Michael Morpurgo’s books are enjoyed and celebrated by thousands of readers. Many of Michael’s stories are re-told in different ways, from stage performances and blockbuster films, to concerts with his wonderful words set to music. Michael supports many charities and always finds the time to meet his fans at special reading events.
Thursday, 17th April 2014
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
Discover how Rae Smith’s designs for the internationally-acclaimed production of War Horse were created and watch as she brings her illustrations to life, in an on-stage demonstration of work from her new illustrated hard cover edition of War Horse. Michael Morpurgo joins Rae on stage, reading extracts from his beloved novel and sharing personal insights into the extraordinary journey from page to stage.
Thursday 29 May 2014, 5.30pm.
Cityread London will run throughout the entire month of April with events in every London borough. 2014 will see, for the first time, a children’s book celebrated as part of the scheme, with a programme of activities around Michael Morpurgo’s phenomenal bestseller Private Peaceful due to take place across London.
This special exhibition at St Barbe Museum, Lymington, marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War. It follows horses from peacetime occupations to the Remount Depots, revealing their contribution to the war effort in a remarkable and moving story.