Back after a busy two days in London, seeing people about all sorts of book things. But also got to see the adaptation of Jamila Gavin's CORAM BOY at the Olivier Theatre. Intriguing to see how the events of a very full novel had been reshaped or developed into impressive, emotional stage moments. Strong drama,with some truly poignant smaller details.
Wasn't sure how the school parties in the upper seats would like it, but as I was going down the crowded stairs, two girls - their eyes all shining - burst out with "It was wonderful! Did you think it was good?"
Yes - and hello to everyone at MORPETH SCHOOL in Bethnal Green -I DID,and glad to know you did too. Definitely a great experience!
Waving to Wiltshire, and to Oxfordshire, too! First hello to STRATFORD-SUB-CASTLE C.E. PRIMARY SCHOOL, near Salisbury. Really admired the huge "Spectre of Hairy Hector" characters on your hall wall - even if the Spectre did start waving his green hairy hands! Oo-er! - and the Rickety Hall "rooms" I spied looked fascinating. It was a fun day and nice to meet you all!
Second hello to PINEWOOD SCHOOL, at Bourton, near Swindon. I really enjoyed sharing stories with all the Children in Need "Fancy Pants" in the Pre-Prep Department. Great to talk to all the "bigguns" in the Main School, too. Hope you enjoyed the sessions. Very cheering to see that those lucky people sitting on the soft, comfy sofas did NOT actually go to sleep!
A more distant hello to THE WELLWISHER BOOKSHOP, who had helped with the visits. I'd hoped to call in and see the new, expanded shop - with all its four windows - but timings did not work out. Bother, bother! Thanks for your help, all the same.
First, a hello to the pupils from HOOKSTONE CHASE PRIMARY SCHOOL, Harrogate, whom I met today, telling them stories as part of their Harlow Carr Gardens "Tree Day" adventure. I had a happy Pumpkin Day storytelling there on Saturday, so another hi to anyone I met among the orange squelchy goo around on that day.
And the greatest of thanks & cheers to the totally wonderful KNEEHIGH THEATRE COMPANY, and their totally amazing "Tristan and Yseult", seen at the West Yorkshire Playhouse on Saturday. A mesmerising production, balancing humour and sorrow as cleverly as they balanced all the physical action - and the mix of usic and lights and simple but stunning effects. All I can say is if ever any ANY grown-up reader wants to see stunning theatre, look out for the name of this company. Kneehigh started as theatre for children, but their work now is definitely for grown people.
(Now over Manchester way, I think!)
Must go. Hurrying off to do a chat about storytelling somewhere in York this evening. ZOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooommmmmmmmmm!