Rise & Shine Saturday Virtual Story Time

NEXT DATE : Chantecleer and the Fox of his Dreams Saturday 8th August, 10.30am

Do you ever dream a dream and then have it come true? Chantecleer the handsome cockerel has, and it was the source of quite some trouble in the farmyard. An ancient tale which is still as good as new, and its source is lost in the mists of time. Age guidance – 3yrs+

From June – December on selected Saturdays, Mad Alice Theatre Company professional performers Shelley O’Brien and Pete Baynes are set to share with you (and the whole entire world!) some of their favourite stories.

So sit down, get comfy and get ready to escape into your imagination with some traditional tales from across the globe with a Mad Alice twist – some stories you’ll recognise as old favourites and some may be new to you; that’s part of the fun!                 

New stories will be premiered Saturdays (see programme below) and will be available to view on Mad Alice Facebook page and YouTube channel. We invite you to join us for our Saturday “watch party” to watch along and enjoy each story in real time but stories will remain available to view after the Saturday premiere.

Story times will last approx. 15 -25 minutes.

Each session will close with something for you and your child to do, share or think about together. We’d love you to share your responses to our creative prompts and see pictures of you watching along on social, so get tagging us on Facebook @madalicetheatre or use the hashtag across any channel #MadAliceOnline

To find out more about Mad Alice Theatre Company’s virtual Saturday story times including if you’re school or group interested in *hosting* a story time – email: [email protected]


SNORRI AND THE GREAT NORTH WIND. A tale from the far north. Snorri visits the North Wind and returns home with three gifts. But it’s a long journey to the Arctic regions and A LOT can happen on the way back, as we are about to find out! Snorri is a figure from the Icelandic Sagas. The origins of these myths and their recording are somewhat murky. Age guidance – 3yrs+

A tale from the far north. Snorri visits the North Wind and returns home with three gifts. But it’s a long journey to the Arctic regions and A LOT can happen on the way back, as we are about to find out! Snorri is a figure from the Icelandic Sagas. The origins of these myths and their recording are somewhat murky. Age guidance – 3yrs+

SNOW WHITE AND ROSE RED. What would you do if a great brown bear came knocking on your door one winter’s evening? Would you brush the snow from his fur? Give him some food? Well, Sisters Snow White and Rose Red did just that! But was that really a glint of gold they saw under his fur? A Brothers Grimm story of spells, good over evil and happily ever afters. Ages guidance – 7yrs +

BILLY GOATS GRUFF. Trit trot, trit trot, trit trot, The Three Billy Goats Gruff go as they cross the little wooden bridge. Will they reach the lush green grass on the other side? Or will the very mean and grumpy troll who is waiting for them, gobble them up!? Join us to find out! An engaging, fun and popular 19TH Century Norwegian folktale for the whole family! Age guidance – 3yrs+

The Frog Prince Saturday 22nd August, 10.30am

Never has there been such a greedy, spoilt and bad-tempered Princess. NOTHING seems to make her happy and she never does what she is told! Oh! What a naughty girl! But when a talking frog comes to live with her in her palace, could he be the one to finally teach her good manners? Will he make her smile? And who is this frog… is he as he seems?

A fun Brothers Grimm fairy story for all children!

Age guidance – 3yrs+

Poverty Blacksmith Saturday 12th September, 10.30am

In this tale we meet a blacksmith who is so poor everyone simply calls him Poverty. He may be lacking in food and money, but what he lacks in material things, he makes up with in his BIG ideas and generosity to strangers. But he’s not a fool and woe betide any visitors who mean mischief……

This tale for the family has a sting in its tail and is adapted from a telling of the story by Estève Baleste in 1879, translated from the Occitan language.

Age guidance – 7yrs+

Thumbelina Saturday 26th September, 10.30am

Thumbelina is a little girl, found in an open flower who sleeps in a walnut and is eventually kidnapped by a toad! She spends happy days with her new friend Mrs Fieldmouse, but will her kindness save her from marrying the boring Mr Mole?

An enchanting Hans Christian Anderson story for children and one the grown-ups are sure to know from their childhood!

