Zeraffa Giraffa is a new play by award-winning poet and writer Sabrina Mahfouz, based on the picturebook by Dianne Hofmeyr and illustrated by Jane Ray.
The play is inspired by the remarkable true story of a real giraffe called Zeraffa, and her epic journey from the plains of Ethiopia to the Jardin de Plantes in France.
Set in 1827, the story begins when the Pasha of Egypt decides to present this magnificent animal as a gift to the newly-crowned French King, Charles X. A young boy called Atir is tasked to look after Zeraffa and together they embark on a 2000 mile voyage sailing up the Nile and across the Mediterranean Sea and finally walking from Marseilles to France.
The stage adaptation of this well-loved picture book includes a cast of three performers, an
array of puppetry styles from shadow puppetry to object manipulation and live music. The
beautifully designed set and originally composed music, celebrates the cultural heritage
influencing the tale, and transports the audience from Ethiopia to Paris. The use of scale
and perspective adds a fantastical and surreal quality to the play.
Performances run from Wednesday to Sunday at 10.30 am and 1 pm on weekdays and at 11.00 am and 2 pm at the weekends.
Tickets from £8.