Opened 24 June 2009
Written: by Nina Bawden, adapted by Emma Reeves
Directed: Andrew Loudon
Cast: Prunella Scales (Mrs Gotobed), Sarah Edwardson (Carrie)
Synopsis: When the Second World War air raids threaten their saftey in the city, Carrie and her brother are evacuated to a small Welsh village. But the countryside has dangers and adventures of its own - and a group of characters who will change Carrie's life for ever. There's mean Mr Evans, kind Auntie Lou, brilliant young Albert Sandwich and Mr Johnny, who speaks a language all of his own. Then there's Hepzibah Green the witch at Druids Grove, and the ancient skull with its terrifying curse...
What the popular press had to say....
CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, " Richly entertaining, deeply affecting show...Emma Reeves has adapted the book with skill...and Andrew Loudon directs a continuously absorbing production...This is a funny, sad and deeply rewarding piece of theatrical storytelling – whatever age you happen to be." HENRY HITCHING'S for THE EVENING STANDARD says,"This dramatic version of Bawden’s modern classic is wholesome, imaginative and polished." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "To call Andrew Loudon's production pedestrian would insult the walking community. It uses every cliche..." HEATHER NEILL for THE STAGE says, "It has all the strength and charm of a rite of passage piece with historical and regional particularities, moral and comic elements and a helping of mystical horror." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "The acting is consistently excellent and the production achieves what Reeves describes in the programme as its primary aim. Does it 'tell a very human story about people’s mistakes and misunderstandings'? And is that story 'cracking'? On both counts, yes."
Production photos by Keith Pattison