snail and the whale book cover  Based on the modern classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Join a tiny snail on her trip ‘round the world in Tall Stories’ (creators of the stage shows The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child) magical, musical live on stage adaptation of the legendary story.

Longing to see the world, a tiny snail hitches a lift on the tail of a humpback whale. Together they go on an amazing adventure experiencing sharks and penguins, icebergs and volcanoes. But when the whale gets beached, how will the tiny snail save him?

Follow the tiny snail’s exciting journey, as seen through the eyes of an adventurous young girl and her seafaring father. There’s storytelling, live music and lots of laughs, in a show for everyone aged four and up.

“An exquisite piece of theatre ... that leaves you smiling” The Stage
“A heart-warming adaptation ... with songs, sensitivity and imagination” Time Out Sydney 

A limited number of QPAC booster cushions are available and patrons are encouraged to bring their own soft cushions (not car booster seats) to avoid disappointment.

  • Age Recommendation

    Recommended for ages 4+

  • Connecting safely at QPAC

    QPAC is operating at 100% capacity and masks are not mandatory, however we do strongly recommend you bring your mask with you to the theatre for use when physical distancing is not possible.

    All patrons are currently required to register on arrival through the Check In Qld App and from 17 December 2021 will be required to provide proof of vaccination status or medical exemption. Find out more

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Presented by QPAC in association with Tall Stories

Pricing Guide

Admission Admission $34.90
Groups i Groups $29.90

Children under 2 years are free on the knee

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  • The Show

    Created in Tall Stories’ unique style, the show combines storytelling, music and lots of laughs. All music and sound effects are created live on stage with a viola and an effects pedal.

  • The Company

    Since 1997, when Olivia Jacobs and Toby Mitchell set up the company, Tall Stories shows have performed all over the UK, and as far afield as Poland, America, Canada, China and Taiwan.Snow White, The Gruffalo and The Snail and the Whale have performed to sell-out audiences on Broadway and at Sydney Opera House, and their shows have been produced by local companies in Chile, Singapore and Australia. Their production of The Gruffalo has been released on DVD by the Really Useful Group, and a picture book has been published based on their show The Snow Dragon.

    Amy Tobias (Snail/Daughter)

    Amy trained at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts and prior to that she read English Literature at Warwick University. She recently played the Jailer's Daughter in The Two Noble Kinsman at the White Bear and the title role in Winky at Soho Theatre and Underbelly (Edinburgh Fringe). Roles while training include Hermia in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Guilianella in Saturday, Sunday, Monday. Amy is excited to be working with Tall Stories again on The Snail and the Whale.

    Tim Hibberd (Whale/Dad)

    Tim has worked for Tall Stories previously on The Gruffalo, Mr Benn and My Brother the Robot and was a member of the original devising company for The Snail and the Whale in 2011. He has also worked with Polka Theatre on a number of shows and is the former Artistic Director of Rejects Revenge Theatre Company. He is currently to be seen as Mr Fen in CBeebies’ Topsy and Tim (together with his own twins Tom & Natalya) and heard as Vincent Van Coconut in Disney’s Art Attack.

    Charlotte Mafham (Narrator/Viola)

    Charlotte trained at the Arts Educational Schools and in puppetry with Blind Summit. Previous theatre credits include: Troilus & Cressida and Coriolanus (Tristan Bates); Zero Point Project (BAC), Rumpelstiltskin (Hiccup Theatre, UK Tour), The Caucasian Chalk Circle (The Space), The Just So Stories (The King's Head Theatre) and Julius Caesar (The Scoop). Charlotte also plays the viola for the Whitehall Orchestra, the charity fundraising Amici Orchestra and band The Hidden Tracks.


"Faultless family fare … One of the best examples of children’s theatre" By

"An exquisite piece of theatre ... that leaves you smiling" By The Stage

"A heart-warming adaptation ... with songs, sensitivity and imagination" By Time Out Sydney