Big Bag is 14 years old this year! Our enduringly popular interactive children's theatre piece was adapted from Virginia Ironside’s Children’s book ‘The Huge Bag of Worries,’ by director Mark Pençak and actress Mary Wells. The show has been successfully touring Scotland since 1999 and has been enjoyed by thousands of nursery and primary school children.
The story is centred around Morna, a seven year old girl who wakes up one day with a lot of worries which she chooses to hide away in a Big Bag. The play explores the feelings Morna experiences because of these worries, and how she deals with them, by telling someone she trusts. Big Bag is performed by actress Karen Reynolds.
The play tackles issues surrounding child protection by focusing on generic problems that can make children worried without ever revealing any of them to the audience. Instead of introducing children to issues they may never have to deal with Big Bag simply teaches children that no matter what is worrying you, the important thing is "telling someone you trust.”
The show has been adapted to address specific issues including oral healthcare and a version for BBC’s Children in Need for refugees and asylum seekers, where Morna become Makbule. The strength of the play is the simple, yet powerful messages that stay with children after the curtains have closed.
- Suitable for an audience of 80-100 children in schools/nurseries
- 35-45 minute long show
- Visual arts and drama workshops can also be arranged to accompany the play
If you would like further information, or to book a show, please call Jenny Wood on 0141 575 3001.
Videos of the show