Tyler the tigon was terribly rare. A big cat like him isn’t found everywhere. Unique from his ears to his tail to his tum, his dad was a tiger, a lion his mum.
The Tales from the Shed team proudly present a brand new show about appreciating your differences, and learning to love the skin you’re in.
Keilly Swift wrote the book the Tigon and the Liger from which Chickenshed have created this family friendly show and Young Londonist caught up with Keilly to ask what was the inspiration behind her writing.
“I think everyone has times when they feel they don’t belong (that’s certainly how I felt when I was growing up!) and I’d always wanted to write a story that celebrates difference and acceptance. I had the idea for the characters when I was writing a feature on hybrid creatures for a children’s magazine. I’d never heard of tigons or ligers before and they seemed like the perfect creatures for the story I wanted to tell about not fitting in and the triumph of friendship in adversity. I love writing in rhyme and that felt right for this story, in order to make an important message more accessible and fun to read. I can’t wait to see Chickenshed’s talented team bring my words to life on stage – their belief in inclusion and bringing out the potential in everybody is exactly the message I hope to promote with the book.”
We are certainly excited! The Tigon and the Liger runs from 13th April until 18 April at Chickenshed Theatre. More info & bookings here.