His Dark Materials: Part 1

By Nicholas Wright, based on the novels by Philip Pullman


His Dark Materials Parts 1 and 2 is a brilliant adaptation by Nicholas Wright of Philip Pullman’s best-selling trilogy: Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. The plays were first performed at The National Theatre in 2004. Essentially a love story, His Dark Materials revolves around Lyra and Will, two young teenagers from different worlds. The pair join forces and share adventures beyond their wildest imaginings as Lyra strives to find her best friend Roger and Will searches for his lost father.

As their friendship deepens, the teenagers are drawn into a cosmic battle between good and evil, encountering armoured bears, soul-eating Spectres, witches from Northern Lands and terrifying Harpies in The Land of the Dead before they face their human foes in a final, breath-taking battle.

This is Next Stage Youth’s most ambitious production yet. The adult company was one of the first non-professional groups in the country to stage this epic story in 2007, performing both in Bath and at the world-renowned Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Five years on, Next Stage’s talented youth company of sixty 11-18 year olds is proud to stage a revival of the production. Parts 1 and 2 of His Dark Materials each runs for a week with the 6 performances staged by separate casts of 30 youngsters per show.

This is an epic journey for actors and audiences alike. Stunning costumes and masks, an original musical score, special effects and lighting designed for the fast-moving and complex plot make this a theatrical event not to be missed.

Here’s what the reviewers said in 2007 when Next Stage first produced these remarkable plays:

“Doing all that the professionals are doing, and sometimes doing it even better” The Bath Chronicle Review of Part 1

“Inventive and imaginative” The Cornishman

With grateful thanks to this show’s Angels

Book for Parts 1 and 2 at the same time for £18 (£14 concs)

For an extra £1, reserve your seat: call 01225 428600

His Dark Materials: Part 1
Dates: Tue 03 Jul - Sat 07 Jul 2012 @ 7:30pm
Location: The Mission Theatre, Bath
Tickets: £10 (£8 Concessions)
Box Office: Next Stage Box Office 01225 428600 email (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) / Bath Box Office 01225 463362 online at http://www.bathboxoffice.org.uk

Review/s of his dark materials part 1:

Review 1: "Gripping stage version" - Bath Chronicle review

Five years on from its original production of this play, Next Stage has done it again and delivered another gripping stage version of Philip Pullman’s trilogy depicting a battle between good and evil. The drama revolves around teenagers Lyra and Will who inhabit different worlds. It is one of friendship and love, but it also includes adventures with warrior bears, witches, a shaman and soul-eating…click here to read the whole review.

By Jackie Chappell, Bath Chronicle

Review 2: "Extraordinary depth of talent" - Guide2Bath review

Based on the epic trilogy from Philp Pullman, Next Stage Youth have taken on the challenge of presenting the stage adaptation of these infamous stories. Under the expert guidance of Ann Garner the young troupe control and revel in the wilds of Lyra’s world. It is a fantasy world where all humans have daemons (a creature companion), who is their soul mate; if the link is severed both suffer terribly.…click here to read the whole review.

By Petra Schofield, Guide2Bath

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