Hare & Tortoise Schools Tour

Throughout December we are taking Hare & Tortoise on tour to primary schools across the High Peak and we would love you to book this magical modern classic for your school. 

Through this 50 minute play, Hare and Tortoise follow the seasons as their wintry world becomes Spring, Summer and finally Autumn as the two friends get ready to race each other!

Hare & Tortoise by Brendan Murray will ignite imaginations in this this lively and accessible retelling of a traditional tale, using poetry, music and characterisation. This play explores trust, friendship, nature and the excitement of growing up.

Learning Objectives for Key Stage One & Two

Hare & Tortoise has links to the National Curriculum, making it an ideal addition to Key Stage 1 and 2 lesson planning.

Key Stage 1: Exploration of the changing seasons, plant growth and transformation, animal habitats and hibernation. Songs, rhymes and rhythms together with live and recorded music.

Key Stage 2: Plays, poetry and traditional tales. Exploring language, developing key writing techniques including characterisation, empathy and imagination. The inter-related dimensions of music.

Additional Resources

In addition to the performance itself, we will also offer a free workshop tailored to the age of the audience, in line with the National Curriculum.

For Key Stage 1:We will use drama exercises to explore the changing seasons, plant growth and transformation, animal habitats and hibernation.

Key Stage 2: A practical literacy workshop will be available for students in years 3 & 4 exploring language, poetry and text. In addition to the performance and workshop, our online resources (available in the autumn) will be an opportunity for teachers to further explore the language, themes and ideas in the production.

Technical Information

To facilitate the production all we need is a hall space which is 5m x 5m. We bring everything else. We will require approximately an
hour to set up and 30–45 minutes to clear away.

Age Range:3–8 year olds

Performance Audience size:up to 100
Workshop Group Size:35 (or one class)
Tour dates:7–22 December 2023
Show times:Morning or Afternoon slots (subject to availability)
Running time: 50 minutes
Cost for Schools:£300 +VAT for one performance and workshop


For more information or to book your performance slot please contact Anna Berentzen: [email protected]

“The world was winter shivery and shaking… Tortoise sleeping: sound and silent… Hare was waiting, wishing, wondering. When will Tortoise wake? ”

Brendan Murray