GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM
A play by David Wood, based on a book by Michelle Magorian
The Chichester Festival Theatre production was presented on a UK national tour by the Children's Touring Partnership.
Based on Michelle Magorian's classic, award-winning novel, GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM is set during the dark and dangerous build-up to the Second World War.
The play follows sad William Beech, who is evacuated to the idyllic English countryside and builds a remarkable and moving friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley.
All seems perfect until William is summoned by his mother back to London...
The original production employed 13 actors. Sammy, the dog, was played by a puppet.
Several members of the cast played several roles.
William and his friend Zach were played by child actors.
'David Wood's adaptation is both free and faithful .... story, contrast, tension, emotion; all are there ... children breathlessly attentive.'
The Times, 7th February 2011.
'... everything that tugs the heart strings and stimulates the tear ducts .... splendidly faithful to the book's remarkable depiction of the darkness of death and mental illness, bullying, bigotry and parental cruelty ... this show is going to be a big success.'
The Independent, 8th February 2011.
''This adaptation of Michelle Magorian's most successful book for children works like a charm ....
the play will speak to children, without question - but it may well be adults, looking back at a long-ago England while catching reflections of their own younger, fearful selves, it moves the most.
The Telegraph, 7th February 2011.