His Dark Materials, parts 1 & 2 by Nicholas Wright, based on the novels by Philip Pullman at The Mission Theatre; a Next Stage Youth production, Part 1: Tuesday 13th, Thursday 15th February at 7.30pm, matinee Saturday 17th at 2pm. Part 2: Wednesday 14th, Friday 16th & Saturday 17th February T 7.30pm.
Tickets 01225 428600 or 01225 463362

A condensed and therefore simplified version of Pullman’s trilogy, Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, this is coming of age tale about Will and Laura’s adventures as they travel through parallel universes.

On their separate epic adventures they encounter witches and armed polar bears (“What I wouldn’t give for a mouthful of raw walrus,” says one) but attached to their daemons – a cross between a conscience or a soul – in animal form.

It’s the dark antithesis of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with a nod to Tolkien perhaps.

Scene changes are effected by a cinematic backdrop with magnificent masks, excellent lighting and many costume changes by the large cast; Floss Ingledew being excellent as Lyra, on stage for virtually the whole time.

Part 1 is more Laura’s story as the darker Part 2 follows Will, but to get the full story you’ll really need to see both parts.
You may have read the book, seen the film, heard it on Radio 4, so now it’s time to see this popular epic.

Philip Horton