Ovalhouse will conclude their powerful winter Season with Why The Whales Came – an enchanting tale by one of the UK’s best-loved storytellers, Michael Morpurgo. Fresh from a highly successful autumn tour, this magical family show is full of fun, mystery, and adventure.
Wizard Presents, the talented team behind the acclaimed and much-loved production of I Believe in Unicorns, and multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly bring this wonderful and captivating tale to life.
Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions and learn why the whales came to the island.
Award-winning children’s writer, Michael Morpurgo, comments, Danyah Miller is a storytelling phenomenon. After seeing and loving her wonderful one-woman show of ‘I Believe In Unicorns’ I went back and back to see it again, in village halls and theatres up and down the country, in the West End, finishing with a triumphant performance in a packed Royal Festival Hall. And now she is bringing maybe my very favourite book ‘Why The Whales Came’ to audiences everywhere. I shan’t miss it. Don’t you miss it either. It will be a theatrical tour de force, that’s for sure.
Continuing their passion for discovering and supporting imaginative and innovative voices, Ovalhouse’s season of innovative shows has included: Christopher Brett Bailey’s Kissing The Shotgun Goodnight, Theatre Témoin’s The Marked, Accidental Collective’s Here’s Hoping, Nick Field’s Work Play, The Future is Unwritten’s Still, and Xavier de Sousa’s Post.
Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London SE11 5SW
Thursday 22nd – Saturday 31st December 2016
No performances on Christmas Day or Boxing Day
BSL interpreted performance on Tuesday 27th December, 2pm
Running Time 60 minutes
www.ovalhouse.com, 020 7582 7680.
Performer Danyah Miller
Director Dani Parr
Designer Kate Parr
Video Designer Cate Blanchard
Movement Dire Jennifer Jackson
Sound Designer Martin Thompson
Lighting Designer Will Evans
Voice Coach Gemma Boaden
Dramaturge Morgan Lloyd Malcolm
Production Manager David Ferrier
Stage Manager Marr Llewellyn Smith