“Told with passion and sincerity…Unafraid to face reality, Simon Reade’s fascinating adaptation is played out with honesty and vigour.” —The Stage
“It’s a beautiful story, perfectly realised and performed with passion and vigour.” —British Theatre Guide
Three war plays by Michael Morpurgo, author of War Horse, dramatized by Simon Reade.
Private Peaceful relives the short life of Tommo growing up in rural Devon before fighting the battles and facing the injustices of the First World War. In Toro! Toro! young Antonito liberates his favorite bull from the ritualized killing of the bullfight as he tries to escape the Spanish Civil War. In The Mozart Question Paolo Levi discovers the astonishing truth about his parents’ flight to Venice from the gas chambers of the Second World War.
Each play is accompanied by an introduction from Michael Morpurgo.
Simon Reade is a dramatist, director and producer. He has been Artistic Director of Bristol Old Vic and Literary Manager of the Royal Shakespeare Company and at London’s Gate Theatre.
Michael Morpurgo OBE, is an English author, poet, playwright and librettist, best known for his work in children’s literature. He was the third Children’s Laureate. He has written over 120 books, and has been published in over 25 languages. His children’s novel War Horse has been adapted for stage where it became a smash-hit success in the UK, before transferring to Broadway and Toronto. War Horse has also been adapted for screen, directed by Steven Spielberg and released in 2012.