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Oily Cart

In a Pickle

An Oily Cart/ Royal Shakespeare Company co-production first performed as part of the World Shakepeare Festival in Summer 2012.

A wonderland, total theatre experience for children aged 2 to 5, their families and friends. Inspired by The Winter’s Tale, we will take our young audience on a voyage of discovery through the landscapes of Shakespeare's imagination and the music of his language.



Our adventure begins in the woolly pastures of the Shepherdess and her flock of little sheep. She is having a party to celebrate the sheep shearing. When she discovers a lost baby, we must follow the clues. Together we will travel over the salty sea to the sad court where we will find our happy ending.

There are beautiful costumes, enchanting live music, some helpful clues, lovely perfumes and delightful textures along the way.