Unicorn Theatre announces writers & casting for ‘Aesop’s Fables’

Unicorn Theatre Artistic Director Justin Audibert and Associate Director Rachel Bagshaw will direct a series of eight newly commissioned plays from leading voices in theatre based on Aesop’s Fables classic tales.

They will play in repertory to two age groups, one for ages 4-7 (Sunday 16 June to Sunday 4 August 2019) and one for ages 8-12 (Thursday 21 June to Saturday 3 August 2019).

The cast includes Jessica Hayles, Shazia Nicholls, Guy Rhys, Nathaniel Wade and Rosie Wyatt.


The writers are:

EV Crowe with Playdate (with the Tortoise and the Hare) (for ages 4-7)

Annie Siddons with Ant and Hop (for ages 4-7)

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig with Frankie and the Cow, music composed by Ruth Chan (for ages 4-7)

Kaite O’Reilly with Dog and Wolf (for both age ranges)

Chris Thorpe with Filberts (for ages 8 – 12)

Naomi Iizuka with 2 Goats (for ages 8 – 12)

Somalia Seaton with [To Be An Ox] And Other Possible Aspirations (for ages 8 – 12)

Chris Goode with The Wolf & The Shepherd (for ages 8 – 12)


So far as is known, Aesop was a slave and storyteller who lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BC.  But although little is known of the man himself, over 725 of his stories remain – passed down from generation to generation.

Filtering the spirit and wisdom of these fables through the lens of contemporary culture, each writer has responded to an individual tale of their choosing and shaped and retold it for today with wit, vitality and theatrical intelligence.

This is a celebration of young and old, ancient and new – a tribute to how fresh, vivid, bold and vibrant the classics remain today.


Aesop’s Fables is designed by Lily Arnold and has lighting by Jai Mojaria, music by Jonathan Girling, and choreography by Annie-Lunnette Deakin-Foster.


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