Tall Tails Theatre Company and Wassail present

The Tale of the Charming Rat

Film Premiere: Saturday 3 April, 3pm.

Whilst we can’t take perform live to audiences for now we are determined to give families access to local theatre. With the help of Somerset Film we have magically transform our charming, disability-friendly pop-up panto into a film with audio-description, the use of sign by the characters and closed captions. 
Our friends at The Octagon Theatre will be sharing the film throughout the Easter Holidays.

Illustration by Bryony Rees Warren

The Tale of the Charming Rat is FREE to watch as Wassail Theatre and Tall Tails Theatre Company have been given funding from Arts Council of England and South Somerset District Council to bring the show to you. However, donations of any amount will be gratefully received and used to provide more free shows to more Somerset households. 


Cooper the rat is having a very strange day… Asha has been invited to an important event and it’s up to Cooper to get her there on time and ready to party! Will he pull it off without getting caught by Rats All Folks Exterminators? You and your household are invited to join in this epic adventure and help him along the way…


“The Tale of the Charming Rat is a warm-hearted, beautifully performed show. Tall Tails and Wassail have successfully created a performance that is engaging and accessible for a broad audience, that is playful, musical and memorable. We loved having the show as part of our festive event.” Children's World

The Tale of the Charming Rat is a 25-minute pantomime for audiences of all ages, featuring high levels of access provision. Expect a Somerset-inspired retelling of the classic Cinderella story, following the adventures of her beloved rat when he is transformed into a human for just one night. The film involves song, dance and all the fun of panto in a brand new film with inclusive themes and language, audio-description, the use of sign by the characters and closed captions.


Originally made as a live outdoor show, set tour to Somerset towns and villages this season as a Pop Up Panto for individual households. They performed three live shows at a Children's World festive event in December before tighter Covid restrictions came in. 

Co-produced by Wassail and Tall Tails Theatre 

​Written by Nick White & Richard Young​

Directed by Nick White​

Design by Nancy Betton​

Music by Nick Brace​

Performed by Abby Young & Richard Young​

Access and Inclusion Consultant: Lulu Nunn

​Sign Consultant: Sonia Sansom, Regional Makaton Tutor

Filmed by Somerset Film

Edited by Somerset Film

Colourist and trailer: Chris Lince

Film trailer voiceover: Carrie Thompson

Song mastering: Mark Humphried for Kid Menace Studios


Funded by Arts Council England and South Somerset District Council


Available for Schools NOW

To support teachers and home education groups this term Tall Tails Theatre Company and Wassail are offering exclusive early access to The Tale of the Charming Rat and a supporting education pack with curriculum links. The film is available for schools on request until the end of March 2021. Visit our schools page for more information. 

Live shows later this year...

We will tour the live version of the show as Pop Up performances for individual households in gardens, courtyards and driveways later this year. Join our mailing list to be the first to find out about the live shows when they become available. 

If you would like any of this information in an alternate format, please contact wasson@wassailtheatre.co.uk  or call 07745653840 

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