Storytelling Performances Across all Reading Libraries this October

The Reading community will get to enjoy some lively interactive storytelling performances across all the Reading Library branches this October, as part of Reading’s Year of Culture Literary Month.

Reading Libraries, Reading Arts, and Beautiful Creatures Theatre have teamed up to launch a new project, bringing together schools, libraries and storytelling to present an exciting programme of theatre for children in Reading’s much loved libraries.

The performance, “Big Wow Small Wonder” by the Half Moon theatre company, is a tall tale about the wonders of being small. It tells the adventures of Justin, the smallest boy in the whole town, so small his sister takes him to school in her lunchbox.

The project is all thanks a successful Arts Council grant of £26,950 received by Reading Council’s Library Service in April 2016, to deliver a series of theatre shows within the library setting, starting this October this year and running over two years.

The award from the Arts Council enabled the library service to commission shows aimed at school children aged 4-9 and for the whole family during weekends.

In the second year, there will also be a library themed show created by Beautiful Creatures Theatre, based on the book ‘Fizzlebert Stump: The Boy Who Ran Away From the Circus (and joined the library),’ by renowned local author AF Harold. This show will premiere at the revamped South Street Arts Centre.

Lead Member for Culture, Cllr Paul Gittings, said:

“This generous Arts Council award will enable the Library Service to offer a wonderful theatre experience for Reading’s children and local families all across the borough. The library themed show in particular, is a fantastic complement to Reading’s Year of Culture Literary Month in October.”

The show runs from 12th -15th October across all Reading Libraries. The show length is 50 minutes and aimed at 4-9 year-olds.

Tickets for these shows are now sold out, but there will be a further run in February and May. Email to find out more.



Arts Council England champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.  Find out more at

Half Moon is the UK’s leading small-scale young people’s venue and touring company. Find out more at

Library performance dates and times (fully booked):

  • Caversham Library 12th October 9.30am (schools only)
  • Whitley Library 13th October 9.30am (schools only)
  • Palmer Park Library 13th October 3.30pm (general public)
  • Southcote Library 14th October 9.30am (schools only)
  • Tilehurst Library 14th October 3.30pm (general public)
  • Battle Library 15th October 10.30am (general public)
  • Central Library 15th October 2pm (general public)

Victoria Nickless

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