Three sat under the Banyan Tree at Luton Library Theatre

26th - 27th February 2019


Polka Theatre and Tara Arts presents

Near the foothills of the Himalayas, three orphans open a magical book under a Banyan tree...

They were told the book wouldn’t give them answers but that they’d learn from it, so they stir a pot of milk and watch as three stories of the forest rise from the pages. Stories of headstrong crows, a mongoose who wants a family, and a brave lion come vibrantly to life, with masks, movement and music.

In this exciting adaptation of The Panchatantra (India’s equivalent to Aesop’s Fables), written by Shamser Sinha; three children learn lessons that will help them face the challenges of their new lives. Can they manage to stay together through it all? What lessons await them as they discover the animals of the forest? Be awed as three fabulous actors bring this contemporary adaptation of a timeless classic to life with empathy and humour, using masks, movement and music.

Age guidance: 7 - 12 years

Are you a teacher?

Click here to download this show's free education pack, filled with lots of fun pre and post show activities!

What is The Panchatantra?

The Panchatantra, which means 'Five Lessons' in the ancient language of Sanskrit, is a collection of Indian fables designed to provide a guide to life. Originally conceived between 100 BC and AD 500, Panchatantra’s stories have travelled all over the world!
The tales were translated into Middle Persian in the 6th century, and soon after into Arabic, Greek, Latin, Hebrew and various Slavic languages. It travelled east to Indonesia through written and oral literature. A version of the Panchatantra is believed to have reached Europe around the 11th century, where it was known as 'The Fables of Bidbai', named after the narrator.

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Tuesday 26th February: 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Wednesday 27th February: 10:00am - 11:30am
Wednesday 27th February: 1:30pm - 3:00pm


£8 / £6.50 organised school groups
Box Office: 01582 878100
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