Age guidance – 3 yrs+

Halloween Double Bill #1 Saturday 24th October, 10.30am

Teeny Tiny

A teeny-tiny woman goes for a teeny-tiny walk and finds a teeny-tiny bone belonging to a teeny-tiny ghost! And that teeny-tiny ghost is not happy about the teeny-tiny woman using its teeny-tiny bone to make some teeny-tiny soup!

A charming old English folktale for “teeny tiny” children at Halloween!

Age guidance – 3yrs+

Left Holding The Baby

An old couple hear a knock at their door one stormy night and on opening their door, they find a baby boy and take him in – and Oh! This baby brings them so much joy! But is everything as it seems?  Could they have seen what was coming? Maybe one of them did……

This story is made up of elements which appear frequently in different stories from many different places. It has been recorded in Northumberland and this version mentions a fair at Longhorsely.

Ages guidance – 7yrs+

Halloween Double Bill #2 Saturday 31st October, 10.30am

Jack O'Lantern

This children’s story tells the tale of how the tradition of the hallowe'en lantern came to be; get ready to meet Jack and find out how he (just) managed to escape his just desserts. A traditional tale with all the seasonal elements.

This version is possibly from Scotland, possibly from Ireland.

Age guidance – 7yrs+

The Tailor and the Goblin

Jack might be the best tailor in Scotland but is he the bravest? Dare he go to the old haunted graveyard at night and sew the finest jacket? Will the Goblins gobble him up and the monsters drag him under? As the ground shakes and great arms appear will he have time to finish the jacket and make it back to the rich landowner’s castle alive?! Join us to find out.

A children’s story based on a 19th Century Celtic fairy tale with just the right amount of scary Halloween suspense!

Ages guidance – 7yrs +

Peter and the Magic Goose Saturday 14th November, 10.30am

Poor Peter; he’s not very bright and the youngest of 3 brothers who always make him do all the work! Humph! But his kind heartedness wins the days and sees him gain his fortune with the help of a little red-faced old man and a goose in a tree trunk. Yes, a goose in a tree trunk!! But be careful grab hold of that goose at your peril!! Uh oh!

A fun story from “Fairy stories and Fables” by American 19/20th Century writer James Baldwin for all the family!

This extra special session brings together Mad Alice’s Shelley AND Pete for a duet performative retelling of this wonderful story.

Ages guidance – 7yrs +

Christmas Double Bill #1 Saturday 5th December, 10.30am

The Wibbly Wobbly Camel

A baby camel wants to run before he can walk. But are his legs strong enough and what could possibly go wrong? Actually…..quite a lot when he sets out with his mother across the desert on a special mission. But don’t fear - there’s a happy ending for our baby camel and co.

A Christmas story from Syria.

Age guidance – 3yrs+


All the neighbours are outside excited about the biggest star anyone has ever seen but old lady Babushka is more concerned about dusting and sweeping and keeping her home tidy! And oh! She always has so much to do!!! But when three men wrapped in long robes and swathed in turbans rat tat tat at her door, will she make time to go with them and see the new baby king and saviour of all the world?

A beautiful 19th Century Russian folktale of healing and hope and making time for what really matters.

Ages guidance – 7yrs + and this is a lovely story for adults too!

Christmas Double Bill #2  Saturday 19th December, 10.30am

The Galloway Shepherd

One Christmas Eve, in the remote Scottish hills – a storm is brewing; an unusual and strangely severe winter storm. But that’s not all…. there’s the matter of a lost sheep and a mysterious visitation – it’s all rather peculiar…..

This mysterious tale is made up of several elements of other stories, but our version is a retelling from Galloway.

Ages guidance – 7yrs + and this is a lovely story for adults too!

The Elves and the Shoemaker

The clock struck midnight, but what is that sound!? The patter of tiny feet and the laughter of little voices and out from under the skirting boards skips two little……..ELVES!!! It just wouldn’t be Christmas without them!

Join us for this much-loved children’s classic and a chance for grown-ups to lose themselves in the wonder and magic of this delightful tale from The Brothers Grimm!

Age guidance – 3yrs+




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