Zeraffa Giraffa is a co-production with multi-award winning venue and London’s leading puppetry, Little Angel Theatre, adapted by award-winning playwright Sabrina Mahfouz. The show ran for eight weeks at Little Angel Theatre in November, and then transferred to Omnibus Theatre for Christmas. Zeraffa Giraffa received the award for “Best Production for Young People Aged 0-7” at the Off West End Theatre Awards in 2018.

This production is supported with funding from Arts Council England and the Leche Trust.

Based on ‘Zeraffa Giraffa’ by Dianne Hofmeyr, illustrated by Jane Ray, published by Quarto Publishing PlcText Copyright © Dianne Hofmeyr, 2014 Illustrations Copyright © Jane Ray, 2014


Show description

Across the plains of Ethiopia where grass grows tall and acacias taste sweet…

A young giraffe is sent as a gift from the Pasha of Egypt to the King of France, but Paris is very far away. With a boy called Atir to help Zeraffa find her way, the pair sail down the Nile past pyramids, sphinxes and temples and out across the stormy sea to a country where everything is different. No one has seen an animal like Zeraffa before. Can Zeraffa and Atir find a way to make this new place home?

Based on the book by award-winning children’s author Dianne Hofmeyr, Zeraffa Giraffa is inspired by the astonishing true tale of a real giraffe. This brand new adaptation is told using beautiful hand-made puppets and an original musical score that will bring you along Zeraffa’s epic journey across land and sea.

For children ages 4 – 10 and their families.

Production dates:

Little Angel Theatre: 21 September – 4 November
Omnibus Theatre: 
25 November – 17 December

Photo credit: Ellie Kurtz


Ashton Owen
André Refig
Nadia Shash

Creative Team

Writer Sabrina Mahfouz
Director: Elgiva Field
Puppetry Director: Matthew Hutchinson
Designer: Ingrid Hu
Composer: Candida Caldicot
Lighting Designer: Oscar Wyatt
Sound Designer: Jon McCleod
Producer: Felicity Paterson
Artistic Consultant: Samantha Lane (Puppetry & Education)

Critical reception and reviews

“What a delightful production this is!”
★★★★★ Theatre Bubble

“Spellbinding surprises galore for the little ones”
★★★★ Everything Theatre

“Good old-fashion storytelling… Excellent family viewing”
★★★★ LondonTheatre1

“Bound to tickle curiosity and raise many educational questions”
The Stage