and the
Forest of Fables

Sophie lives in Elmwood Road. It’s a nice place to live, but she wishes there could be a bit more magic, like in all the stories. 

One day she accidentally turns herself into a goose, and her family too. This doesn’t normally happen in North London and she’s worried her friends will laugh at her honking voice and webbed feet. Luckily, a friendly singing blackbird leads her into a forest in search of the secret that will turn her and her family back into humans. 

As Sophie follows the blackbird’s beautiful song deeper and deeper into the green glow of the forest, she meets some foolish, chattering woodmice and a scary, slinking wildcat; a crafty, charming fox and a vain squawking crow; a proud sprinting hare and a slow plodding tortoise; a helpful long-necked heron and a big bad wolf;

and she finds as nice a feather as ever you saw …

A fabulous fairy-tale in words and music for 3 to 7 year-olds and the young at heart, written and performed by Jonathan Rees with lots of help from the audience.

Please bring your favourite woodland animal soft toy!

EVENT 17: 
Saturday 22 June
11am-12 noon
Holy Trinity Church Hall, Stroud Green

Jonathan Rees (narration and viol) has written and performed numerous musical stories for children, led education projects for the organisations including The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and directed a child-friendly Classical music festival in Bristol, Really Classical Relay.

This story is written in homage to the life and times of Charles Perrault (1628-1703), writer of Mother Goose, and without whom there would be no pumpkin carriage. 

Viol music by De Machy (1685)
French 17th-C Folk Tunes
O In Yon Wood - Trad. English Folk Song

The Mice and the Cat
The Fox and the Crow
The Hare and the Tortoise
The Heron and the Wolf

all translated / paraphrased by Jon Rees from La Fontaine's Fables, late 17th-C France