FIRST LOOK at Jemma Kennedy’s new adaptation of the award-winning novel by Sally Gardner. Directed by Wardrobe Ensemble’s Jesse Jones, this extraordinary production will open to press on THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER AT 7PM

This show says so much about the power of imagination and young people’s agency in the world especially in times when young voices are being heard over issues of a global significance.

Weston Theatre
A Unicorn Production
Based on the novel by Sally Gardner
Adapted for the stage by Jemma Kennedy
Directed by Jesse Jones - Designed by Lucy Sierra with lighting by Sam Waddington and Projection & Video Design by Akhila Krishnan - Original Composition and sound design by Ben Grant

Thursday 26 September to Sunday 27 October 2019

Jesse Jones directs James Newton and James Day in Jemma Kennedy’s visceral adaptation of Sally Gardner’s dazzlingly original and award-winning novel, Maggot Moon, an unforgettable story of courage, friendship and rebellion.

Set in a dystopian 1950s Britain, the country is under the sinister totalitarian rule of the Motherland. Dark government forces are at work busy in a national race to be first on the moon. Spies and surveillance are everywhere, the impure are detained, and the truth is difficult to discern.

This dark and engaging story unfolds from the perspective of an off-key hero, the dyslexic and bullied Standish Treadwell, a fifteen-year old boy who is everything the oppressive regime dislikes: imaginative, compassionate and dangerously perceptive. As family and friends disappear around him, Standish is the only one who can stop this brutal regime.

Sally Gardner’s extraordinary novel was published in 2012 and won both the Costa Children's Book Award and the Carnegie Medal in 2013. Admired for its intelligent portrayal of a smart dyslexic teenager and expressionistic voice, Maggot Moon uniquely articulates human resilience and heroism, and shows us how a teenager, despite the odds, can still have agency in an adult world.

This remarkable adaptation from Jemma Kennedy is alive with the book’s off-kilter vision and sinister resonance. Directed by Jesse Jones, this intimate staging will be a multi-layered experience featuring projection, close live-feed video camera work and live drawing, with an original score from Ben Grant.

Age guide: 9 – 13
Duration: Approx 1 hr
Contains occasional use of strong language

Unicorn Theatre 147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ
Box Office: 020 7645 0560

Under 18s £6 - £16
Adults £12 - £22
Previews £10 (26 Sep – 3 Oct)
Schools tickets £10 (1 free teacher per 10 tickets booked)
Relaxed Performances: Fri 18 Oct 2019, 11am & Sat 19 Oct 2019, 1.30pm
Audio-Described Performance: Sun 20 Oct 2019, 1pm
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