His Dark Materials Parts 1 and 2

By based on the novels by Philip Pullman, adapted by Nicholas Wright

Synopsis:

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.

Following Next Stage Youth’s sell-out Autumn 2017 production of Goodnight Mister Tom this talented youth company now take on an even more ambitious project. The adult company was one of the first non-professional groups in the country to stage this epic story in 2007, performing both Parts 1 and 2 in Bath and at the world-renowned Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Eleven years on, Next Stage’s talented youth company of thirty 11-18 year olds is proud to stage the company’s fourth revival of these plays.

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.

This amateur production is presented by special arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

His Dark Materials Parts 1 and 2
This show was performed at The Mission Theatre, Bath in February 2018.

Review/s of His Dark Materials (Parts 1 & 2):

Review 1: a cinematic backdrop with magnificent masks, excellent lighting and costumes

Next Stage Youth presents His Dark Materials Parts 1 & 2 based on the novels by Philip Pullman, adapted by Nicholas Wright at The Mission Theatre 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 £12.50 (£10.50 concs) available from Next Stage Box Office 01225 428600 or Bath Box Office…click here to read the whole review.

By The Bath Chronicle, Philip Horton

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