The Lorax


Direction: Bill Mitchell
Music composition: Lewis Gibson
(Kneehigh/Wildworks); Gerry Flanagan (Shifting Sands); Andrew Breakwell (Nottingham Playhouse Roundabout)
Design: Bill Mitchell
Musician: Lewis Hancock

“The Lorax” by Dr Seuss uniquely performed as solo performance with live music for young audiences in community venues, festivals, libraries, nurseries and schools.

The Lorax is a poem performed as a one-woman show that is entertaining, educational and participatory with live music.

The language is highly creative, fun and rich and it tells a very simple and powerful environmental story.

The performance lasts approximately 40-45 minutes and after the show the children will have the opportunity to discuss some of the environmental questions raised within the poem

Whose responsibility is it to deal with litter?

Whose responsibility is it to grow trees and take care of them?

 At the end there will be an opportunity for the children to ask any questions they may have about the production..  The whole programme lasts one hour.

The show toured throughout Derbyshire in 2001 and continued touring until 2003, including Nottinghamshire schools on behalf of Nottingham Playhouse.

The Lorax is full of highly creative language, made up landscapes and wonderfully rich characters: brown bar-ba-loots, swomee swans, humming fish and the fabulous Truffella trees!

The Lorax is a mythical character who tries in vain to save the environment from wanton destruction by the Old Onceler, but ends with hope and action!

Suitable for family, and children from three to six years old  “The Lorax” a wacky, innovative performance told with puppets, participation and live music – a gentle environmental story brought to life with the help and support of many friends and colleagues:

Ava was inspired to create the The Lorax after it reading as a bedtime story to her son.

Plant a new Truffula.  Treat it with care.

Give it clean water.  And feed it fresh air.

Grow a forest. Protect it from axes that hack.

Then the Lorax

And all of his friends

May come back.

The poem is performed verbatim, in its entirety and by kind permission of Dr. Seuss Enterprises L.P.


Supported by:

Esmee Fairbairn
Arts Council England