I Believe in Unicorns An adaptation by Daniel Jamieson of the book by Michael Morpurgo and directed by Nikki Sved at the Polka Theatre 12th to 15th March and touring until 9th May 2015.
Set in Croatia, Morpurgo’s tale is inspired by a visit to Russia where he witnessed a standing ovation for an old man who had rescued all the books from a library which had caught fire.
Moved by this experience, Morpurgo wrote the story of Tomas Porec who hates books, until he meets the Unicorn Lady, an inspirational librarian, who entrances him with her irresistible tales.
The stories he hears from the Unicorn Lady draw Tomas in and become central to his life. From that time on, he and his friends just want to listen to the tales which will change the course of Tomas’s life forever.
The show is about the power of the imagination and the value of stories. It contains tales within the main story, including a version of the Noah’s Ark story and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Match Girl.
Inspired by paper sculpture, the set is full of inventive surprises and is designed by Trina Bramman. As well as storytelling and puppetry, the show includes live music, influenced by the Balkans and specially composed for violin, electric guitar and accordion.
The tour follows performances in Philadelphia, where the company has been selected to perform at the International Performing Arts for Youth Showcase, which takes place from 21 to 24 January.
Theatre Alibi is best known for productions which are designed for children but also appeal to adults. Earlier this year, the company’s success was recognised by Arts Council England who made a three-year National Portfolio funding award to the organisation.
I Believe In Unicorns Trailer
Michael Morpurgo said: “Theatre Alibi has been responsible for some of the most vital and innovative work in British theatre in recent years.” Of I Believe in Unicorns, he added, “It was adapted and played quite beautifully. A sheer joy.”
I Believe in Unicorns is at the Theatre Royal Winchester from 5 to 7 February and then tours to Exeter Northcott, The Lowry, Polka Theatre and venues throughout the country. The final venue in the tour is the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds from 5th to 7th May 2015.
Feb 19–22 The Lowry, Salford Quays
Mar 12–15 Polka Theatre
Apr 1–4 Oxford Playhouse
Apr 7–9 Derby Theatre
Apr 10 & 11 Hull Truck Theatre
Apr 14 & 15 Lawrence Batley Theatre Huddersfield
Apr 16–18 Northern Stage, Newcastle
Apr 21 & 22 Mac Birmingham
Apr 28–May 2 Festival Theatre Malvern
May 5–9 Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Thursday 19th February 2015