The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales

The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales



Above Bounds Theatre Collective present


The Ugly Ducking & Other Tales


On a lake somewhere not far away, a mother duck is sitting on her eggs. But one doesn’t look like the others; it’s a different shape, a brighter colour and is much, much bigger! What will happen when the egg hatches and what stories will hatch with it?


Join Above Bounds Theatre Collective as they explore one of the most loved Hans Christian Anderson stories using songs, shadow puppetry and a little of your input to tell this famous tale. Come along on the journey with our Ugly Duck; there’s sure to be gasps, laughs and a few surprises along the way.


The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales is the culmination of a research and development project led by Helen Bovey in collaboration with writer George Boundy and musician Emily Snee. The project is supported using public funding by The National Lottery through Arts Council England, Exeter City Council and Kingsteignton Town Council. Project partnership from Worboys Productions and the Bike Shed Theatre.


Above Bounds were the recipients for the bursary for the Brighton Fringe 2017. 


“The best part so far, you really engaged with the children in a natural, enthusiastic way. I really enjoyed it and so did my daughter!” Audience, Unpacked Children’s Theatre Festival 2016


"The Ugly Duckling is family favourite and Above Bounds wound it into a beautiful, thoughtful production exploring the ideas of perception, identity and body image." Exploring Exeter


Recommended 3-8 years



Tacchi-Morris Open Day - Sat 16 Sept 12-3pm

This show forms part of a wider programme of events at the Tacchi-Morris Open Day where you can try out our classes for free, listen to fabulous live music all day, and as a special treat you can meet the stars of our Christmas Pantomime - Jack and the Beanstalk!


The Ugly Duckling & Other Tales - 12pm Show (50 minutes) in the Auditorium

Shadow Puppetry Workshop - 1:15pm (40 minutes) in the Drama Studio

Shadow Puppetry Workshop - 3pm (40 minutes) in the Drama Studio


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Please ring the Box Office (01823 414141) if you have access requirements or to book wheelchair seats as this booking facility is not available online.


16 September 2017 –

TICKET PRICES: £3 All tickets

SHOW DURATION: 50 minutes plus 10 minutes meet the puppets