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Why the Whales Came

By Michael Morpurgo, adapted by Greg Banks

“You keep away from the Birdman”, warned Gracie’s father. But Gracie and her friend Daniel discover that the Birdman isn’t mad or dangerous like everyone says. It’s the Birdman who warns them to stay away from Samson Island – he says it’s cursed. So when Daniel and Gracie are stranded on Samson by fog they have to unravel the island’s haunting secrets…

Why the Whales Came was commissioned with support from SAINSBURY’S CHECKOUT THEATRE and was a co-production with Theatre Royal Plymouth

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Writer: Michael Morpurgo
Adaptor: Greg Banks
Co- Directors: Nikki Sved & Greg Banks
Designer: Dominie Hooper
Composer & Musical Director: Thomas Johnson
Lighting Designer: Marcus Bartlett & Katie Delaney / Lighting Designer for Comedy Theatre: Tim Mascall
Cast (original production & tour 2001): Derek Frood, Henry Hawkes, Holly Hutchings, Amanda Lawrence & James Walker
Musician: Harry Napier
Cast 2003 tour / & Comedy Theatre, London with Background Productions: Derek Frood, Holly Hutchings, James Walker, Benjamin Warren & Jordan Whyte
Musician: Harry Napier

This is not just a great piece of children’s theatre, it is a great piece of theatre, full stop. A rare and blessed production that could well inspire a child with a lifelong love of theatre
Daily Telegraph
An evening of thrilling theatre
The Guardian
Nigh on faultless … you will leave the theatre on a high
Time Out
An exemplary piece of theatre
Mail on Sunday
What's On
Absorbing storytelling, refreshingly simple and imaginative
Independent on Sunday