A story which has been a firm family favourite for generations of children is set to appear on stage at The Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre in Taunton.

On Sunday, February 3, both young and old will be delighted by an updated version of The Elves and the Shoemaker.

This new production has been created by Above Bounds Theatre who have given it a twist using puppets to play the part of the elves

The shoemaker is now a woman and in this production she is played by Helen Bovey, who also runs the theatre company.

As it states in the blurb for the show “When everyone in the house is tucked up in bed, a magical creature lifts its head.

“With little green fingers and little green toes, pointy ears and a sharp pointed nose, the house elves awaken and look around with glee, what they will make, create or decorate, we will have to wait and see.

"Join Above Bounds for The Elves and the Shoemaker a delightful retelling of a well-loved classic with puppetry, music and a few crafty ideas along the way.”

Helen said: “We (the theatre company) love to retell family favourites. We asked audiences which story they would like to see and overwhelming they told us The Elves and the Shoemaker.

"We have re-written it for a 2019 audience and updated it with references to buying and selling shoes on EBay and included a female shoemaker.

“This story is very nostalgic as there is something magical about what the elves do in the story by making the shoes over night.

"We looked at how shoes are made today and came upon the idea of customised shoes being sold on EBay and in the story the ones made by the elves sell very well.

“As well as being a very modern show it is also be very funny and the children really believe the puppets are real elves.

"The children see the elves as very much part of the story and love to meet them after the show and have their photos taken with them and give them a high five.”

This play is mix of actors and puppets with the puppeteer being George Boundy.

The Elves and the Shoemaker is at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre at 2pm on February 3.

Buy tickets online at tacchi-morris.com or call 01823 414141.