Wassail and Tall Tails Theatre Company

The Tale of the Charming Rat

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

Illustration by Bryony Rees Warren

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.



Originally made as a live outdoor show, we've made a special filmed version for young people in Somerset to enjoy during lockdown. The film involves song, dance and all the fun of panto with inclusive themes and language, audio-description, the use of sign by the characters and closed captions.

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 & edited by Somerset Film

Colourist and trailer: Chris Lince

Film trailer voiceover: Carrie Thompson

Song mastering: Mark Humphries for Kid Menace Studios

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