How The Giraffe Got Its Neck (3 stars)

Evolutionary tales

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This article is from 2008.

How The Giraffe Got Its Neck

Full of questions about the animal kingdom, two explorers set off on a journey down-river. Along the way, they impart stories about how the leopard got his spots, the elephant got his trunk and finally, how the giraffe ended up with such an elongated neck.

Inspired by the discoveries of Charles Darwin and Rudyard Kipling's Just So tales, this is the latest in a long line of children's shows by Tall Stories - the company who brought us The Gruffalo, The Snow Dragon and Them With Tails among others.

As we've come to expect from this talented team, the acting is physically expressive and strong. Elsewhere, however, it falls short of the mark. The catchy songs (a Tall Stories trademark) are sadly missing, leaving the show lacking the dynamic pep we know and love. And at times it's just too low-key to keep the audience fully engaged.

C Too, 0845 2601234, until 25 Aug (not 12), 3.20pm, £7.50--£9.50 (£5.50--£7.50).

This article is from 2008.

How the Giraffe Got his Neck

  • 3 stars

A genius scientist and an eccentric storyteller bring us their fantastic and almost entirely contradictory versions of how certain amazing animals came to be and how certain others came not to be. Ages 4+.

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