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Standing 8 in association with Theatre503 presents

Seeking Isolde & The Lost Land of Lyonesse

Written by Sara Bodinar & Dan McGarry
Directed by Melissa May Smith
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RUNNING TIME / NOTICES: 1hr, This show is suitable for ages 6+

Imagine diving into the sea and finding a secret kingdom with people living in it! This is what happened to Frank, a geeky amateur diver, who discovered Lyonesse, a land that sank beneath the waves during the times of King Arthur.

Frank has taken advantage of unusual tidal patterns to reach a part of the sea that has been hidden until now, but it won’t be long before other divers follow him and discover what’s been keeping him so busy under the water.
If Frank can prove the crown he has found on the seabed is Excalibaba, the crown of Lyonesse, then this mystical land will rise to the surface once again.

Standing 8 Theatre promises theatre that packs a punch. Horrible Histories meets the world’s geekiest Indiana Jones in this hilarious new show with original songs.

Sara Bodinar & Dan McGarry

Sara Bodinar has written extensively for films, TV, radio and theatre. She has been commissioned by Bollywood and Lego, but it’s working with the Leicestershire-based Urban Young Actors, where Sara has gathered the most experience in creating family-targeted theatre. Most recently her play Richard III’s Cyber Horse, another play about climate change, was performed by a cast of 60 (age range 8-21) for 2 nights in Leicester. She has also written a political satire for adults, produced by Minty Fresh Productions, which had its sell-out previews at Theatre503! Although currently living in Nottingham and a participation writer at Nottingham Playhouse, Sara is originally from Penzance in Cornwall. If Lyonesse were to rise again, she’d see if from the bedroom of her parent’s house.

Dan McGarry has been on the professional stage for almost 20 years and has toured the world with such companies as The Birmingham Stage Company, Heartbreak Productions and more recently Highly Sprung and Talking Birds. Since moving to Northampton in 2014 he has also worked as Associate Lecturer at the University of Northampton, is a Generate Artist at the Royal and Derngate and has established a new writing night in the town, where he mentors and encourages emerging and established writers within the East Midlands. His first play for Standing 8, Go Down Swinging, was performed at the Royal & Derngate in Northampton in 2017. In 2018 he was commissioned to write a play, A Bump in The Road, which was so well received that it was recommissioned for 2019 (and again for 2020). Also in that year, he helped to create and starred in, 60 Miles By Road or Rail at the Royal and Derngate with other Northampton Artists. In 2019, Dan oversaw 8 new scripts by young artists for the Andrea Dunbar Project, for Out of Joint Theatre Company, culminating in performances on the main stage of The Royal and Derngate.

Together Dan and Sara have a TV show in pre-production, another one in development, and have written a political comedy set in an aquarium.


Artistic Team
Sara Bodinar & Dan McGarry
Melissa May Smith
Stage Manager
Sara Bodinar
Voice Coach
Gemma Boaden
Movement Director
Jo Meredith
Dan McGarry

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