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A while ago, we told you about the play adaptation of The Firework-Maker’s Daughter on at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria (UK). The play is on until the 7th of the January so there’s still a while left to go and see it! Let our reviewer, Rosie, help you decide…

“It’s hard to think of a more dramatic setting for drama than the Theatre by the Lake, surrounded as it is by snow-clad fells reflected in the tranquil Derwent Water. On a chilly December evening it’s also good to come inside to find some seasonal warmth, and Stephen Russell’s dramatisation of The Firework-Maker’s Daughter provides warmth in abundance.

The warmth doesn’t only come from the play’s tropical setting, amongst the Indonesian rainforests accompanied by gamalan orchestra. The cast throw themselves into the production with gusto. Vera Chok, in the lead, is a suitably feisty Lila (now what does that name remind me of?), the girl who scorns the idea of marrying a prince in the traditional pantomime way, and the irrepressible bounciness she puts into her quest for the secret of the perfect firework is infectious. Mitesh Soni is good as Lila’s humble but devoted admirer, but it’s Declan Wilson as her eternal foil, whether as elephant-master or inept pirate, who puts real fizz into the show every bit as much as the backstage crew who provide the pyrotechnics for the climactic firework competition and the simple but beautiful sets. Joanna Holden is also memorable, variously as a hapless pirate, hapless villager and a tyrant king who makes up in cruelty what she lacks in stature. And then there’s the elephant. How could one forget the elephant?

Philip Pullman is always a very theatrical novelist and The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, as with the earlier Count Karlstein, has its roots in a school play he wrote in his teaching days drawing on ancient folk tales. It’s hardly surprising, then, that the book makes the transition to the stage so seamlessly. It’s not only children who will find this a memorable Christmas show.”

You can book tickets at the Theatre By The Lake website.

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[livejournal.com profile] angelofboox went to see a production of The Firework-Maker's Daughter. This is her review.

Last week I went to see the Birmingham Stage Company’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter, at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Thinking of going? Read on…

For those who haven’t read the book, the story tells of a girl called Lila, who dreams of becoming a firework-maker like her father. Her hopes are shattered when her father tells her it is no job for a girl. She sets out in secret for Mount Merapi in search of the elusive royal sulphur, facing pirates and supernatural creatures along the way – but must then return to save her imprisoned father with a firework display that must rival the best on earth…

The Birmingham Stage Company’s production delights with a creative set and spectacularly catchy music that you won’t be able to get out of your head. Lila’s magical adventure is brought to life in an explosive and colourful show that will keep you waiting for that final firework display.

Last year, Pullman said about the Birmingham Stage Company’s production:

“What a great cast! What musical talent as well as charm and stage presence! I’m delighted with everything about it.”

The show is on in London at the Bloomsbury Theatre from the 14th of December to the 21st of January. You can get tickets via the Box Office (020 7388 8822) or book online at www.thebloomsbury.com

Live a bit further north and still want to see a production? We’ll have a review of The Firework Maker’s Daughter production on at The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria, (on until the 6th of January) in just a few days…

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An adaptation of The Firework Maker’s Daughter is being performed at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. The play, adapted for stage by Stephen Russell, will run until the 7th of January.

A charming and explosive adventure! Set in the tropical jungle of Indonesia, this is the story of young Lila and her quest to discover the secrets of the Firework-Maker’s craft. With her father’s life hanging in the balance she must undertake a perilous journey to volcanic Mount Merapi. Lila has to face pirates, spirits and the terrifying Fire-Fiend, but she is helped by her best friend Chulak and a lovable and resourceful white elephant called Hamlet.

Tickets for the show go from £10 to £22.50. They are available for purchase here.

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Birmingham Stage Company’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter will be playing at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London, this Christmas. The play was shown by the Birmingham Stage Company at the Birmingham’s Old Rep Theatre last year and was a rousing success. It will play at the Bloomsbury from the 14th to the 17th of December and then from the 9th to the 21st of January. The play was described by Pullman as “One of the best productions of my work I’ve ever seen!” Tickets are £19.50 for adults and £14.50 for children and can be bought by calling 020 7388 8822 or by visiting the play’s website.

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Back in April we reported that Clockwork, one of Philip Pullman’s novels, had been adapted into an Opera by Visible Fiction and the Scottish Opera, and would be touring through Scotland in June.

Our compatriots over at Cittàgazze managed to get an interview with Douglas Irvine, Visible Fiction’s Artistic Director, about the project and his thoughts on it.

Interview behind the cut )

The interview is available in French over at Cittàgazze’s website.

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Clockwork or All Wound Up has been adapted into an opera by Composer David Trouton and Visible Fiction’s director Douglas Irvine. Both are fans of the classic Pullman fairytale-esque book, which is a spooky story about an apprentice clockwork-maker, a storyteller and a mechanical knight constructed by an evil genius.

The opera, which premiered on Wednesday the 13th of April, ran at the Tron theatre in Glasgow until the 16th of April, and will now be touring around Scotland until June. For information about locations and buying tickets, look here. The opera is suitable for ages eight and up, and is approximately 110 minutes long.

“Douglas Irvine’s adaptation is brisk and beautiful…” – The Scotsman.

If you’re planning on seeing Clockwork or have already seen it – let us know! We’d love to hear your review.

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Our compatriots over at HisDarkMaterials.Org have unearthed Chris Weitz’ original script for the Golden Compass movie. It differs from the actual movie in many ways, and is a far more accurate adaption of the books that we all love.

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Philip Pullman is hard at work adapting his comic The Adventures of John Blake into a film script. The comic, illustrated by John Aggs, was only half-published when the comic anthology it appeared in, the David Fickling Comic (The DFC), fell victim to the recession and had to cease publication.

He told BridgeToTheStars.net, “I’ve been busy turning that into a film script, and I’m now in the middle of the second draft of that. I’m very pleased with John Blake; I hope that Sraffies and others will enjoy it too.”

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Philip Pullman’s award-winning book Spring-Heeled Jack is being made into an animated film by Paul Dutton, director of The Illusionist.

Dutton is a self-confessed fan of Pullman, saying that “I’ve read almost everything Pullman has written and enjoyed it, and so has my family. Of course, the Golden Compass, Northern Lights, and those books are fantastic. He really evokes something that I would like to capture.”

Thanks to Skye for giving us the heads up!



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