Exciting new play debuts in Alnwick

TSF's performance of Heaven Eyes, adapted from the novel by David Almond.
TSF's performance of Heaven Eyes, adapted from the novel by David Almond.

The premiere of an otherworldy tale takes place in Alnwick later this month, as an award-winning theatre company kicks off its tour.

Théâtre Sans Frontières’ latest production, in partnership with the Alnwick Playhouse, is Heaven Eyes, which is adapted from the novel by best-selling children’s author David Almond.

TSF's performance of Heaven Eyes, adapted from the novel by David Almond.

TSF's performance of Heaven Eyes, adapted from the novel by David Almond.

It will be performed at the Bondgate Without-based arts venue to kick off its autumn tour of the North East on Thursday, October 16, at 1.15pm and 7pm, and Friday, October 17, at 10am.

And author David Almond, who has adapted his own book for the stage, will be in town for a post-show discussion after the evening performance on the Thursday.

Théâtre Sans Frontières brings its own inimitable style of story-telling to this spellbinding and other-worldly tale, featuring a talented cast supported with original music and video.

Heaven Eyes is a poetic but gritty story suitable for everyone aged nine and over about young people trying to find their way in the world.

It is described as ‘mysterious, heart-breaking and humourous in equal measure’ and a play that ‘will touch the depth of your soul’.

Three orphaned teenagers – Erin, January and Mouse – run away from the children’s home they live in.

They sail down the Tyne on a home-made raft and get stuck on mudflats in the Ouseburn area.

Here they encounter a strange girl – Heaven Eyes – who speaks in Pidgin English and is living with an old man, Grampa, whose jacket says caretaker on it.

The old man spends every evening digging in the mud flats looking for treasures. Mouse joins him.

January distrusts the old man and thinks he is going to murder them all. Erin makes friends with Heaven Eyes.

As tension mounts between the group, January discovers a photo of Heaven Eyes with her family and finally they begin to learn the truth of her past.

Tickets, costing £10, £11 premier or £6.50 child/student, are available from the Playhouse box office in person, on 01665 510785 or online at www.alnwickplayhouse.co.uk.