Best-selling children’s book premieres on stage

The UK’s best-selling children’s paperback of 2016 comes to a theatre near you in 2017/18

Perfect for all KS2 pupils (and teachers will have a good time too!)

The Birmingham Stage Company will be touring their world premiere of David Walliams’ Awful Auntie, from this September and throughout 2018. It follows their record-breaking production of Gangsta Granny, which is back on tour from 15 February before it transfers to the West End for a summer season at the Garrick. A list of tour venues for both shows can be found on

David Walliams said:
“The Birmingham Stage Company’s Gangsta Granny is truly brilliant, so I’m hugely excited that they’re now bringing Awful Auntie to the stage. It promises to be a thrilling show and a total hoot – Wagnar and I can’t wait to see it!”

Awful Auntie was published in September 2014 and won the National Children’s Book Award. Last year the paperback sold 212,000 copies, making it the best-selling children’s paperback of the year.

Awful Auntie tells the story of Stella, who when she sets off to visit London with her parents has no idea her life is in danger. Waking up from a coma three months later, only her Aunt Alberta can tell Stella what has happened. But not everything Aunt Alberta tells her turns out to be true and Stella quickly discovers she’s in for the fight of her life against her very own awful Auntie. David Williams’ amazing tale of frights, fights and friendship features a very old car, a very large owl and a very small ghost!

Awful Auntie will mark the Birmingham Stage Company’s 25th anniversary, during which times they have produced all of the Horrible Histories stage shows, plus Roald Dahl adaptations including most recently Georges Marvellous Medicine


It was an excellent show and very entertaining! It was very clever and much funnier than the book. The children loved it!
Viscount Beaumont’s School, Coalville

Absolutely brilliant – it kept very close to the book and was even better in parts. A truly excellent show. You brought the West End to Nottingham!
Highfields School, Newark

An amazing show. The props and scenery were fabulous. Our students said they got lost in it all as it was so good.
Bulwell Academy, Nottingham

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Organising work experience for students with SEN

 Information and activities to support your SEN students to demonstrate good work etiquette during their work experience placement

Organising work experience for SEN students can be something of a challenge, for not only must it be tailored to the needs of a young person, but it must also be tailored to the needs of a young person with a SpLD or who may view the world in a wholly different way.

So, to help your SEN students to succeed during their work experience placement (and to make organising their work experience placement easier for you) SEN Press has devised the Work Experience Value Pack.

The Work Experience Value Pack contains a wealth of information, support, and resources about what your students can expect when undertaking work experience and how to demonstrate good work etiquette in the array of situations they’re likely to find themselves in.

Not only has the value pack’s content been specifically designed to respond to the way in which students with autism typically view the world, but it will also respond to their learning needs – it has been designed for older students with a reading age of around seven.

The Work Experience Value Pack uses an approach that we have adopted through a series of six student reading books each focussed on a particular work setting, ranging from an animal charity to a fast-food restaurant, from a garage to a supermarket.

The six reading books, each of which builds upon the themes of the series (time-keeping, showing respect, and so on) are accompanied by a set of copiable worksheets and teachers’ resources, supplied in spiral-bound format for easy use.

The teachers’ resources also include around 100 A4 pages of additional resources including keyword flashcards, word searches, and spot the difference pictures.

Finally the pack also includes a CD rom which has a set of eBooks and whiteboard resources. These include real voice audio tracks of the eBook versions of the readers and a wide range of interactive activities so that the students can practise various life skills.

The complete set of resources containing two copies of each of the six readers, the complete teacher book, and the CD Rom is available for £139 plus VAT.  Individual elements from the pack are also available separately.

For further information, please click here.

Alternatively, please email or call 01582 833205.

Janie Nicholas

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