Adventurous young actors promise to get a stage adaptation of classic stories “just so” at the Customs House in South Shields this weekend.
The team from Red Table Theatre will be using intriguingly simple props ranging from pots and pans to umbrellas and lampshades to create the well-loved animal characters who populate Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories.
Socks, cushions and tennis balls will also feature in the imaginative production, aimed at children aged four-plus, which stops off on its national tour at the Mill Dam venue for a one-off performance at 1.30pm on Sunday.
In fact, there will be all sorts of everyday items that might be found in a dusty attic which the four-strong cast will transform into fantastic places and creatures such as a crab which is apparently “bigger than the smoke from three volcanoes”.
Kipling, best known for writing The Jungle Book, famously created the stories for his own children. They were first published in 1902 and have remained hugely popular.
This performance will be based on his 13 Just So Stories, featuring such favourites as The Elephant Child, How the Whale Got his Throat and How the Camel Got his Hump.
Ray Spencer, executive director of The Customs House, said: “We’re very excited to welcome this wonderful collection of stories to The Customs House.
“The Just So Stories effortlessly lead the audience on an unforgettable song-filled journey with such simple props.”
Marketing and programming co-ordinator Ali Brown added: “This will be a great show for creative kiddies or children who love a good bedtime story.
“These stories are a personal favourite of mine and I can’t wait to see what Red Table Theatre do with them.”
Buy tickets online at www.customshouse.co.uk or from the box office on 0191 454 1234.