by Joe Bromley and Willow Nash

Giving traditional tales a whole new twist!  Introducing storytelling with a dash of PSHE, a hint of history… and not a wishy-washy princess in sight.  This show supports and celebrates literacy.

“Our children loved the creative and very inspiring visit from Really Big Pants… an amazing adventure that was thoroughly enjoyed by our whole school.  It was an exciting twist on many traditional tales and the children were totally engaged.  We highly recommend Joe and Willow visiting your school!”
Miss Cox, deputy head, Willowbrook Primary

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Created for KS1 and KS2

Running time 50 minutes

Red loves bedtime stories with Grandma.  As well as reading them from a book, they make up their own too.  Stories with a beginning, middle and an end; goodies and baddies; adventure; excitement – and lots of ‘suddenlies’!

But one evening, as Red and Grandma settle down with ‘Once upon a time…’, they are interrupted by their neighbour, the wily Mr Wolfe, urged by his new wife to demolish Grandma’s ancient treehouse.  Enraged, Grandma sends him off with his tail between his legs – back to the vain Svetlana with her passion for endless stuff, and his son, Edwin, a spoilt but lonely child, who struggles with reading and needs help with his story homework.

Edwin sees his chance to get his father’s attention and brings a faulty genie into their lives… triggering a dangerous quest and a race against time!

Can Red inspire Edwin to be a) Adventurous, b) Brave and c) Courageous?

Will Edwin ever get the attention he needs from his dad?

And will Svetlana finally accept that Perky Purple hair dye will never be the new black?!

Join these lively characters battling to save Grandma’s treehouse!  Meet a magic mirror!  Persuade a bird of paradise to lay an egg!  Learn about the importance of friendship and why ‘stuff’ doesn’t always have to be bought.  And there’ll be a trip on a flying carpet!

This show is a springboard into learning for the new primary curriculum, focusing on literacySUDDENLY…! provides a thorough entry point into storytelling, using traditional tales and PSHE, history and nature.  Our resource pack for teachers is bulging with discussion points and activities in artdrama and physical education for use prior to and following our performance.

Pre-show activity
Grandma will need all the help she can get sorting out that faulty genie!  She’s going to try a spell from a very special book but it calls for LOTS of voices… can you help her by learning it before the show and remembering to say it with her when she needs you?  You’ll be just like actors learning their lines for a play!  Here it is:

Share, care, try your best
Mind your manners and wear your vest
It all comes back to the A B C
Be the hero of your own story!

Plus we can provide you with some pants templates (really big ones) as an optional pre-show craft activity!  The children can decorate them for Grandma and hang them on washing lines in our playing space before we arrive.  We have performed under some marvellous displays!

SUDDENLY…! is also available as a chapter book!  We’ve adapted it into a short story and added two further adventures for Grandma and Red, with glorious illustrations by Rosie Alabaster throughout, and presented in a dyslexia-friendly format.  The book can be bought from us at events, and is stocked in Chicken & Frog, Stoke Newington Bookshop, Burway Books, Sevenoaks Bookshop, Foyles or Waterstones.

A ‘non-stop adventure featuring delicious wordplay’ (Kentish Towner) – SUDDENLY…! is also a ‘rip-roaring’ audiobook!  Can you spot all the objects in Grandma’s hair on the cover, illustrated by Rosie Alabaster?  Published by Strathmore, it’s available in Waterstones, Haslemere Bookshop and Owl Bookshop.  And you can currently download it for FREE on the Cloudaloud app!

During the lockdown of spring 2020, we wrote and shared a story featuring Grandma and Red called EVEN SUDDENLIER…!, where they teamed up with Bevan Enaitchess to battle Mr Covid and his daughter Corona.  You can read it for free here!  A really big thank you to everyone who sent in illustrations and suggestions for character names.

For the live show, please may we have:
A parking space for our car
Access to a plug socket
An hour in the space beforehand to set up, and at least 30 minutes afterwards to pack away
Lots of brilliant kids in the audience!

We also have an online version of this show – head to our ONLINE SHOWS page for all the details!

“What a wonderful show!  Such enthusiasm, creativity and warmth.  We thoroughly enjoyed it.  Thank you”
Parent, Stratford Literary Festival