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We are soooo excited! Yes we are! To welcome The Snail and the Whale to the Torch Theatre on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July. The play is inspired by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler - (The Gruffalo and Room on the Broom). We wanted to know more about this wonderful family show and decided to do some digging …..

We interviewed Aaron Millard who plays the dad …

Tell us a bit about your character?

Hello, I'm Aaron and I play the Dad. He works in the Navy, so he's often away across the sea away from his wife and their daughter. Every time he comes home he likes to make things special for his daughter, and their favourite thing to do together is to read and act out her favourite book - 'The Snail and the Whale.'

How do you go about learning your lines?

I have to use lots of different ways to learn lines. First I read the whole play a few times. Then I write out all of my lines. Then I record myself reading all the lines, so I can listen to it while I'm shopping or travelling to work. And finally I start speaking along with it! 

Do you ever get nervous acting on stage?

I love performing! I like to think of nerves more as being excited! 

What’s so special about the Snail and the Whale?

It's definitely a show for everyone. Our version is of Dad and daughter having fun together, telling stories, really missing each other when he's away, but making the most of the time when they're together. And it's such a wonderful book! 

What’s your favourite part of the show?

My favourite bit is definitely making a volcano...

Is there an educational aspect to the show, and if so, what?

Absolutely! We've got some maths, some science, some art! We learn about storytelling, how to make big things from lots of little things put together. Where places are? No matter how big you are you can always make a difference. Your loved ones are always with you, even if you can't see them. Also...stay out of the splash zone! (or - sharks always come in three's!)

Does having a good reaction from the audience give you a boost and why?

Oh yeah! We love getting a good reaction from the audience! We've got lots of moments for the audience to join in with, and I'm allowed to be silly and tell some funny jokes too!

Will there be a lot of audience participation? If so, what?

Ooooooh yes! Maybe they'll be asked to sing along, maybe they'll be asked to help suggest their favourite drawings, maybe they'll need act like penguins!!

The Snail and the Whale will visit the Torch Theatre on Friday 7th July at 4.30pm & Saturday 8th July at 11am & 1.30pm. Tickets are: Adult £14.00 | Child £12.00 | Family £48.00. Tickets can be purchased from the Box Office at the Torch Theatre on 01646 695267 or by clicking here.



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