Adapted by the company from the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan Children's Books)

Current company

Daughter/ Snail
Hannah Miller
Dad/ Whale
Tim Hibberd
Narrator/ Viola Player
Rachel Benson
Narrator Alternate/ ASM
Charlotte Mafham


Toby Mitchell
Creative Producer
Olivia Jacobs
Isla Shaw
Lighting Designer
James Whiteside
Richard Heacock
Broadcast Director
Andrew Pugsley
Oscar Thompson
Roving Camera
Toby Mitchell
Lighting Operator
Natalia Scorer
Assistant Stage Managers
Robyn Wilson & Harriet Billington
Associate Director
Natalia Scorer
Costume Supervisors
Alice Lessing and Lisa Aitken
Concept Design
Prop Refurbishment
Bryony Rumble
Set Construction
Footprint Scenery / Harrogate Scenic Services
Scenic Painter
Kerry Jarrett
Chair Upholstery
Karen Wood
Wooden Snails
Jack Chivers
Set Transportation
CEG Logistics
Thanks to
Julia Donaldson CBE, Axel Scheffler and everyone at Macmillan Children’s Books; Showstopper Productions Ltd, Something for the Weekend and Suzanna Rosenthal for live-streaming equipment and expertise; Stacy Meshbane, Sarah Saltwick and Spring Karlo from Holden & Associates; all our associate live-stream tour venues; initial devisers Audrey Brisson, Ellen Chivers, Martyn Dempsey, Tim Hibberd, Luanna Priestman and Rhiannon Wallace; Verity Clayton; The Tall Stories Board of Trustees; Islington Council and Central Library, Islington; Gary Beestone, Richard Seary and Seb Cannings from Gary Beestone Ltd.; Woodside Contract Services Ltd; Lamp and Pencil Ltd; Autograph Sound Ltd; Unusual Rigging Ltd; J&C Joel Ltd; Audience Systems Ltd; PJ from Monk & Toogood Ltd; Lee Elston; and special thanks to Kirsty Alderson and Rosemary Meeke from Storybook Soldiers.
This show is for Dominic and Lauren.