Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 9 – The Six Swans

How many of you have heard of today’s story – ‘The Six Swans’? It’s originally from Germany and was collected by The Brothers Grimm. We like it because there’s so much to think about with the characters in the story. Can you imagine being turned into a swan?! Those brothers spent most of 6 years being swans – would you like that or not? How would you spend your time? What would you miss about being human? There’s also a few characters who have stories that need finishing off! What happened to the King at the start of the story? And the evil stepmother who turns the brothers into swans – what happens to her? Right at the end of the story, the Kings evil mother is unmasked and her scheming is

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 8 – Rumplestiltskin

Today’s story ‘Rumplestiltskin’ was requested by Jessie in London. Great choice Jessie – we love this story! One year we mixed it up with the story of Jack and the Beanstalk for our annual pantomime. We love mixing fairy tales together to make new stories. Have you ever tried that? We start by looking for the unanswered questions in a story, and then trying to answer them with other fairy tales. For example, do you remember the old man in Jack and the Beanstalk who gives Jack the magic beans in exchange for the cow? What a mischievous fellow! And with a pocket full of magic beans too – he was no ordinary character. Who was he? After talking about his character for a while, we decided that he

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 7 – Little Red Riding Hood

Today’s story is dedicated to Isabella and Rose who have sent us some beautiful illustrations to go our the ‘Tales from the Treehouse’ page of our website. Please have a look, and we’d love to add some more too, do send yours in - you can email them to info@treehousetheatre.com Little Red Riding Hood is a tale of many endings. The story has been around for more than 1000 years so there’s been plenty of versions over time. Some are all about forgiveness and repentance, some are gruesome and dark! Our ending is the Brothers Grimm version. (OK, might be a bit grim!). What do you think should happen to the Big Bad Wolf? Maybe you could write your own ending? Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales fro

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 6 – The 3 Billy Goats Gruff

Today’s story was requested by Isla who lives in London. ‘The 3 Billy Goats Gruff’ is a folktale from Norway, and Trolls often feature in Scandinavian stories. We'd love to see your drawing of Trolls - please do email them to us: info@treehousetheatre.com. This is a fun story to act out as well, if you fancy making your own play today! Maybe yours will end differently? Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engaging. The listeners' imagination is free to draw its own imagery and create its own world, inspiring future interaction with the story and its characters.

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 5 – Jack and the Beanstalk

This one’s a bit longer than some of the others – more like 30 mins than 15, so make sure you are comfortable and relaxed (yes that does mean nip to the loo!) before you hit play! ‘Jack’ is an archetypal character in English & especially Cornish folk lore and there’s lots of stories where the hero is called Jack. Can you think of any more? We might see a bit more of 'Jack' in the days to come! Folklorists reckon this story has been around for about 5000 years! The ‘Fi, fie fo fum’ bit was coined by Shakespeare in King Lear (written in 1606)– the actual words are spoken by Edgar at the end of Act 3 Scene 4: “ Child Roland to the dark tower came, His word was still “Fie, foh, and fum, I smell

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 4 – The Golden Goose

‘The Golden Goose’ isn’t very well known really, but it has a wonderful message about the importance of laughter and kindness. Perhaps rather relevant to our current lifestyles! We sometimes tell ‘The Golden Goose’ as a Superhero Story – sharing laughter is definitely a superpower. It’s an old European folk tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. There’s a very similar Jataka Tale (a Buddhist folktale) as well – it’s interesting how stories with the same powerful message repeat in the folk tales of such disparate places. Told by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engagi

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 3 - Goldilocks

Presented by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engaging. The listeners' imagination is free to draw its own imagery and create its own world, inspiring future interaction with the story and its characters. Today's story is going out on Mothers Day, so is of course dedicated to all the Mothers and those with Mothering roles. If you tell your children stories (or listen to stories with them!) you give them such a gift, and they in turn pass that on to their own children. We need stories - a safe place in our imaginations to explore the world. If you are listening with

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 2 - The Three Little Pigs

Presented by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engaging. The listeners' imagination is free to draw its own imagery and create its own world, inspiring future interaction with the story and its characters. One of our first listeners, Isla, used her teddies to act out the story of 'The Gingerbread Man' - that sounds fun! Bertie, Barney and Roo listened to it in a den in the lounge, and their Grandpa Joe enjoyed it as a bedtime story! We'd love to hear what you like about the stories, where you listened to them and who with - please leave us a comment. We'd also love

Tales from the Treehouse - Episode 1 - The Gingerbread Man

Presented by Ben Lindsey-Clark, Tales from the Treehouse invite you to be swept away by your own imagination! Stories that we listen to (rather than watch) are immersive and engaging. The listeners' imagination is free to draw its own imagery and create its own world, inspiring future interaction with the story and its characters. Since we're working from home for a while - quite a challenge for a theatre company! - there will be plenty more stories coming! Please subscribe to our blog or follow us on facebook to keep up to date with future episodes. Episode 1 - The Gingerbread Man: ​ We'd love to see your drawings inspired by these stories! Please email them to info@treehousetheare.com, an