Friday, 17th July 2015
Kneehigh’s world-renowned outdoor Asylum is an award-winning, purpose-built tent and nomadic theatre space. This summer, it plays host to 946, the exciting new stage production based on Michael Morpurgo’s book The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips.
Following a visit to rehearsals, Michael said:
“Just been again to Kneehigh rehearsals of 946 of The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips. Something quite remarkable is being concocted by Emma Rice and her team, quite amazing, wonderful energy, beautiful dance and music, great acting, the makings of a really terrific show.”
Watch the trailer for a preview of this magical production:
946 at the Kneehigh Asylum 946 tells the story of the rehearsal of the D-Day landings, and of the 946 people who were killed during Operation Tiger at Slapton Sands in Devon in 1944. The D-Day rehearsal, codenamed Operation Tiger, was a disaster on a grand scale with the loss of life greater than the actual invasion of Normandy just months later. However, the true story was to remain a secret for decades, covered up by both the UK and US governments. Michael Morpurgo comments,
“946 is a story that emerges not just from the legends and the rocks and the landscape, but is based on historical events that took place in and around Slapton as the Americans trained for the landings in France a year later. I have witnessed first-hand the way Kneehigh weaves a tale and makes it live on stage for us. For my story to play a part in this is simply a joy.”946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D Day landings. With signature Kneehigh sorcery, 946 uses music, puppetry and foolishness to tell this tale of war, prejudice and love. Tender, political and surprisingly romantic, this story speaks to us all and will finally reveal the secrets the US and British governments tried to keep quiet. To find out more and book tickets, visit the shows calendar.
Friday, 10th July 2015
The prestigious prize was awarded to William Drake and Gustav Brincat for the second time for their adaptation of a classic German poem into a short film. The Year 10 students at St Albans School, achieved runner-up awards for their entry to this year’s theme, “Von Pop bis Poesie – Poetry and Music”.
The competition, open to all German language students aged between nine and 18, is run through the University of Oxford’s German department within the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages.
William and Gustav worked together to create, produce, direct and act in their own film version of Goethe’s poem, Der Zauberlehrling (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice).
Gustav was also highly commended for his entry to the ‘Networking in German’ competition, after submitting an idea for an activity that make learning German more fun.
The students and their modern foreign languages teacher, Gabriele Renz, travelled to Oxford University to collect their award, and listened to author Michael Morpurgo, guest speaker at the event.
Friday, 3rd July 2015
Dean Close Prep School Community was very excited to welcome Michael Morpurgo to this year’s Speech Day. Mrs Lawrence and the cast of Private Peaceful were delighted Michael watched scenes from the children’s play they had staged earlier in the year. He then gave the cast a lesson in how to take a bow, explaining that they must bow at least 90⁰ and stay down for the count of one rhinoceros, two rhinoceros, three rhinoceros to maximise levels of applause and if they could squeeze a forth in, that wouldn’t be a bad thing!
Michael entertained children and adults alike with a moving speech about the benefits of challenging ourselves. Sharing personal childhood memories to demonstrate how, when he was most afraid, he took a chance and scored a valuable try as a small 8yro scrum half.
Everyone was enthralled when Michael sang an unaccompanied solo of the song “Barley Corn”, a song taken from the stage performance of War Horse. What an absolute privilege to have Michael with us on Speech Day, a treasured memory for us all to keep for years to come.
Saturday, 13th June 2015
When Lesley is sent to Venice to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi on his fiftieth birthday, she cannot believe her luck. She is told that she can ask him anything at all – except the Mozart question.
Words and music are interwoven in the Mozart Question Concert, to tell Michael Morpurgo’s haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust.
Here, Chris Owen reviews the recent performance at York Minster where it was the headline event at The York Festival of Ideas.