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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 the blood of a British man.”.

(These words by Shakespeare were a discovery for me - Stephen King was clearly inspired by them too - he has a huge 7-book series called the Dark Tower which starts with the words 'Child Roland to the dark tower came....)

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.

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 to see your drawings inspired by these stories! Please email them to, and we'll start a gallery on our website:

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 this YouTube channel, or follow us on facebook ( to keep up to date with the latest episode!

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