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I Believe in Unicorns Spring Tour

Following a hugely successful run at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and a sell-out tour of libraries in Hertfordshire and Central Bedfordshire as part of the Family Arts Festival last year, I Believe in Unicorns started its UK Spring Tour this week. 

This 55 minute version has been created by Dani Parr, Associate Director of Royal & Derngate Northampton and winner of two Awards for Innovation at this year’s Brighton Festival and producer and performer Danyah Miller.

Wizard Presents’ intimate, storytelling-led version of Morpurgo’s tale of the power of books, set in times of war and peace, includes an interactive book swap at each performance. The audience is encouraged to contribute to and influence the story and is invited to bring an unwanted favourite children’s book to form part of the set. There is an opportunity to swap it for another at the end of the performance.

If ever a story highlighted the importance of libraries in our communities, this is it. Discover the power of stories to transform lives as Tomas becomes instrumental in saving his burning library; when in the midst of war his village is overrun by soldiers.

The tour is supported by Watford Palace Theatre, Royal & Derngate, Northampton and using public funding by Arts Council England.

“Breathtakingly beautiful and utterly charming…a must see” Primary Times

“An utterly magical stage adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s enthralling children’s tale” The Stage

Up to date tour and booking details can be found at www.ibelieveinunicorns.co.uk

 

Download the BBC School Radio abridgement of Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

A new abridgement of Michael Morpurgo’s moving World War 1 story Private Peaceful in 13 episodes is available to download from the BBC School Radio website.

During the passing hours of an all-night vigil Private Thomas Peaceful recalls the events of his young life his school days, family life in a tied cottage on a country estate, love for a girl called Molly. And later, how he and his elder brother, Charlie, enlist and are posted to France, the hardship of life in the trenches and the terrible event that the morning will bring.

“Tommo’s journey from agricultural labourer to cannon fodder is movingly told… Michael Morpurgo is expert at getting through to his readers. He writes here about events that should never be forgotten nor forgiven, and does so most effectively.”

Independent

“Full of warmth as well as grief, conveying vividly how precious it is to be alive…”

Sunday Times

The BBC School Radio series will be available until 26 May.