About the Show

O Best Beloved is an ensemble theatre adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories. Satiate your curiosity about how the Camel got her Hump, the Elephant her Trunk, or the Kangaroo his Boundful Stride. 300% educational, verily full of veracity, and incompletely guaranteed–It’s altogether exclusively excellent entertainment!

Six performers bring an assortment of these classic tales to life with original songs, outrageous physicality, over-the-top characters, and ebullient theatricality.

We’re on tour August 3–September 14, 2014 to a park or public space near you!
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Why the title: O Best Beloved?

Rudyard Kipling wrote these tall tales about the beginnings of the world in the voice of a narrator addressing a youngster that he or she calls “Best Beloved.” Kipling wrote the Just-So Stories for his own best beloveds: his two small daughters, who insisted that he tell the stories the same way every time, or “just so.” They’re full of silliness and wordplay, and are delightful when read aloud. Our troupe embodies a similar spirit when performing for our best beloveds: you in the audience!


Named “Best Of Fringe” at the 2013 San Francisco Fringe Festival

2013 Stuart Award for Excellence in Theatre: Best Directors, Joan Howard & Rebecca Longworth

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