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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.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/the-firework-makers-daughter-at-theatre-by-the-lake/
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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…

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/the-firework-maker%E2%80%99s-daughter-bsc-christmas-show-at-bloomsbury-theatre-in-london/
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It’s Week 4 of The Amber Spyglass (with BTTS)! This week Mark will be reading and reviewing Chapters 16-20 of the third instalment of our favourite trilogy.


Over at
our weekly forum thread we’ll be talking about the human/daemon relationship. Come and join us! Also, be sure to check out this week’s lovely banner (above), and click it to see the image it’s taken from!

contains the final clue for our August Contest, so get entering! The prize is a signed copy of The Amber Spyglass!

If you need some help, you can check out our Mark Reads gallery which contains all of the MarkReads banners to date. Send your entry in to us at contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “August Contest” by 11:59pm GMT on the 21st of August. The contest is open to everyone. Good luck!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/mark-reads-tas-week-4/
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