Friday, 16th January 2015
War Horse, one of the world’s most successful theatre productions premiered at the Bristol Hippodrome this month.
Based on the beloved novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is the story of Joey the horse and his young owner Albert, separated during the First World War. Hailed by Time Magazine as ‘A Landmark Theatre Event’, War Horse is a spectacular, powerfully moving and imaginative drama filled with stirring music and songs. At the heart are astonishing life-sized puppets, truly magnificent creations by the Handspring Puppet Company.
ITV News’ Kylie Pentelow met the writer Michael Morpurgo and some of the actors, ahead of the opening performance. View the video online at www.itv.com
The War Horse production has been seen by more than 6 million people worldwide since its premiere in 2007. To book a ticket, visit www.atgtickets.com
Saturday, 3rd January 2015
llustration © 2011 Emma Chichester-Clark. From The Pied Piper Of Hamelin by Michael Morpurgo, illustrated by Emma Chichester-Clark. Reproduced by permission of Walker Books Ltd, London SE11 5HJ
Hear the Orchestra perform a new version of this familiar legend written especially for families. Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, The Mozart Question), one of the UK’s greatest living authors, and Colin Matthews, regarded as one of today’s most exciting living composers, team up to present the timeless tale of The Pied Piper of Hamelin.
Their story of the travelling flute player and the rich, greedy mayor is compellingly and movingly told through the eyes of a young boy - one of Hamelin’s Thief-Dogs.
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski conductor
Michael Morpurgo author, narrator
Suitable for children aged 7 and over.
Book tickets online at www.southbankcentre.co.uk
Tuesday, 23rd December 2014
To commemorate 100 years since the famous Christmas Truce took place, Michael Morpurgo brought Joey, the world-famous War Horse puppet, home to Ypres.
“Joey may have been born in my mind’s eye, on the farm in Devon where I live … But the roots of his story and my story go back to Belgium. He is in a very real sense coming home … you feel very moved, because he seems to have come to represent all victims of war, be they animal or human.”
As well as visiting two commemorative locations, Michael was joined by the actress Virginia Mckenna and acapella singers Voices at the Door, for a concert of the Christmas Truce story.
“…the actress Virginia Mckenna … plays the old lady in this story, and she and I tell the story between us. And we have these wonderful acapella singers… they sing [the carols] in French and German and in Flemish and in English. It really represents what this story is all about.”
Watch a video clip of the performance at deredactie.be
Read The Guardian article online
Monday, 22nd December 2014
Children’s author Michael Morpurgo shares the vision behind the animated adaptation of his Christmas story, On Angel Wings on the BBC TV Blog.
The Christmas story is a story one knows so well, almost too well because very often it’s so familiar that we have stopped listening. So I thought, tell it in a different way, bringing new life to the story but keeping to the spirit and above all, the integrity of it.
Traditional stories are the foundation of all storytelling. I love them because they have lasted through the centuries and love the idea that stories listened to 2000 years ago are as compelling now as they were then.
Read the full blog article online
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