Tuesday, 11 February 2020


Well, we can't say we were not warned.
Thankfully, it is Sunday. That said, I expect half the Local Authorities are hoping for the storms to continue so they have a pathetic excuse to close the schools.
I am getting old, and my memory is not what it was, but I cannot recall a single day of my childhood when my schools were closed owing to adverse weather conditions.
Of course, back then the "Nanny State" was unheard of, and one just "got on with it".
Do I start every blog with a moan?
Enough, let us move on to brighter matters.
We have a school lined up for us to assist with their next in-house production. This is a challenge we really enjoy.
All kids love to perform given the right incentive, and we make sure they rise to the occasion.
This time it is to be an Easter pantomime; becoming very popular with schools, and enabling us to be in our element both creating and assisting.
If you check out our website, you will see we offer Drama Tuition, and we can even suggest the appropriate style of play for any age range.
Karen is a qualified Drama Teacher as well as an accomplished actor.
Did you know she writes all her own plays, designs the sets and costumes, composes the music and songs, stages, choreographs, produces and directs the performances, not just for herself, but also for other companies. Remember our mini Shakespeare a few blogs back?
So, if you need help with any aspect of your school play, just call on us.
It matters not if it is a minor technicality or a full scale operation, we are here for you.
I have to be off now for some intensive rehearsal schedule, so I will just leave you with this from a recent school visit.
Until soon, Albert.....

Sunday, 19 January 2020


It seems everyone is leaving!
Well, let me assure you WE ARE STAYING.
We are committed to weathering the financial storm and emerge with high flying "sales" (excuse the pun).
2020 sees us on course to producing a new fully interactive play titled
                                                  "LIFESTYLE CHOICES" 

The following is a definition of something with which you may now be all too familiar:
"Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education is a school curriculum subject in England and Ireland (known as SPHE-Social, Physical and Health Education) which focuses on developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to keep children and young people healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work.[1] PSHE education is defined by the schools inspectorate Ofsted as a planned programme to help children and young people develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. Its goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly."
In other words, it has been seen fit to devolve the responsibility of presumably irresponsible parents who have abdicated their parental duties and place it in the hands of school teachers.

AESOP'S TOURING THEATRE COMPANY is rising to the challenge, and assisting with this complex subject.
The play we will be launching will be for our core audiences of key stages 1 and 2 and deal with major issues of the day.
The children will engage in scenarios depicting the appropriate action to be taken or advice to be given in situations created to ensure healthy and sensible decisions, safety and well-being.
I will say no more at present, but watch this space as we move ahead with this exciting new programme. 
Until next time,

Thursday, 2 January 2020


I guess the real question for schools is DO WE BELIEVE BORIS?
On the run-up to the election the schools were promised more money; not lots more, and probably not enough to put them where they should be had previous governments not ignored them.
But, let us look on the bright side. Any increase above the current moderate rate of inflation may just mean that LIVE DRAMA will not remain on the back burner.
Heaven knows we have done our bit to help.
We offer rates that have not increased for many years.
You have only to ask and we will do all we can to assist.
Just take a moment to look at our website and you will see what is available, and it may not end there.
We will always listen to tails of woe.
Let us join in prayer that 2020 will bring a whole new lease of life to the education sector.
On a happy note as I leave take a look at these smiling faces.....

Monday, 25 November 2019


Any of these familiar?
Let me quickly add we are not listed under any of them.
NO, it is the HIGH STREET that is suffering.
We are told that the internet is destroying the retail shops, and not only the small or local ones.
Well, I accept it is playing a large part, but I do not believe it is the only reason.
So far the last few days have kept many people indoors waiting for the rain to stop.
But, it is not just the weather, think about car parking charges. Is it a coincidence that parking the car will likely cost more than the postage and packaging charge for an on line purchase?
And I haven't even taken account of congestion and traffic jams.
What about service? Have you noticed a change in the attitude of shop assistants. Apart from the smiling faces of those in the supermarkets whose jobs are relatively secure, I am finding more and more those on a knife's edge wondering if they will have a job next week.
I think I will stop. I am depressing myself.
Let me try and find a cheery picture.
Until next time,

