His Dark Materials

By Philip Pullman

Synopsis:

Based on Philip Pullman’s trilogy, His Dark Materials, this brilliant adaptation by Nicholas Wright is a play in two parts. It is essentially a love story in which the leading characters, Lyra and Will, meet as young teenagers from different worlds. Lyra, the daughter of Lord Asriel, is on a journey beyond her wildest imaginings. Will, from our world, is seeking his lost father. Driven on by unseen powers, the two young people join forces against the malevolent inhabitants they encounter - soul-eating spectres, child-catching gobblers, a manipulative mother, a megalomaniac father and a corrupt church. This is an epic journey for actors and audiences alike.

Primarily a battle between good and evil, His Dark Materials is peopled by memorable characters and scenes drawn from both the human and fantasy worlds – from the armoured bears of Svallbard to the witches of The Northern Lands, from the horrors of the Cliff-ghasts to the Harpies in The Land of the Dead, from the Oxford of Lyra’s world to the brilliance of the Aurora - Pullman weaves them all together with a magical touch.

This is Next Stage Theatre Company’s most ambitious production yet. His Dark Materials has a cast of 26, stunning costumes and masks, an original musical score, and special effects and lighting designed for the fast-moving and complex plot. Do not miss it!

His Dark Materials
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in July 2007.

Director/s | Cast:

Director

Liz Wilson

Liz Wilson

Lyra

Luke Smith

Luke Smith

Will

Brian Howe

Brian Howe

Thorold

Tom Ash-Miles

Tom Ash-Miles

Roger/Balthamos

Luke Hardy

Luke Hardy

Master/Jopari

Richard Matthews

Richard Matthews

Kaisa/Brother Jasper

Alan Casse

Alan Casse

Golden Monkey

John Matthews

John Matthews

John Faa/President

Nicky Wilkins

Nicky Wilkins

Iorek Byrnison

Tim Evans

Tim Evans

Lord Asriel

Caroline Groom

Caroline Groom

Mrs Coulter

Lord Boreal

Lesley Langley

Lesley Langley

Nurse Cade/Grendella/No-Name Harpy

Bridget Casse

Bridget Casse

Dr West/Hannah Jones/Harpy 3

Joanna Bowman

Joanna Bowman

Ruta Skadi/Salmakia

Kay Francksen

Kay Francksen

Serrafina Pikkala

Rachel Howe

Rachel Howe

Grimhild/Kirjava/ Stelmaria (Part 1)

Georgi Bassil

Georgi Bassil

Perpetua/Hester

Anna-Fleur Rawlinson

Anna-Fleur Rawlinson

Salcilia/Stelmaria (Part II)

Daisy/Ghost Child

Maddy McGlynn

Maddy McGlynn

Lily/Angelica

Sam McGlynn

Sam McGlynn

Billy Costa/Paolo

Adrian Jean

Adrian Jean

Iofur Raknison/Tony/Baruch

Beccy Sharp

Beccy Sharp

Jessie/Ghost Child

Kevin Williams

Kevin Williams

Lee Scoresby

Christopher Sparkes

Christopher Sparkes

Pantalaimon

Review/s of His Dark Materials:

Review 1: Material success

It is astonishing to think that 15 or even ten years ago, amateur theatre companies were performing whodunits, light comedy and a few musicals. Now - the best of them anyway - are doing all that the professionals are doing and sometimes doing it even better. Certainly a decade ago one could not have imagined anyone tackling something like Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - never mind pulling the…click here to read the whole review.

By Christopher Hansford, Bath Chronicle

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