Inspired by the classic children's book The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf, FERDINAND tells the poignant story of Tom, a single dad, struggling to go with the flow and raise his son in a world determined to make him fight. Raised on the story of his namesake Ferdinand, the bull who refused to fight but just wanted to sit and smell the flowers, young Ferdy learns the hard lessons in life as his father endeavors to shield him from the harsh realities of adulthood.
FERDINAND is a hard-hitting yet heart-warming one-man show which, in the course of 50 minutes, takes the audience on a journey of rebirth. Told from the perspective of Tom, a hard-working middle manager, this is the story of a father bringing up his son with empathy and kindness in a world that seems determined to push him in all the wrong directions. Through Tom we experience all the joys and all the heartbreaks of growing up, as well as quite a few very real parental dilemmas, as he battles to preserve the innocence of childhood despite corporate downsizing, classroom peer pressure, and mixed social messages about what it means to be a man in this contemporary twist on a grown-up fairy tale.
Grade Levels: 3-8
Winner: Top 100 Shows of the Fringe - Edinburgh Fringe (FringeReview UK); Top Ten Children's Shows - Edinburgh Fringe (FringeReview UK); Top Ten Pick of the Fringe - BedFringe (FringeReview UK)
This program can be completed virtually: