Accessibility | Subscribe to e-newsletter
Navigation Menu

Educational Resources

The Tiger's Bones and Other Stories

Welcome to a joyous world of mischief and mayhem! The Tiger's Bones, a sparkling new play for KS2, introduces children to the work of one of the giants of 20th century British poetry, Ted Hughes.

Ted Hughes originally wrote a series of 6 plays conceived as BBC Schools radio plays broadcast live into classrooms an educational resource for teachers in the 1960's. We have chosen 3 of the plays: The Coming of the Kings, Sean, the Fool, the Devil and the Cats and The Tiger's Bones combining them for the first time into an energetic ensemble production packed with dazzling language, music and mayhem.

The ingredients of this world of folklore and fable include the foolishness of modern man, a cautionary tale about eating the wrong person's stew, and a wild retelling of the Nativity. These imaginative and funny stories, approached from deliciously unexpected angles, provide a fantastic stimulus for curriculum work on Speaking & Listening, Comprehension and Composition. We encourage you to use this performance as a springboard to explore ways of adapting that written text for performance. Suggested classroom activities include:

Activity: Discuss the performance
Year 4
Respond appropriately to the contributions of others in light of alternative viewpoints
Tell stories effectively and convey detailed information coherently to listeners
Use and reflect on some ground rules for dialogue
Year 5
Tell a story using notes designed to cue technqiues, such as repition, recap, and humour
Present a spoken argument, sequencing points logically, defending views with evidence and making use of persuasive language
Year 6
Use a range of oral techniques to present persuasive arguments and engaging narratives
Participate in whole-class debate using the conventions and language of debate
Use the techniques of dialogic talk to explore ideas, topics or issues

Activity 1: Read one of Ted Hughes' stories in class
Develop positive attitudes to reading, and an understanding of what they read, by:
Reading and discussing an increasingly wide range of fiction, poetry, plays, non-fiction and reference books or textbooks
Reading books that are structured in different ways
Increasing their familiarity with a wide range of books, including myths, legends and traditional stories, modern fiction, fiction from our literary heritage
Discussing and evaluate how authors use language, including figurative language, considering the impact on the reader
Activity 2: During the workshop, explore how to devise short scenes for performance
Preparing poems and plays to read aloud and to perform, showing understanding through intonation, tone and volume so that the meaning is clear to an audience

Activity: Write a script, story or poem inspired by The Tiger's Bones in class
Year 4
Composing and rehearsing sentences orally (including dialogue), progressively building a varied and rich vocabulary and an increasing range of sentence structures
Organising paragraphs around a theme in narratives, creating settings, characters and plot
Years 5 and 6
Identifying the audience for and purpose of the writing, selecting the appropriate form and using other similar writing as models for their own
Noting and developing initial ideas, drawing on reading and research where necessary
In writing narratives, considering how authors have developed characters and settings in what pupils have read, listened to or seen performed


New Perspectives is an East Midlands' based touring theatre company, specialising in bringing new work to rural and community audiences. Through an annual programme of original adaptations, rare revivals and new writing, we aim to bring live theatre that is diverse, affordable and accessible into the heart of wide-ranging communities, as well as to regional, national and international venues.  
Our productions are testament to the fact that rural theatre is as relevant, challenging and vital as theatre made for any other environment. Our participatory projects, career defining training and mentoring opportunities for emerging regional talent and rural touring scheme Northants Touring Arts makes tangible difference to people where they live.

As a registered charity (no. 1058309), your support can make a real difference... Find out more


Quirky international bestseller

Stage premiere based on the book by Janet Frame
National rural tour 
Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen's hilarious and surreal story for 3 - 7yrs and families
 A New Perspectives and Unicorn co-production, available for Christmas 2020/Spring 2021


Become a New Associate and take part in a year-long professional development programme Find out more

Dame Rosemary Squire becomes patron  Find out more
A provocative trio of performances exploring the changing state of the human spirit Find out more