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Gritty Children's Story By David Almond On Stage
An internationally-acclaimed children's story by leading author David Almond is being performed at a historic Birmingham theatre.
Popular children's story Heaven Eyes has been adapted for stage
Heaven Eyes is being performed by Théâtre Sans Frontières at The Old Rep Theatre in Station Street, in the city centre, on Thursday February 16.
With Théâtre Sans Frontières renowned for creating visual storytelling enhanced by mime, masks, puppetry, clowning, dance and music, the show is aimed at children and suitable for everyone aged at least nine years old.
Success for Théâtre Sans Frontières' first tour of Heaven Eyes in 2014 has led to a new tour of the show with some of the same actors reprising their roles, including Paddy Burton, Sarah Kemp; Maria Lindh, Natalie Ann Jamieson and Lawrence Neale.
A scene in the previous production of Heaven Eyes
Author Almond, who also penned Skellig and A Song for Ella Grey, created this poetic and gritty story about young people trying to find their way in the world.
It's packed with adventure and audiences will see Erin, January and Mouse run away from their care home before sailing downriver on a makeshift raft and becoming washed up on mudflats.
Along the way, they meet a strange girl called Heaven Eyes and the man she calls Grampa, who digs for treasures in the mud, but the children become suspicious that this man is actually hiding a secret.
Almond's work has gained him acclaim and awards including the Whitbread Children's Book Award, the Carnegie Medal for his first novel Skellig, the internationally prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal and the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize.
The first tour of Heaven Eyes was hugely successful
Over the past 25 years, Théâtre Sans Frontières has developed into one of Britain's leading touring theatre companies with an international cast of actors to perform theatre based on stories in their original language.
Previous productions include Les Trois Mousquetaires, Canary Gold, and the first UK theatrical adaptation to stage of Laura Esquivel's novel Como Agua Para Chocolate (Like Water for Chocolate).
The set and costumes for this production are designed by Alison Ashton while the music is composed by Ken Patterson.
Heaven Eyes - UK Tour Dates
16/02/2017 1pm & 7pm The Old Rep Theatre, Birmingham Tickets cost £12 (Conc £10, Schools & Groups £8) and are available from the Box Office on 0121 359 9444 or online at the Old Rep's website.
Other tour dates:
Sat, 18/02/2017 2pm & 6.30pm Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds
Tue, 21/02/2017 7pm The Dukes, Lancaster
Thu, 23/02/2017 7.30pm The Brewhouse, Taunton
Fri, 24/02/2017 10.30am The Brewhouse, Taunton
Thu, 02/03/2017 1pm Square Chapel, Halifax
Sat, 04/03/2017 7pm Mumford Theatre, Cambridge
Mon, 06/03/2017 7.30pm Theatre Royal Winchester
Wed, 08/03/2017 7pm The Gulbenkian, Canterbury
Fri, 10/03/2017 7pm Hawth Studio, Crawley
Tue, 14/03/2017 7pm People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Wed, 15/03/2017 1.15pm People's Theatre, Newcastle upon Tyne
Fri, 17/03/2017 1pm & 7pm Alnwick Playhouse
Sat, 18/03/2017 2.30pm ARC, Stockton Arts Centre
Wed, 22/03/2017 7pm Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Thu, 23/03/2017 10am Queen's Hall Arts Centre, Hexham
Sat, 25/03/2017 7pm The Maltings, Berwick-upon-Tweed