The Smeds and the Smoos at Warwick Arts Centre

Rebecca Butler

The Smeds and the Smoos at Warwick Arts Centre

A Truly Joyful Tale of Star-Crossed Aliens

We were very kindly invited to Warwick Arts Centre at Warwick University to review the performance of ‘The Smeds and the Smoos‘ by the internationally recognised theatre company, Tall Stories.

The show is based on the book by Julia Donaldson and illustrator Axel Scheffler And is one of our favourites so we jumped at the chance to go. It is the latest production from Tall Stories.

On a far off planet, Smeds and Smoos can’t be friends. So when a young Smed and Smoo fall in love and zoom off into space together, their families go on a quest to get them back.

The story is about acceptance, regardless of your differences.

Clever Storytelling

The show has a small cast of only four people who were absolutely fantastic from start to finish.

It’s an eventful journey as they jet off to different planets. Each of the actors took on different roles throughout the play and used puppetry to interpret creatures and aliens they met along the way.

Photo Credit - Tall Stories

Bill and Janet were bursting with energy throughout with their grandparents also narrating the story.

There were lots of cleverly hidden props on stage which bought each planet they visited to life.

So many elements made the show a success but the audience participation parts were great, along with the catchy songs and jokes that made all ages laugh.

Photo Credit - Tall Stories

The story ends with the grandparents arriving back at their home planet to find Bill and Janet and their new baby!

It’s a truly beautiful story with a very important message - play with whoever you choose and accept everyone for who they are.

The whole production was very engaging and we all absolutely loved it. We can’t wait to see another Tall Stories production.

Photo Credit - Tall Stories

The Venue

When we got to the theatre we were greeted by helpful staff who directed us to our seats. Booster seats were available for smaller guests.

Drinks and snacks were also available to purchase from the bar in the foyer area.

Seating is staggered throughout the auditorium so you get a great view wherever you sit.

The show lasted an hour so is prefect for little people.


The Smeds and the Smoos by Tall Stories in on at Warwick Arts Centre until Sunday 4th June 2023.

It is aimed at age 3+ years. My two are 8 and 6 and really enjoyed it. There were lots of younger children there.

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Warwick Arts Centre kindly gifted us tickets in return for an honest review. They have no involvement in the review written and all opinions are my own.

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