The Girl and the Giraffe

Half Moon presents a Floods of Ink production for 3-6s

An uplifting show about friendship.


One day whilst Girl is playing in her garden, she spots something peculiar on the other side of the fence. Climbing up as high as she can to get a better view, she is surprised when she comes face to face with… Giraffe!

As their friendship grows, Girl discovers that Giraffe isn’t very well. She tries everything she can to make him feel a bit better; putting on bandages, making a cup of tea, and even baking a truly magnificent cake, but she doesn’t get it quite right. Girl soon realises that Giraffe doesn’t need a plaster for a graze on his arm or a scratch on his knee. Giraffe is sad. Sometimes we need a different kind of plaster for the things you can’t always see.

Charming puppetry, an enchanting soundscape and beautiful storytelling combine in this sensitive show about wellbeing and friendship, told from a child’s perspective.

#GirlAndGiraffe @halfmoontheatre @floodsofink

Performances last 45 mins (no interval).

There are a range of photos and videos for this production available to view at the following:

Video Interview:

Vine video 1: Searching –

Vine video 2: Looking –

Vine video 3: Where’s Giraffe? –


“Charming and humorous, the Girl and the Giraffe proves that what we need when helping one another is exactly what our long-necked friend already has: a big heart.”
(Exeunt Magazine, February 2017)

“It is so very important to ensure that children’s earliest experiences of live theatre are positive.  The Girl And The Giraffe certainly succeeds in that regard, and Mums and Dads will be charmed too.”
(Stage Talk Magazine)

“Very little noise was made as little bodies leaned forward to catch every sound and see it all. On the way out of the theatre they all rushed to say goodbye as they happily clambered out of the magical space created for them.”
(Live Theatre UK, April 2016)

“A lovely show with wonderful puppetry. There are giggles, compassion, and a catchy ditty about mixing and baking a cake, along with a sweet example of the value of writing and reading in friendships. My little one loved it and we both loved the magical space that had been created… Perfect theatre for little ones.”
(Super Weston Mum)

Audience Feedback

“I just wanted to say how brilliant The Girl and the Giraffe was today. I struggle to explain to my kids why mummy is down and cries sometimes and this was just spot on. I really identified with some of the emotions that the giraffe felt, especially when he starts to feel better and comes out to play but is still a bit unsure. I’ve got something to use to explain bad days to my son now; I can say that I feel sad like giraffe.  I think a lot of adults would have learnt from the play as well. Thank you for putting it on.”
(Audience Member, Tobacco Factory Theatre)

“When I broke my leg, people wanted to help me, but when I had
depression no one cared because they couldn’t see it, your show has a really important message behind it.’
(Audience Member, Quarterhouse Theatre)

The play was wonderful, creative, funny and interesting. I am a father who suffers from chronic depression. One day I will talk to the kids about it. Until (and on) that day I will always have your show to refer to.”
(Audience Member, Wise Words Festival)

“Dear Giraffe, We love you no matter if you’re happy or sad – you’re the best.” (Audience Member, The Lowry)

“A delightfully imaginative and wonderfully acted play that both involves and educates. Utterly charming.” (Venue Programmer, London)

“A magical, adventurous approach to a sensitive subject. A delightful journey for adults and children alike.” (KS1 teacher, Bexley)


Floods of Ink spoke to Therapy: Need to Know about The Girl and the Giraffe. The full interview can be found here:

Touring details:

Available for booking until 31st October 2017 only.

Technical Requirements (venues):

  • Get-in: 2 hours before half (minimum)
  • Get-out: 40 minutes
  • Venue configuration: front on.
  • Pre-rig: Required. There is a simple LX plan of around 8 states within a delineated performance space of minimum 4m (width) by 5m (depth) by 3m (height).
  • Technical staff – 1 technician to operate in the region of 12 lighting cues and 20 sound cues.
  • Lockable dressing room.
  • Parking space.

Technical Requirements (festivals, libraries, community/rural touring spaces):

Note this production can be performed where there is no black out/limited technical capacities. However, we do need a PA/sound system and someone to operate. Please enquire.

Note: if this production is booked in a double bill on the same day with People Are People assistance will be required from the promoter’s staff to turn around between shows. There needs to be at least 90 mins between the end of one show and the start of the next.

We provide: 

  • Dedicated support from the marketing/PR and technical team at Half Moon.
  • Up to 500 A5 colour flyers and 15 A3 colour posters. (NB: overprinting will be at an additional cost, please enquire).
  • Images and production photos for use within venue brochures or broader usage including digital.


1 or 2 shows per day.

London or less than 70 miles from London

  • £660 + VAT
  • £595 + VAT per day for additional dates at same venue

Non-commutable from London

  • £780 + VAT
  • £660 + VAT per day for additional dates at same venue

Note for venues at very long distances from London, an additional supplement of £100 per day may apply. Please enquire.

Please note that these fees are subject to a small additional supplement if your venue makes a compulsory contra to us for your costs at the contracting stage (e.g. credit card/box office; get-in/out; marketing/brochure contributions).

Note: this production can be booked individually as either 1 or 2 shows or in a double bill with People Are People, for teenage / adult audiences, which allows venues to present a show for families in the morning/afternoon and evenings for audiences on the same day. An additional charge of £80 + VAT will be payable for first day, £40 + VAT for every subsequent day.

Creative Learning Opportunities

Floods of Ink can provide a range of bespoke creative learning and enrichment activities for schools and early years setting on request to complement the performance at an additional cost. Please enquire for availability and prices.

For more details on this, please contact:   
Chris Elwell on 020 7709 8902 /
Euan Borland on 020 7709 8901 /