Reading Libraries Play Host to Alby the Penguin

Alby the Penguin

CHILDREN across the borough will be able to hear the story of Alby the Penguin who saves Christmas at special sessions at Reading Libraries from this week.

Reading Rep will be putting on the festive show ‘Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas’ in December but they have devised special Alby takeovers of Rhymetime and Storytime sessions in association with Reading Libraries. They are also taking part in children’s workshops run by arts charity Jelly.

Reading Libraries secured £40,000 funding from Arts Council England to commission Reading Rep to develop the original play by Helen Eastman which is full of music, puppetry and song.

The production tells the story of Alby the Penguin who stumbles across Santa’s list of presents left lying in the snow in the South Pole and follows his journey to reunite the vital list with its owner in time for Christmas.

Cllr Sarah Hacker, Lead Councillor for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, said:

“I am delighted Reading Libraries was able to secure Arts Council England funding for this wonderful festive production.

“I am sure it will be a very special treat for young children and families this Christmas. It is also fantastic that youngsters at Reading’s libraries will be able to share in the magic of Alby the Penguin.”

The library events, consisting of songs and stories, will be held at selected special sessions at Reading Central Library, Whitley Library, Tilehurst Library, Caversham Library, Palmer Park Library, Battle Library and Southcote Library starting Monday 30th October.

All the library sessions are drop-in and details can be found at:

Jelly tots sessions are bookable at:

Alby the Penguin Saves Christmas is a co-production by Reading Rep and Oxford Playhouse and is suitable for children aged three – six years. It is being performed at Reading Studio of Dramatic Art, Reading College, Kings Road, Saturday 16th December – Sunday 24th December. Visit: for details.

David Millward

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