Story Pocket Theatre presents A Pocketful of Grimms

Saturday 15th October, 1pm & 3pm | Ages 5+

A Pocketful of Grimms

A Pocketful of Grimms

Story Pocket Theatre presents A Pocketful of Grimms. Let the Storyteller take you to a land of fables and wonder to explore some of the best fairy tales ever told. Find yourself lost in a host of adventures that are weird, dark, funny and fantastical.

An exciting new look at some of the Grimm Brothers’ favourite tales, including Rumpelstiltskin, the Golden Goose, Cat and Mouse in Partnership and the original version of Beauty and the Beast.

These tales come to life in a high-energy mix of clowning, physical theatre, puppetry, music and much more.

This play is suitable for children 5 years and over.

Adapted by Adam Forde | Directed by Julia Black and Adam Forde |Original music by George Jennings

"Story Pocket Theatre… a fantastic addition to the children’s theatre family"

The Scotsman


The Team: Alison Beattie, Julia Black, Adam Forde & Mark Pitman

Story Pocket Theatre

Story Pocket Theatre

Story Pocket Theatre was set up in 2013 from a passion to produce beautiful, wonderful and magical theatre for families and to keep the classic stories alive.

Alison Beattie

Alison has had wide experience as an actress, singer and producer. Whilst living in Spain for 5 years she set up and ran an annual youth arts festival, organising over 40 groups and their performances during the week long festival. This also included a national dance competition which involved the winners dancing at Sadler’s Wells, London and Disneyland, Paris.

Having returned to England she then worked at the Yvonne Arnaud Youth Theatre as an administrator for 5 years. She has worked as musical director for three youth theatre shows and as a workshop leader.

Other projects include: setting up and leading a local drama group for 7 – 13 year olds, co-producing and directing a community project opera in London involving over 100 children with a combined cast and orchestra of 180 top professionals and amateurs performing alongside each other, leading music and puppet workshops for 0-3yrs.

Julia Black

Jules created a youth theatre from a small existing group at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre 20 years ago. She has been devising and running workshops in theatres and schools in the area ever since and has a rich experience of working with and leading young people and practitioners. She has directed over 40 productions for the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre working with actors of various ages performing classics and new writing, premiering several original musicals which have since been published. Every production has brought more acclaim for the theatre and the reputation of the Youth Theatre has spread far and wide. It has grown from one group to currently 13 groups and is one of the most exciting and active youth theatres in the country.

Jules studied Drama and Education at university and then taught and directed in schools at home and abroad. Now with children of her own, Jules has all the knowledge, passion and experience of children’s theatre to take this next step of starting a professional theatre company.

Adam Forde

Adam Forde has made theatre with and for young people for more than 30 years. As an actor he has appeared as far afield as London and Edinburgh and beyond in a wide variety of productions including Shakespeare, contemporary and physical drama and comedy and pantomime.

For the last 12 years he has worked in youth theatre at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre directing more than 40 plays and musicals with all age groups. He is the head of the Youth Theatre and education department at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre and presides over one of the busiest of its kind in the country with eight annual productions, two shows at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, a variety of Theatre in Education projects and countless workshops in schools throughout the year. As well as youth theatre productions, Adam has directed opera and more than a dozen pantomimes. He has written many plays and musicals to be performed by young casts and for young audiences. His adaptations, with music by David Perkins, of Arabian Nights and The Wind in the Willows have both been published and are regularly produced around the world. He has co-written several pantomimes which have been performed repeatedly. His most recent writing has been a nationally acclaimed short play, Off the Level (with Alison Beattie) which highlights the dangers of level crossings and which has been performed nationwide, an adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s novel, The War of Jenkins’ Ear and a new working of Arabian Nights for Story Pocket Theatre. He has also compiled Forever Young, a collection of songs, poetry, diary extracts and personal accounts from the First World War which will be performed in schools and at the 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Story Pocket Theatre: The team

Story Pocket Theatre: The team

Mark Pitman

Mark has no experience with stage or screen. He left school at 18 and became an Estate Agent which could become a little theatrical!

He then moved on to property investment and development throughout the UK but concentrating on London and the South East.

In the last 20 years he has invested in and helped run sales and manufacturing companies.

Story Pocket is his first theatre company and he loves the enthusiasm and commitment shown by this talented team.

He and his lovely wife Jackie are also now promoting 2 artists. He admits to starting out not understanding the importance of The Arts but now knows how it can transform many people’s lives.
£7/£24 family ticket | Booking line: 020 8692 4446


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Canada Water Culture Space

is an intimate 150 seat theatre showcasing the best in new work, comedy, contemporary theatre, dance and music. Located on the ground floor of the Canada Water Library, the Culture Space is programmed by the Albany in partnership with Southwark Council.



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Canada Water Culture Space LocationOpening times

Canada Water Library is open Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm and Sunday 12noon to 4pm. Evening opening according to performance and events schedule

Canada Water Library and Culture Space is situated directly above Canada Water station (Jubilee line and London overground). Exit the station towards Surrey Quays Shopping Centre.

Buses: 199, 1, 225, 47, 188, 381, C10, P12


There is wheelchair access throughout the building. Induction loops are available



Disclaimer: The information in this calendar is subject to changes and cancellation. We always recommend to check with the organiser.

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