Northern Stage in Newcastle will play host to the historical modern day adaptation of ‘A Song for Ella Grey’ this month.
Award-winning Tyneside-born author, David Almond, has brought this history-steeped production to life based on his 2014 novel.
Working with Northern Stage director, Lorne Campbell, Almond has managed to incorporate the legend of Orpheus voyaging to the underworld to bring his wife, Eurydice, back from death in a modern day piece of outstanding theatre production.
Ella and Claire, the narrator of this piece, have been best friends for many years throughout school. To celebrate school coming to an end, the best friends look forward to a wild Easter camping trip with friends, but Ella’s over-protective, adoptive parents stop her from going.
Claire attends the camping trip without Ella. But when Orpheus – a talented and good looking young boy arrives, Claire realises her friend must hear him sing. From the moment Ella hears Orpheus sing during that phone call, they fall in love. The pair head back to the beach a short time later to get married; however, poisonous adders lay in wait.
Almond has won several accolades for his novels produced for children and young adults since 1998, and it’s easy to understand why.
The North East novelist has won various awards including the Hans Christian Anderson Award, the Whitbread Book Award, Newbery Medal and The Guardian’s Children’s Fiction Prize.
Almond was destined for great success with his first novel ‘Skellig’ (1998), winning the 70th Anniversary of the British Carnegie Medal and it was named in the top ten of medal winning works.
‘A Song for Ella Grey’ will premiere in Newcastle at Northern Stage from 5th – 16th September. Tickets, priced from £10.00, are available from northernstage.co.uk.