Join our interactive online storytelling adventure!

“Sally Pomme Clayton is a gifted storyteller, who can bring the wonder of the most powerful stories from the past to life for audiences of any age.” The Guardian

This interactive storytelling performance is perfect for over 4’s and their families. Based on her recent book The King with Dirty Feet (Otter-Barry Books 2018 / 2020) Sally Pomme tells a funny, sweet and involving folktale about a very important invention.

The king has not had a bath for a whole year, and he is starting to smell. When the king finally bathes in the river, he can’t get his feet clean. Can you help solve the problem of the king’s dirty feet? Get ready to join in with actions, rhythms, call and response. Sally Pomme’s storytelling is also about deep listening and she hopes to recreate this experience in an online setting.

Advance preparation for audiences of ages: take off your shoes! And have your absolutely favourite pair of shoes to hand to show everyone at the end of the performance. Every shoe tells a story!

This story has been performed at Dhaka Lit Fest; Beyond the Border Festival; Omnibus Theatre; The Fabularium with The Crick Crack Club; The Oxford Book Awards; Crystal Palace Festival; and in schools and libraries across the country. The book was the winner of best picture book Oxford Book Awards 2019. The King with Dirty Feet comes out in a new paperback edition on July 9th 2020.

“This delightful picture book beautifully told for reading aloud, tells the comic and suspenseful story of the invention of shoes, for an Indian king who has trouble keeping his feet clean.” The Sunday Times

The performance will take place via Zoom, the invite link will be sent to you the day before if you have booked a spot. Spaces are limited so book now to secure your place.

This performance is for children and as places are limited we would really like to prioritise those households with children. You are only required to book one spot per household.

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29 May
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About Sally Pomme Clayton

Sally Pomme Clayton is a pioneering storyteller and writer creating unique, magical spoken word performances. She is an associate artist at Omnibus Theatre. She creates, writes and performs stories for everyone from: Soho Theatre to Northern Stage; London Gypsy Orchestra to London Philharmonic Orchestra; Royal Shakespeare Company to Royal Opera House; Hakaya Storytelling Festival, Jordan to Beyond the Border Festival, Wales; The Crick Crack Club to A Curious Invitation; the British Museum to British Council; Apples and Snakes to Athens Storytelling Festival. She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton in 1985, spearheading and transforming storytelling across the UK. She has published several children’s books, her latest is The King with Dirty Feet (Otter-Barry Books 2018).

“Some people are born to entertain. Sally Pomme Clayton is a dream-weaver, a spell-binder.” The Londonist