‘Enchanting’ play gets pupils reading

Primary school children watched a play by best-selling children's author Michael Morpurgo at Christ's Hospital's theatre. SUS-180603-101424001
Primary school children watched a play by best-selling children's author Michael Morpurgo at Christ's Hospital's theatre. SUS-180603-101424001

Over 400 local primary school children visited Christ’s Hospital on Wednesday February 28 to see an enchanting tale from the author of ‘War Horse’, Michael Morpurgo.

The schools were offered free tickets for ‘I Believe in Unicorns’ brought to life on stage in the school’s theatre by Wizard productions.

The play is set in a library full of books that hold more than stories within their pages. It is a tale of the power of books, and the bravery of a young boy called Tomas.

Tomas hates reading and school, but his world is turned upside down the day he meets the unicorn lady in his local library. The audience was challenged not to believe in unicorns after joining Tomas’ spellbinding journey.

With World Book day celebrated on March 1, this hour-long play also inspired the children to think about the books they might like to read as they were all invited to bring a book with them and, at the end of the production, they were invited to take one away with them.

Commenting on this interpretation of his book, Michael Morpurgo said: “The show is moving and memorable, a glorious example of the magic of storytelling. I didn’t like it, I loved it!”