A young boy’s quest to overcome his fear of the dark is told in an enchanting tale about friendship and adventure as LUNA visits Bath’s egg theatre from Thursday 14th November to Saturday 16th November.
Luna tells the charming story of Billy who, like many young children, is afraid of the dark. One night he is befriended by Luna, who – as the only moon in the sky – is lonely, and together they embark upon a captivating and magical adventure which showcases the importance of friendship and helps Billy overcome his fears.
Leading English children’s theatre makers, Theatre Hullabaloo have teamed up with leading Welsh counterparts, Theatr Iolo, to present this new show for children aged between 2 and 5 years old. Respected theatre actress Catherine Lucie portrays the charming title character of Luna and Chris Farish endearingly captures the emotions and fears of 4 year-old Billy.
Staged by highly-regarded Early Years Theatre Director, Sarah Argent, this spellbinding performance is based on an original story by Theatre Hullabaloo’s Creative Producer, Miranda Thain. Luna follows the successful stage adaptation of the much-loved picture book The Night Pirates, created for Theatre Hullabaloo by Sarah and Miranda in 2009; a show which toured to the egg theatre in 2010.
The captivating story of Luna was developed after the team visited nurseries to explore common childhood experiences of bedtime through workshops; looking at the fears and thrills of night-time and the places our imaginations go to when the lights go out. These conversations with young children helped to inspire the play Luna and create the much-loved character of Pig, a constant companion and comfort to the character of Billy in the story.
Miranda Thain said: “Children have fantastic imaginations and through working with them and exploring their thoughts as to what can happen after dark, what may be in the shadows of their bedroom and what the moon is made from, we knew there was a compelling and emotional tale that needed to be told. The end result is a very simple yet effective story which we hope will give young children a meaningful theatre experience.”
Luna offers youngsters an ideal introduction to the theatre and during its nationwide tour Theatre Hullabaloo is running a ‘Theatre Firsts’ campaign helping families to capture those wondrous first theatre experiences and drawing attention to what an important part of childhood theatre visits can be. Just by entering a photo and/or a review into this fun competition after the show, families will have the chance of winning a Luna goody bag containing picture books and a nightlight.
Luna is designed by Bek Palmer with music composed by Greg Hall, lighting by Jane Lalljee, illustration by Caroline Thaw and Jem Treays as Movement Director.
LUNA appears at the egg theatre from Thursday 14th November to Saturday 16th November. Tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal Bath Box Office on 01225 448844, the egg reception on 01225 823 409 or online via www.theatreroyalorg.uk