Thursday, 18th September 2014
*****‘A magical and captivating show celebrating the joy of stories and books in an beautifully performed, multi-layered and surprising show’
Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence, Brighton Festival 2014
‘Danyah’s performance is a tour de force. The show is moving and memorable, a glorious example of the magic of storytelling. I didn’t like it, I LOVED IT!’
Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s enchanting tale to life, in an ‘utterly magical interactive show’ (The Stage), set in a library filled with books. Directed by multi award winner Dani Parr and designed by Kate Bunce. Produced in association with House, Watford Palace Theatre and Royal & Derngate Northampton
Watch the trailer to see how Wizard Presents brings best-selling children’s author Michael Morpurgo’s treasured story to life.
I BELIEVE IN UNICORNS begins its Autumn Tour after a hugely successful West End Season. Visit www.ibelieveinunicorns.co.uk for details
Tuesday, 16th September 2014
In an exclusive article published in The Times on Saturday, Michael Morpurgo talks about the sinking by a German U-boat of the Lusitania. It happened 12 miles south of the Old Head of Kinsale, off the coast of Ireland, in bright sunshine and calm seas and is the inspiration behind his latest novel, Listen to the Moon which is published on 25 September.
In case you missed the printed edition, a very special enhanced digital version of the article is available online.
Monday, 15th September 2014
On August 3rd 2014 Michael became part of a cast at Prom 22: The War Horse Prom, part of this year’s BBC Proms held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
In this very special BookD interview, Michael reflects on his experiences performing with a cast and sharing such an intimate moment meeting Joey in front of five thousand people.
The BBC Concert orchestra was conducted by David Charles Abell with a special program devised specially for the War Horse prom performing Adrian Sutton’s War Horse Suite, Ravel’s Le tombeau de couperin, Elgar’s The Snow and Ave Maria; Home they brought her warrior dead by Holst.
Thursday, 11th September 2014
Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the Devon countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace.
Now playing at Mercury Theatre, Colchester, Michael Morpurgo’s novel Friend or Foe, has received 5 star reviews.
By coincidence, or careful planning, press night for Friend or Foe falls seventy-five years to the day since Britain went to war with Germany. When Chamberlain spoke and the first sirens wailed, Operation Pied Piper was already underway, relocating thousands of evacuee children to the relative safety of the countryside.
This adaptation … captures wonderfully the sense of a Boy’s Own adventure, and the anguish, holding the audience rapt as the story unfolds.
This is a magical piece of theatre – the stylistic river scene is superbly realised with sound, light and kitchen furniture – which combines a rattling good yarn with reflections on friendship, patriotism and the waste of war. It speaks directly to us all – from the young children in the front row to the real-life evacuee in our midst, who has vivid memories of her own journey to Devon, seventy-five years ago …
Runs until September 13
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