“An Otter’s Tale” by Fat Cat Theatre Company
Three enchanting stories about the animals who live at Shapwick Nature Reserve in Somerset or: “Close encounters of the furred kind”
Running time: approx 55 minutes
This fantastic puppet show was commissioned and specially written for Natural England by Jane Leakey of Fat Cat Theatre Company. It tells the stories of some of the amazing animals who live at Shapwick Nature Reserve in Somerset and provides a fantastic opportunity to meet the inhabitants “up close and personal”.
Delightful puppets bring the story to life – including Jack the rat, Buddy the mink, Emily the watervole and Harry the heron. Jane spent many hours researching these wonderful creatures and then creating her fantastic puppets which both children and adults love.
Jane really enjoys performing the show: “Sometimes it is tricky to see animals in the wild. That is why puppets are so brilliant in giving children the opportunity to meet the local wildlife face to face. I find that young audiences gain a great deal of knowledge when they meet my characters, whilst having fun at the same time. Some young people, after viewing the show, are inspired to go to Shapwick to look at the real thing. And Shapwick is one of the best places in the UK to see otters.
Recommended for children aged four and over
“Pure magic; amusing, sometimes moving and very sharply observed”
“Featuring beautiful puppets which both children and adults adore”
J Yeung, The Natural History Museum
P Schilling, Shaftesbury Arts Centre