The Barn Theatre has released stunning production shots for their world premiere of Michael Morpurgo’s Waiting for Anya.
The production is currently running at The Barn Theatre in Cirencester. The show has been a critics and audience hit – unsurprising for a venue with a well-deserved reputation for producing high-quality theatre.
It’s the fourth play to be adapted by Simon Reade for the venue.
Reade says: “My stage and screen Morpurgo adaptations go back twenty years. I’m lured to Michael’s stories because they are sophisticated tales that see the world through the eyes of a child – the erratic, immoral, incomprehensible adult world. The adults can learn from the children; they can rediscover their childlike curiosity and open-heartedness and fresh perspective, unsullied by the childishness of compromised adulthood. But Morpurgo’s child protagonists are also naïve, where the child doesn’t necessarily see the whole picture.
“Waiting for Anya is a story where no one is quite what they appear to be on the surface. It is profoundly moving and yet doesn’t invite our passive appreciation: it demands we take action, that we stand up and be counted. Not just in self-less individual acts, but together, as communities, our still small voice of conscience collectively singing out loud and clear – quite literally, music being the great redeemer in Michael’s stories.”
Waiting for Anya will be at The Barn Theatre until 05 May 2023
More information and booking: barntheatre.org.uk
Photos by Alex Tabrizi
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