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Writer : Jack McNamara (adapted for stage from the classic children's picture book by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway. With music by James Atherton )
Director : Jack McNamara
Designer : Amy Jane Cook
Lighting Designer : Mark Pritchard

"Musical theatre for children at its finest...if you have children, see this show!"
"Perfect theatrical adaptation...bursting with songs, humour and clever references for the grown-ups."
The List
"Engaging and interactive production that makes for the best kind of children's theatre"
The Stage
"Kazoos, helicopters, wasps and of course lots and lots of jam - this show packs it all in and is one sandwich that's well worth tasting!!!"
Edinburgh Festival for Kids

2 - 28 August 2017: Pleasance Above - Pleasance Courtyard Click here to book

What a to-do!
One hot summer's day, four million wasps invade the quiet village of Itching Down. The picnickers panic and the farmer stops haymaking. The wasps are noisy, nasty and worst of all, they don't mind who they sting! That is until the baker has an ingenious idea...

Following successful tours of Farm Boy and The Butterfly Lion (Michael Morpurgo), Not Now, Bernard (David McKee) and The Tiger's Bones and Other Stories (Ted Hughes), we bring one of the most loved picture books to life on stage to enthral a new generation.

Join the villagers in their giant sandwich-making plan to defeat the wasps and help save the day, in a fun-packed feast for 3-7 year olds and their families.

Listen here to get a flavour of what's in store...

The Giant Jam Sandwich was originally presented in association with Derby LIVE
Production photography by Pamela Raith; audience etrailer by Swainson Productions. With thanks to support from Hartley's and Norman's Music.
For further information and future tour availability please contact Sally Anne Tye on 07966 454387 or email

Target audience age: A fun packed show designed for 3-7 year olds and their families.
Running time: 1 hours 3 mins
Interval length: no interval mins


New Perspectives is an East Midlands based national touring theatre company, with a specialty in creating dynamic performances for rural audiences. We make ambitious and original theatre, focusing on new writing, adaptations and revivals, which we present in community settings and venues nationally and internationally. We provide career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and manage the rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts . 

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