Lightbox Theatre in association with Theatre503 presents

The Blue Bird

Written by Maurice Maeterlinck (adpt. by Emma Faulkner & Anna Marsland)
Directed by Anna Marsland
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£8 Child / £10 Adult / Babes-in-Arms (-24mnths) FREE

RUNNING TIME / NOTICES: 60mins (no interval). Aimed at 4-11 year olds. Babes-in-Arms go FREE (no ticket required). Tickets should be purchased for children requiring a seat.

One wintry evening Tyltyl wakes to find a hump-back figure in his bedroom. She is obviously a fairy. Tyltyl must find the bluebird that makes people happy. And he must do so before morning. Tyltyl doesn’t know about bluebirds, or where he might find one but joined by his faithful pets the search begins… 

A cast of four create the magic and mystery of a young child’s quest into strange, fantastical and dangerous worlds to find the blue bird of happiness. The Blue Bird is a play that explores themes of emotional wellbeing, mental illness, isolation, overcoming fear and dealing with adversity.  

Lightbox Theatre presents Maurice Maeterlinck’s classic fairy-tale about happiness, perception and seeing the extraordinary in our everyday. Directed by Anna Marsland (Associate Director of Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time), this is a fun, visually charming and magical show for young people and their families.

Maurice Maeterlinck (adpt. by Emma Faulkner & Anna Marsland)

Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949) was a Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist. He gained instant recognition for his first play, Princess Maleine in 1890. In the following years, he wrote a series of symbolist plays characterized by fatalism and mysticism, most importantly Intruder (1890), The Blind (1890) and Pelléas and Mélisande (1892). He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1911 and in 1948. The French Academy awarded him the Medal for the French Language and his plays form an important part of the Symbolist movement.


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Artistic Team
Maurice Maeterlinck (adpt. by Emma Faulkner & Anna Marsland)
Anna Marsland
Emma Faulkner
Sammy Dowson
Simon Gethin Thomas
Odinn Hilmarsson
Stage Manager
Tor Porter
Ashley Alymann, David Fairs, Siu-see Hung, Jenni MacKenzie Jones
Review: The Blue Bird, The Albany Theatre - A Younger Theatre
Posted on 17 February 2017

As a show for children it is engaging, inventive, sweet and fresh. This tale inspires adults and children alike to take a chance and step outside of their comfort zone and embark on their own adventure as Tyltyl does.

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