Booking now open for Fred Theatre’s take on Aesop’s Fab Fables, performed live in your school   

Aesop’s Fab Fables is a great introduction to the joy of live theatre, the wonderful world of Aesop, and an interactive experience designed to stimulate creativity.

Fred Theatre has built an excellent reputation with its tours for high schools based on GCSE texts. Now we’re using our expertise to offer this new production to younger audiences.

Here’s what happens…

Our team of three professional actors will travel to your school. Over the course of a day they will work with individual classes, the pupils assisting with creative preparation for the show. This might include creating elements of the set, or writing their own short stories. Once the team has spent approximately half an hour with each class, all classes come together to experience Aesop’s Fab Fables. Performed by the actors, this is a young person-friendly 45 minute show based on three of the classic stories.

We feel this approach works as a great introduction to live theatre as it breaks down the barriers between performers and audience, stimulates creativity, and rewards the pupils who will see the fruits of their labour employed in the show.

 Aesop’s Fab Fables is available for in-school performances throughout the summer term of 2018.

To find out more, simply e-mail Helen in our office,, or call us on 01789 777612. We’ll collect a few details from you and respond with potential dates and a quote.

I look forward to hearing from you, and I welcome any feedback you may have on this production or any of the work we do here at Fred Theatre.

Robert Ball
Artistic Director

What is the most effective and most inexpensive way to get every student reading for enjoyment?

As you may well agree, while some students take to reading for pleasure, some won’t read even when directed.

And thus the question has been occasionally raised, how do we persuade the non-readers to pick up a book and read, just for pleasure?

One of the first issues must be to show the students that books as physical printed volumes have a value and elegance of their own, which is why we spend a lot of time working on our covers, to make them attractive to teenagers.

And of course, you will also want to offer the students a good choice of books to read, which is why we publish an ever growing range of classic stories from leading authors.

And finally, you will consider the cost.  So we have produced our range of classic novels that appeal to teenagers at just £1.88 each.

However, just in case you feel this is all too good to be true, we will send you a free copy (we don’t even charge for delivery) so you can see what the quality really is.  Just email us at the address below.

In total we have over 400 titles in print, including over 230 works of classic literature.  Each volume contains the full text, with the classics also including a set of exclusive introductions and notes.  And there is no minimum order.

Additionally, not only do we have individual titles at £1.88 but we also have the World Literature and Poetry series at just £3.99 before our school discount (currently 25%), and our complete works series for just £7.99 each.

If you would like to see a list of around 50 of the most frequently used set texts which are available direct to schools at the special price of £1.88 that is available here.

To see the full list of our titles in print along with a ready-to-use order form, should you need it, we have a page with those details as well.  Plus there is currently a 25% discount on all the prices shown.

Meanwhile we also have here a list of new editions with new covers that appeal to older readers.

If you would like a free without obligation sample of one of our classics, just email with your name and the school address, and we’ll put it in the post to you, with our compliments.