It may still be 143 days until Christmas but Jackson’s Lane is already thinking about what present to give its audiences and has decided on an Enormous Turnip.
The North London arts centre presents Stuff And Nonsense’s heart-warming version of the classic children’s tale from 3 to 31 December.
The Enormous Turnip centres on Mr and Mrs Chickweed, who live on their allotment in a tiny house the size of a shed. Showing off their prizewinning vegetables for the last time before they retire, they can’t resist planting one last seed. As the enormous turnip grows, it threatens their house with disaster.
The production follows Stuff And Nonsense’s previous Christmas show for Jackson’s Lane, 2010’s The Three Little Pigs.
The Enormous Turnip ends an autumn season that includes several other family treats.
From 26 to 31 October the venue will be invaded by balancing beetles and agile ants for The Insect Circus, a variety show with a difference: all the acts are creepy crawlies.
In November Jackson’s Lane presents several productions as part of the Suspense London Puppetry Festival, including Little Edie (1 to 2 November), a tender tale about a mother-daughter relationship, and Maison Foo (3 November), which tells of a decaying house on a journey to find the owner who abandoned it.
Later in the month there’s another chance to see Little Bulb’s Operation Greenfield (23 to 24 November), which played at Soho theatre. Teenagers may identify with their bizarre and fantastical exploration of music, faith and friendship as somewhere in middle England four adolescents are preparing for an annual talent competition.