Heaven Eyes by David Almond to play at Arts Centre Washington

Heaven Eyes by David Almond

Award-winning touring theatre company, Théâtre Sans Frontières, will be performing its production Heaven Eyes by the celebrated children’s author David Almond at Arts Centre Washington on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 February 2017.

Adapted for the stage by internationally acclaimed children’s author, David Almond (Skellig, A Song for Ella Grey), Heaven Eyes is a poetic and gritty story about young people trying to find their way in the world. Running away from their care home, Erin, January and Mouse sail downriver on a makeshift raft. Washed up on the mudflats,they meet a strange girl, Heaven Eyes, and a man she calls Grampa, who digs for treasures in the mud. As Erin befriends Heaven Eyes and tensions begin to rise within the group, January’s suspicions about the old man grow. What is the secret he’s hiding?

Based in Northumberland, David Almond has won numerous awards for his work, including the Whitbread Children’s Book Award and the Carnegie Medal for his first novel  Skellig, the internationally prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 2010, and, in 2015, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for A Song for Ella Grey. TSF's first tour of Heaven Eyes, in autumn 2014, was recommended by the British Theatre Guide as one of the Best Family
Shows in the North-East during that year.

Reprising their roles from the 2014 tour are; TSF regular Paddy Burton, Joint Artistic Director Sarah Kemp; Maria Lindh from Sweden; and Tyneside actors, Natalie Ann Jamieson and Lawrence Neale. Joining them for the first time is Newcastle-based actor William Davies. The show is directed by TSF joint artistic directors John Cobb and Sarah Kemp. The set and costumes are designed by Alison Ashton (Canary Gold, Les Aventures de Lapin) and the music is composed by Ken Patterson (Les Aventures de Lapin, Round the World in 80 Minutes).

Known for its vibrant and innovative productions, TSF has previously performed Lorca: Amor en el Jardín and Chernobyl @30 at Arts Centre Washington.

The production is suitable for everyone aged 9 years and over. Tickets cost £6.50 / £22 (Family, admits 4) and are available from the Box Office on 0191 561 3455 or online at www.artscentrewashington.co.uk .

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