The Trouble with Giants

Interactive storytellers Babu Press recount the legend of Finn MacCool with music and readings for families at Roe Valley Arts Centre

A fantastic music and storytelling event presented by Memphis-based Babu Press retells the fascinating legend of Finn MacCool for children and families. Presented by the Walled City Music Festival in partnership with Roe Valley Arts Centre, The Trouble with Giants is on Saturday, June 6 at 10.30am. 

The Trouble with Giants is a brand new show for children telling the familiar story of how the Giant’s Causeway came to be, told from the perspective of some magical characters including a magpie, a fish and a frog. Children will also meet Finn MacCool, his clever wife Oonagh and arch-enemy Scottish Giant Benandonner. Each character and action, such as the fight between the giants, is represented by music.

Listen out for some well-known musical references, including Beethoven’s 'Ode to Joy' and Mussorgsky’s 'Night on the Bare Mountain'. The show features a narrator accompanied by three musicians on flute, oboe and cello who will introduce their instruments in a fun and friendly way and is loosely adapted from a short film produced by CG animation company The Pond Studio for the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre.

Babu Press specialise in musical storytelling and have created this show especially for this year’s Walled City Music Festival, running June 4 - 7 in Derry. The company is said to 'use music to represent characters in the same way as a movie or cartoon'. Babu Press comprises Joseph Salvalaggio, Principal Oboist with the Memphis Symphony Orchestra and Todd Berry, an acclaimed stage actor.

The Trouble with Giants is suitable for children aged 4-11 years and families are welcome. For further information, contact the centre on 028 777 60650 or visit