The Battle of Frogs and Mice, 2018–19

Sound the war-croak, sharpen every claw – the frogs and mice are going to war!

A tragedy has struck Crumbsnatcher, prince of the mice, and everyone knows who’s to blame: the frogs. Now a battle is coming to the pond and it’s time to pick a side: will you fight for the frogs or the mice? Originally told as an introduction to epic poetry for the children of Ancient Greece, join us as our storytellers guide you through an interactive adaptation of this tale, using traditional storytelling, improvised music and toy box puppetry.

All performances of this show are relaxed. It’s occasionally loud, but there are no blackouts or use of pyrotechnics. The show is interactive but there is always an opt-out option.

Find an Easy-Read Guide to the show here.

Upcoming Performances:

  • Sadly we have no performances scheduled at the moment. Please check back again soon!


Previous Performances:

  • 14th April 2019 – 5pm @ Draper Hall (Hampton Street, Elephant and Castle, SE17 3AN)

We were delighted to perform with the always popular FAMILY SUNDAY scheme with Draper Together. The Scheme offers a fantastic show for the entire family, followed by a nutritious hot meal.
Tickets cost £6 adults and £4 kids (plus booking fees) and the meal is included in the entrance price: book on time to avoid disappointment: this is likely to sell out quickly!

  • 16th & 23rd March 2019 – 10:30am @ Pickled Pepper Books (10 Middle Ln, Crouch End, London N8 8PL) 

Helicon Storytelling presents The Battle of Frogs and Mice in association with Children’s Bookshop Pickled Pepper Books in Crouch End. Tickets are £8.50 and are available online HERE, in person at the bookshop or on 0203 632 0823.

  • 13th October 2018 – In association with Ingeenium’s “Story Painters” – 2pm @ Custom House Library, Newham

Helicon Storytelling presents The Battle of Frogs and Mice in association with Children’s Charity Ingeenium, who run Story Painters at Newham’s Custom House Library. This event is free, no booking required, and is followed by a 45 minute art session run by Ingeenium and inspired by our production! Find more information here!
The venue is wheelchair accessible. More info here.

  • 26th August 2018 – Camden Fringe – 11:30am & 1:00pm @The Cockpit

Once home from Edinburgh we return to the Cockpit and go straight into a double bill of performances on 26th at 11:30am & 1:30pm. Tickets available HERE!
The venue is wheelchair accessible.

  • 6th – 19th August 2018 – Edinburgh Festival Fringe – 4:10pm @Assembly Roxy

We are incredibly excited to be heading up to Edinburgh to perform for 14 shows at Assembly as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Catch us on at 4:10pm every day between the 6th and 19th! Tickets available here & here.
Note all the performances at this venue are relaxed. Sadly the venue is not wheelchair accessible.

  • 18th June 2018 – Scratch Night @ The Cockpit

On the 18th June at 7pm we will be presenting 15 minutes of The Battle of Frogs and Mice at the Cockpit as part of their monthly scratch night, Theatre In the Pound. Entry is only £1 and you can catch us as well as a variety of other shows. No need to book in advance, simply turn up and pay on the door!
The venue is wheelchair accessible.


Reviews for The Battle of Frogs and Mice:

“This is a show that families cannot afford to miss”★★★★★ – Broadway Baby
“The performances are some of the strongest I can recall at any fringe” ★★★★★ – Theatre 49 
“Such an illuminating show, it could brighten the darkest place on Earth… a really original, funny, spellbinding tale” – Primary Times

Additional Press Mentions

ThreeWeeks “Three To See on Sunday 26th August” (19th August 2018)
The Telegraph “The 10 Weirdest shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, from the tale of a puppet hitman to Kafka for kids” by Tristram Fane Saunders (7th August 2018)
Euan’s Guide “#IntoTheUnknown: Our Top Fringe Picks!” (27th July 2018)



Cast and Creatives:

Director: Hayley Russell

Producer: Andrew Hulse

Composer: David Denyer

Dramaturg: Caspar Cech-Lucas

Storytellers: Howard Horner, Louise Farnall, Ally Rooms, William Mead, Nichola Woolley, Caspar Cech-Lucas

Musicians: Charlotte Barbour-Condini, Sam Hoppen, Anna Gibbs, David Denyer