Friendship takes centre stage in heart-warming tale for three to six year-olds

Release Date: 15/03/2017

The Girl and The Giraffe, an uplifting show about friendship and wellbeing for children aged three to six and their families is coming to the OSO Arts Centre in Barnes on Sunday 26 March.

One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence. Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she is surprised when she comes face to face with... Giraffe!

The heart-warming tale from the production company Floods of Ink is told through puppetry and centres on their growing friendship and the moment Girl discovers Giraffe isn’t very well. She tries everything she can to make him feel a bit better; putting on bandages, making a cup of tea, and even baking a truly magnificent cake, but she doesn't get it quite right. Girl soon realises that Giraffe doesn't need a plaster for a graze on his arm or a scratch on his knee. Giraffe is sad and Girl learns that sometimes we need a different kind of plaster for the things we can't always see.

Richmond Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Cllr Meena Bond, said:

“The Girl and The Giraffe is a story about making friends and learning to understand that sometimes people can be poorly in ways that aren't always obvious, and it can be the little things in life that can make a big difference. Charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling combine in this sensitive show about wellbeing and friendship, told from a child's perspective. It’s a must see for children and families so come along for a nice day out.”

The Girl and the Giraffe is one of several productions that form part of Half Moon Presents, the producing arm of Half Moon, supporting the promotion and development of theatre for young audiences at a national and international level.

The Girl and the Giraffe was created in collaboration with director Titania Krimpas, designer Amy Yardley and composer Greg Hall. The story is told by two performers, Amber-Rose May and Laurence Alliston-Greiner, who are also the co-artistic directors of Floods of Ink.

Amber-Rose May, added:

“The Girl and The Giraffe is a story about making friends and learning to understand that sometimes people can be poorly in ways that aren't always obvious, and it can be the little things in life that can make a big difference,”

“We listened and shared personal stories with friends and family, and began talking to people whose lives had been affected by mental illness. We realised that these things can be really daunting for adults to talk to children about, so we decided to create a show that, starts to explore these issues in a sensitive and age-appropriate way,” she said.

The curtain rises at the OSO Arts Centre, Station Road, Barnes on Sunday, March 26, at 11.30am and second showing at 2.30pm – shows last 45 minutes. Tickets £6 (under 3 years free) Box Office 0208 831 6000 or  or OSO Box Office: 020 8876 9885.

For further information or to arrange interviews, photographs and press tickets please contact India Crawford on 0208 831 6460 or india.crawford@richmond.gov.uk


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Updated: 15 March 2017