical style of storytelling, live music and humour, it is a lively theatrical experience for everyone aged 4 and up. It features a British cast and all music and sound effects are created live on stage by an electric viola with an effects pedal. The book, published in 2003, is a modern classic, winning the 2004 Early Years, 2005 Blue Peter and 2007 Giverny awards.

June 29 – July 10