2019 › London

Jessica Souhami Performance

Stories have been around for thousands of years. Long before printing was invented people were telling each other stories. It is these traditional tales, handed down from storyteller to storyteller that have always fascinated picture book creator Jessica Souhami. But how do you capture the rhythms of a traditional oral tale between the pages of a printed book? From preliminary research, to preparing a rough layout; from choosing the colour palette, to tips on how to create suspense and excitement, Jessica will take the children through the process of creating a picture book as she shares some of her own favourite stories.

Venue:
Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Road, London NW1 2AJ
Date:
Wednesday, 9th October 2019
Time:
10:30 am
Duration:
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 2, 3 and 4
Tickets:
£5 per child, teachers FREE

Jessica Souhami

Before she became a writer and illustrator, Jessica was a puppeteer. She made shadow puppets and, together with her puppet company Mme Souhami and Co., she travelled around the country bringing to life some of the stories that people have been telling one another for hundreds, and even thousands, of years. In the early 1990s Jessica stopped touring. She still wanted to tell stories but now she wanted to do it through books. Her first book was called The Leopard’s Drum, a story from West Africa. She went on to retell fantastic tales from around the world in her books including Rama and the Demon King, King Pom and the Fox, and Honk! Honk! Hold Tight.

Praise for The Leopard's Drum

The illustrations are outstanding. Adapted from characters created for [Jessica's] own travelling puppet shows, they startle and enchant like shadow puppets in a live performance.

The Independent

Book tickets for an event and receive two free books for your classroom!

How to book tickets

Free Workshops!

The Children’s Bookshow will allocate four free in-classroom workshops to schools attending this performance with 30 or more children. Book tickets for this event to have a chance of being chosen to receive this fantastic opportunity.

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We feel it is so beneficial for our children to have the opportunity to meet authors and to hear them talk about their work. The children themselves are so enthusiastic about reading after these events that we feel they are an invaluable contribution towards our children becoming both skilled readers and lovers of reading.

A teacher in Liverpool


The details

  • Please arrive at the venue at least 20 minutes before the start of the performance, so that you have enough time to find your seats and and use the bathroom. Our start times are strictly governed by the theatres that we work with and by the start and end times of the school day. If you are unavoidably delayed, please get in touch with your Children’s Bookshow contact as soon as possible.
  • Don't forget! There will be a bookstall at this event and the opportunity after the performance for children to buy a book and have it signed by Jessica Souhami.
  • Depending on the time of the performance, you may want your children to bring a packed lunch. (Please contact the theatre directly to check if there is a suitable space.)
  • Parking facilities vary from theatre to theatre; please check the theatre website for details.
  • Please contact the theatre directly for risk assessment information.
  • Please ensure your children have visited the bathroom before the show starts, or ask them to wait until after the performance ends. A constant stream of children getting up to go to the toilet is very distracting for our performers and other members of the audience.

Have any questions? Get in touch

Marian Keen-Downs

Your contact for this performance is Marian Keen-Downs, she will be happy to answer any queries you have:

Email
mariankd.bookshow@gmail.com
Phone
07572 825704