Award-Winning Children’s Book Comes To Theatr Brycheiniog Stage

David Almond’s book Skellig, published in 1998, became an instant classic, snatching the Whitbread Children’s Book Award from Harry Potter and winning the prestigious Carnegie Medal. Now it is being brought to the stage for a special UK tour playing at Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, from 23-28 November prior to a London season.

Skellig tells the story of ten-year-old Michael, who had been looking forward to moving into a new house. But now his baby sister is ill and his parents are frantic. Then Michael wanders into the crumbling garage and sees something lying beneath the spider webs and flies – is it a man or an animal? Michael confides in his new friend Mina and together they carry the creature Skellig into the light, changing their world forever.

David Almond’s eerie and magical stage version of his own book stars Neal Foster and is directed by Welsh director Phil Clark, who said ‘Skellig is one of the greatest books written for young people. Transposing it to the stage has been a great privilege and an exciting artistic challenge.’

Phil continues: ‘Because of the epic nature of the narrative, the story demands a total theatre approach. I have chosen to work with a cast of actor/musicians and the composer Jak Poore from Llandrindod Wells. Together we have created a piece of theatre that reaches out to touch and celebrate young people’s imagination.’

When it was originally seen in Birmingham and London last year, Skellig played to packed houses and great acclaim. The Stage said ‘The BSC’s production of this wondrous and multi-layered story is riveting. Skellig is powerfully played by Neal Foster and his presence is awesome.’

In addition to the stage version, Skellig was recently filmed with Tim Roth & John Simm and watched by one million viewers on Sky TV.

With performances on Monday 23, Thursday 26 and Friday 27 November, Birmingham Stage Company’s Skellig is a very special theatrical family treat not to be missed and is suitable for all ages 6+. Tickets cost £12.50 (£11.00 concs) and are available online at or from the box office on 01874 611622.

Theatr Brycheiniog, Brecon, is one of Wales’ foremost arts centres with a wide-ranging programme of music, theatre, dance and comedy. Its funding partners include the Arts Council of Wales, Powys County Council and Brecon Town Council.

Photograph: A still from Skelig (c) Birmingham Stage Company


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