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Writer : Jack McNamara (adapted for stage from the classic children's picture book by John Vernon Lord and Janet Burroway. With music by James Atherton )
Director : Jack McNamara
Designer : Amy Jane Cook
Lighting Designer : Mark Pritchard

What a to-do!
One hot summer's day, four million wasps invade the quiet village of Itching Down. The picnickers panic and the farmer stops haymaking. The wasps are noisy, nasty and worst of all, they don’t mind who they sting! That is until the baker has an ingenious idea...

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New Perspectives brings this best-selling picture book back to life on stage. The book, a family favourite for 45 years, is loved by generations and this hit show has already got over 8,000 children and family audiences buzzing nation-wide. Join the villagers in their giant sandwich-making plan to defeat the wasps and help save the day, in a fun-packed feast for 3-7 year olds and their families.

Listen here to get a flavour of what's in store...

SPRING 2019 TOUR NOW BOOKING for availability and further information please contact Sally Anne Tye or Neale Birch on 0115 973 9121 or email

The Giant Jam Sandwich was originally presented in association with Derby LIVE, with thanks to support from Hartley's and Norman's Music.
Production photography by Pamela Raith; audience etrailer by Swainson Productions.

Target audience age: A fun packed show designed for 3-7 year olds and their families.
Running time: 1 hours 3 mins
Interval length: no interval mins


New Perspectives is an East Midlands based national touring theatre company, with a specialty in creating dynamic performances for rural audiences. We make ambitious and original theatre, focusing on new writing, adaptations and revivals, which we present in community settings and venues nationally and internationally. We provide career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and manage the rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts . 

Whether you’re a theatre lover, rural champion, or believe in widespread access to the arts then please help us make our work. Like every actor on stage, or each word on the page, every donor plays a vital role, your support can make a real difference... Find out more

New Perspectives is a registered charity no. 1058309 


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