They have been on our wish-list for so long! On Tuesday 24th September the amazing Theatre Alibi came to St Paul's Shepton Mallet!
Theatre Alibi are an Exeter-based company celebrated for their education work, incredible storytelling and creating epic theatre for children and young people.
This production was all about the power of books and imagination. Set in Slovenia during a troubled period in its recent history it shows the value of stories in children's lives as a way of understanding the world and developing empathy and imagination.
I Believe in Unicorns tells the story of Tomas. Tomas hates school, hates books and hates stories. Stories are just for “Little Snotties”! He is happier clambering in the mountains like a goat or tobogganing with his Dad.
That is until the Unicorn Lady comes to town and reels him in with her irresistible magic tales. But then disaster strikes and puts everything that matters most in Tomas’s life in terrible danger…
“The best thing we’ve ever seen” was amongst the feedback!
And a new Year 3 students said: “I didn’t think i’d like it as I knew it was about unicorns but it was brilliant - all the year 6 boys loved it”
It’s such a clever thing to be able to strike that balance of making people laugh and think and this show did that brilliantly. We talked about all the big questions: the power of stories and imagination, the importance of libraries, how books have been seen as a sign of danger and power during history, the feeling of being an outsider, how war and violence can destroy communities, and the never ending fun, invention and creativity of childhood!
BY MICHAEL MORPURGO, ADAPTED BY DANIEL JAMIESON
Find out more about Theatre Alibi here