Tuesday, 29 October 2019


Talk to a printer and he will tell you there is nothing sells better than an attractive, informative hard copy in the hand.
Talk to an IT specialist and you will be told mailing is a waste of money in this digital age, and the answer is emailing.
So, who do you believe?
When I receive an enquiry for a booking, my first question is "how did you find us?"
Almost invariably the answer is "on the internet".
But, is that really the case? What if the caller received our flyer, and then looked us up on the internet!
Now, the proximate cause of the enquiry becomes the mailing.
I do not profess to know the answer.
But, I do know we spend a fortune on mailing to some 10,000 schools each term, and I would like to believe it is money well spent. But, who knows?
So, the real question is can I afford to drop the mailing and rely entirely on emails and our website?
Now here I do have some valuable input. I have conducted several email campaigns over the last few years and I can safely say they are a waste of time. I have tried different formats both with and without attachments, and on one occasion I employed a "specialist" firm to create and send them. I do not believe I had a confirmed booking as a result.
In fact, I am of the opinion they can do more harm than good. Many recipients, that is those who bother to reply, request they be deleted from our emailing list.
What I can say with confidence is our website www.aesopstheatre.co.uk works well, and we try to keep it up-to-date, and search engine friendly.
Whilst I do not usually ask for responses to my blogs, this time I should really appreciate anything my readers have to say.
Until the next time,

Friday, 11 October 2019


Will the country ever get back to normal?
Will politicians ever realise there is more to life than "Brexit"
Will health and education ever again be considered important?
Somebody please tell me that Theatre in Education will survive.
More and more I hear of TiE companies struggling and some have already "gone to the wall".
Is there any hope?
When I hear that chocolate needs to be plain wrapped like cigarettes to tackle obesity I despair of humanity.
Do those in their gilded cages really not know that obesity is a direct result of poverty. One of them should send their maid or chauffeur to the local chippy and see what is happening in the real world. A bag of chips with possibly the luxury of a battered sausage is often all the poor souls can afford, How does a sugar tax resolve that?
Ok, so now I am off my soapbox and turning my attention to the myriad of enquiries for Workshops: can we do Captain Cook? Of course we can. How about "Bears" or "All About Me"? No problem.
These are just three that have been requested in the last few days.
I say if you want a Drama Workshop, just ask and if we do not have one ready made, we will create one for you that will entirely meet your needs.
Just before I leave, take a look at some pictures from our recent performance of "Robin Hood rescues the Forest" for Berks. Bucks and Oxon. Wildlife Trust in a truly delightful woodland setting........

Tuesday, 16 July 2019


I cannot believe my last posting was in February. So much has happened since.
Unfortunately, not all the news is good. Whilst in some respects it is nice not to have to compete for business with many others, doing so does keep us on our toes and, dare I say and excuse the pun, ensures we put our best foot forward. However, we do not like to see our colleagues "going to the wall". The problem we all know is that there is not much money in the schools' coffers, and what little there is must be spent wisely.

An I.T. man told me some years ago that the digital age would supersede what he described as "snail mail".
How wrong can one be!
I am forever being urged to email schools "en masse" by those offering guarantees that the returns will far outweigh the cost.
Trust me, nothing could be further from the truth. If you are lucky, an email may reach the school office without being filtered out. But, the chances of it making it to the teaching staff or heads is very remote.
No, it may be expensive, but give me something tangible that one can hold and physically pass on every time.
Of course, I am making a bold statement and, whenever I receive a booking enquiry and ask the source, the reply is invariably "I found you on the internet". But, "did you really? Or, did you read the flyer that came through the post and then checked us out on the internet?"
Anyway, I must go now as I have to arrange the next mailshot.
Until sooner, I hope,