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Skellig to get the family treatment at Nottingham Playhouse

Published: 9 February 2019
Reporter: Steve Orme

Nottingham Playhouse artistic director Adam Penford will continue his programming of titles aimed at schools and family audiences with the stage adaptation of David Almond’s Skellig.

In 2018 Penford directed Louis Sachar’s Holes which featured Edward Harrison playing several roles. Now Harrison will play Skellig, a strange, emaciated creature found in a derelict shed.

Skellig will be directed by Lisa Blair who revived Jez Butterworth’s Jerusalem at the Watermill Theatre, Newbury in 2018.

Penford said, “I’m delighted with the cast that’s been assembled for Skellig. Having heard Lisa’s plans for the production, it will be visually stunning and hugely inventive. David Almond’s modern classic is a beautiful story which will capture the imagination of audiences of all ages.”

Sam Swann will play Michael whose life has been turned upside down after his family moved across town to an old, crumbling house and his little sister became seriously ill.

Michael’s mother will be played by Nottingham Playhouse Amplify member Tina Harris. Simon Darwen takes the role of Michael’s father. Philip Correia plays estate agent Mr Stone. Luke Grant is Michael’s science teacher Rasputin, Kate Okello is his new friend Milna, Tanya Vital and Lauren Waine are school friends Coot and Leakey and Gillian Kirkpatrick takes a number of roles including narrator and student Lucy Carr.

Skellig runs at Nottingham Playhouse from Friday 22 March until Sunday 7 April. Press night will be Tuesday 26 March.