There May Be A Castle
20 Jan–23 Jan 2022
Based on the book by Piers Torday
For everyone over 7
“Like I said, kid, it’s your story. Are you ready?”
On a frozen Christmas Eve, Mouse Mallory and family are on their way across the snow-white valley to their Grandpa’s house. But they never arrive.
Instead, Mouse makes friends with a dinosaur that can change size, a glamorous but sarcastic horse and a tone-deaf minstrel who never stops singing!
Together, they embark upon an extraordinary quest in search of a castle – but will they find it before the dangerous pink knight catches up with them?
This remarkable story about love, loss and the power of the imagination, from award-winning writer Piers Torday, is adapted into a musical puppetry production by the creators of Little Angel Theatre’s The Singing Mermaid, The Smartest Giant in Town and The Pixie and the Pudding.
Praise for the book
“Original, ingenious and bold … I am still reeling.”
The Sunday Times
There May be a Castle is for everyone over 7. Although exciting and uplifting, and very much about the power of love, the production involves the central character dying. This happens near the end of the show and is treated in a very sensitive way, with Mouse re-joining his fantasy family. When the family car crashes, Mouse is transported into a fantasy world as he walks through the snow to find help, while his big sister, trapped in the car, remains in the ‘real world’ imagining she is a pirate to help her survive the cold. Younger children could find this confusing.
With thanks to Child Bereavement UK for their invaluable guidance.
Child Bereavement UK helps children and young people (up to the age of 25), parents, and families, to rebuild their lives when a child grieves or when a child dies. The charity also provides training to professionals, equipping them to provide the best possible care to bereaved families.
For support, information and guidance call Child Bereavement UK’s Helpline on 0800 02 888 40, 9am – 5pm, Monday to Friday.
Please also see the following resources, aimed at adults, that may help you to support your child and discuss death with them:
Guidance on grieving for a child of any age: https://www.childbereavementuk.org/grieving-for-a-child-of-any-age
Guidance on telling a child that someone has died: https://www.childbereavementuk.org/telling-a-child-that-someone-has-died
Guidance for supporting bereaved children and young people: https://www.childbereavementuk.org/supporting-bereaved-children-and-young-people
Tickets for school groups are £6.50 per person (weekdays before 3 pm, during Islington term time only).
Please note maximum schools capacity for shows at our Theatre is 115 per show. The schools capacity for shows at our Studios varies – please check the page for the show you want to see.
Our Educational Pack will be available soon.
Saturday 15 January 2022, 4pm
No online booking – please call 020 7226 1787
What is a Relaxed Performance? Find out more here.
What is a visual story? Find out more here.
If you are interested in arranging a weekday Relaxed Performance for a school group, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Based on the book by Piers Torday
Adapted by Barb Jungr and Samantha Lane
Directed by Samantha Lane
Music and lyrics by Barb Jungr
Puppets designed by Judith Hope
Set and costumes designed by Ellie Mills
Lighting designed by Sherry Coenen
Video Designed by Libby Ward
MD, piano, accordion, keyboards and horse bridle by Jenny Carr
Bass and guitar by Dudley Phillips
Drums by Steve Taylor
Trumpet and flugelhorn by Paul Higgs
Recorded and mixed by Christoph Bracher
Performed by Kat Johns-Burke, Ruth Calkin, Georgia-Mae Myers, Stacey Read and Gilbert Taylor
Stage Managed by Adam Lovelock
Image copyright © Rob Biddulph 2016.
With thanks to our generous funders Arts Council England and Garfield Weston who have supported this production, to Child Bereavement UK for their invaluable guidance, and to everybody at Jane Morgan Associates especially Pam Kehoe.
Despite changing government restrictions, we will still have additional measures in place to keep our staff, performers and families safe.
Please note: we strongly encourage taking lateral flow tests prior to attending. Face masks are now mandatory for adults and children 11+, please make it obvious on your person if you are exempt.