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I Believe in Unicorns

12am

Touring nationally & internationally in Spring & Summer 2015

Based on the book by Michael Morpurgo.
Adapted by Daniel Jamieson. For 6+.

Tomas didn’t like books or stories. Stories were just for “Little Snotties”. He was happier clambering in the mountains like a goat or tobogganing with his Dad. That was until the Unicorn Lady came to town and reeled him in with her irresistible magic tales. But then disaster struck and put everything that mattered most in Tomas’s life in terrible danger… I Believe in Unicorns is a spellbinding and moving story by one of our greatest storytellers.

How to book

Find venue details and booking information at www.theatrealibi.co.uk

War Horse - Only Remembered

8pm

Sherborne Abbey

War Horse the book was inspired by a fireside chat in a Devon pub, over 30 years ago, with a veteran of the First World War. It has since been a National Theatre play, a symphony concert piece, a radio play and the Spielberg movie. But this concert version adapted by John Tams (the song-maker of the NT production, now four years into its London run) and sung by John Tams himself and Barry Coope, is the closest of all the adaptations to the original book, in which the voice of the storyteller is the voice of Joey, the horse on a Devon farm, sold away to the army to go to the front in 1914.

How to book

Find out more and book online at www.sherbourneabbeyfestival.org

Michael Morpurgo Talk

3pm

Langport Library

Listen to Michael Morpurgo’s ‘History into Fiction’ talk.

How to book

Fact and Fiction – where the ideas came from for my novels

6pm

Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool

For 17 years, LJMU has invited some of the country’s leading commentators to join staff, students and the people of Liverpool in discussing issues that matter to them. The Roscoe Lectures use research, humour and political insight to explore current, engaging topics. The lectures also feature LJMU’s Good Citizenship Awards which recognise the often overlooked contributions that local, young people from different cultures and communities make to society today.

All lectures are free but you need to reserve your place in advance.

How to book

Visit www.ljmu.ac.uk for further details

Michael Morpurgo Inspires

7pm

The Tabernacle

Michael Morpurgo joins Tracy Thorn, Chris McDougall and John Crace at this 5 x15 Event

How to book

Find out more at 5x15stories.com

The Mozart Question - Concert

6:45pm

Hay Festival

Author Michael Morpurgo is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble (a quartet of strings). Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust. Adapted and directed by Simon Reade.

How to book

Book online at www.hayfestival.com

Michael Morpurgo Concerts

12am

Derby Book Festival

Join Michael Morpurgo for songs, stories and poetry from the Great War.

How to book

Find out more at www.derbybookfestival.co.uk

The Mozart Question with Michael Morpurgo

3:30–5pm

Revelation St Mary's

Michael Morpurgo author of War Horse, Kensuke’s Kingdom, Private Peaceful and The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, among many others, is joined by actress Alison Reid, violinist Daniel Pioro and The Storyteller’s Ensemble to perform The Mozart Question. Together they interweave words and music, to tell his haunting tale of survival against the odds, set against the background of the Holocaust. Adapted and directed by Simon Reade.

How to book

Book online at www.revelationstmarys.co.uk

Norfolk Children's Book Festival

12am

Norwich Cathedral

Come and hear Michael Morpurgo talk about his highly-acclaimed novel, Listen to the Moon.

How to book

Look out for further details

The Mozart Question Concert

6pm

Lichfield Festival

When Lesley is sent to Venice to interview world-renowned violinist Paulo Levi on his 50th birthday, she cannot believe her luck. She is told that she can ask him anything at all – except the Mozart question. But it is Paulo himself who decides that it is time for the truth to be told. And so follows the story of his parents who, as Jewish prisoners of war, were forced to play Mozart violin concerti for the enemy; how they watched fellow Jews being led off to their deaths and knew that they were playing for their lives.

The Mozart Question explores how something so sublime as Mozart’s music can be used for evil purposes, but with such a light touch that it shirks nothing and yet is supremely suitable for family audiences.

How to book

Book online at www.lichfieldfestival.org

Adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice from The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips

12am

Asylum Tent, The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St Austell, Cornwall

Imagine being told to leave your home…

Imagine American soldiers occupying your house and land…

Imagine being 12 and angry, with only a cat to tell your secrets to…

Well it all happened (most of it anyway) in Slapton Sands, Devon, in 1944. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips, 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.

How to book

Book online at www.kneehigh.co.uk

Michael Morpurgo

12am

Word Factory

Look out for further event details

How to book

Find out more at www.thewordfactory.tv

Michael Morpurgo Presents ...

10:30am

Chichester Festival Theatre

Best-selling author of War Horse, Private Peaceful, and this season’s promenade production of Running Wild, Michael Morpurgo reads from and talks about his latest novel.

Listen to the Moon is a compelling story of love and loss, of a family and community fractured by war, but also of the power of hope and the survival of the human spirit against the odds.

How to book

Book online at www.cft.org.uk

I Believe in Unicorns Wizard Presents

11:30am

Vaudeville Theatre

Olivier Award nominated Wizard Presents brings, I Believe in Unicorns, Michael Morpurgo’s best-selling children’s story, back to the Vaudeville Theatre.

Back by popular demand, for a second magical West End season, this intimate show is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas. Tomas loves playing in the mountains where he lives and hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the Unicorn Lady (Danyah Miller) in his local library…

An enchanting and interactive show, I Believe in Unicorns sparks the imagination of both young and old. We’re sure that you too will believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’s spellbinding journey!
Suitable for a family audience and children aged 6+

How to book

Book ticket online at www.nimaxtheatres.com

Running Wild, new adaptation by Samuel Adamson

7:15pm

Chichester Festival Theatre

Following the tragic death of his father, everyone is keen to help young Will. When his grandmother suggests an Indonesian holiday it’s a dream opportunity to encounter the elephants he adores and learn about his own heritage.

No-one could foresee the world-changing events of Boxing Day 2004. Or the remarkable elephant who would carry Will deep into the jungle after the Tsunami.

But before he can allow the orangutans, monkeys, snakes and other animals to heal his wounds, he has to escape the hunters and their terrifying boss, the evil palm oil king, Mr Anthony.

This thrilling and touching tale of healing and the power of nature is set in the magnificent landscape of Cass Sculpture Foundation, against the backdrop of monumental sculptures and dramatic settings.

Directed by Dale Rooks, this promenade production captures the story through a montage of haunting soundscapes, jungle beats, chants and magnificent life-size puppetry by former War Horse puppeteers, Finn Caldwell and Toby Olié. Rooks’ previous credits include last year’s acclaimed The Hundred and One Dalmatians and the promenade production of Noah (2012). Caldwell and Olié‘s most recent work includes The Light Princess and The Elephantom for the National Theatre.

The audience will follow the production on foot through a variety of locations, including some steep and uneven ground.

Suitable for children aged 7+.

How to book

Book online at www.cft.org.uk