Nottingham-based theatre company New Perspectives presents three rarely staged plays for children by Ted Hughes, at West Yorkshire Playhouse this April.
The Tiger’s Bones and other stories combines three short plays for children and in each Hughes explores weighty themes characterised in rich language and terrific humour. In The Coming of the Kings a greedy innkeeper is central in an original take on the nativity; Sean, the Fool, the Devil and the Cats is the former Poet Laureate’s allegory to fair working and the treatment of workers, whilst The Tiger’s Bones hints of the dangers of technological advancement.
Director Jack McNamara comments: “Stumbling across these rarely performed children’s plays by Ted Hughes was like metal detecting treasure on a beach. They were everything I wanted children’s theatre to be: beautiful, mysterious, funny and quite mad. They also have a deeply moral centre. Ted Hughes understands the intelligence of young audiences and offers them sophisticated themes usually reserved for adults, but with real lightness and invention.”
The ensemble cast includes Ed Thorpe, who recently performed in Hood, a New Perspectives co-production with Nottingham Theatre Royal to celebrate the theatre’s 150th anniversary. He is joined by New Perspectives newcomers Heather Dutton whose most recent credits performed in Bryony Lavery’s adaptation of Treasure Island at the National Theatre and Primetime at the Royal Court; George Eggay, who has an extensive stage, film and television career both in regional theatre and in London and Harry Egan, fresh from Trevor Nunn’s season at the Rose Theatre.
The Tiger’s Bones and Other Stories is at West Yorkshire Playhouse from Thursday 7th – Saturday 9th April at 2pm and 7pm daily. Tickets cost £12.50. Book online at wyp.org.uk or call the Box office on 0113 213 7700.