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WIZARD PRESENTS TOUR MICHAEL MORPURGO’S MUCH LOVED STORY Why The Whales Came

Olivier Award-nominated producers Wizard Presents, in association with Watford Palace Theatre, will tour the UK with their adaptation of Why The Whales Came by Michael Morpurgo in autumn 2016.

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This follows their critically acclaimed production of Morpurgo’s I Believe in Unicorns, which toured the UK throughout 2014/2015. Why The Whales Came stars multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller. It is full of fun, mystery and adventure and is suitable for everyone aged seven and over.

Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea, in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions, and learn why the whales came to the island.

Why The Whales Came is directed by Dani Parr and designed by Kate Bunce with sound design by Martin Thompson and lighting by Will Evans, the same creative team as I Believe in Unicorns together with video design by Cate Blanchard and movement direction by Jenni Jackson.

Wizard Presents’ hugely successful production of I Believe in Unicorns has enchanted audiences in excess of 50,000 on tour, at the Edinburgh Festival, and in the West End. It won an Argus Angel Award for Artistic Excellence at the Brighton Festival 2014 and a Family Arts Festival Audience Choice Award in 2015.

Michael Morpurgo said “Danyah Miller is a storytelling phenomenon. I shan’t miss Why The Whales Came. Don’t you miss it either. It will be a theatrical tour de force, that’s for sure.”

The show opens at Watford Palace Theatre on Saturday 24th September as part of a national tour and will be part of the Family Arts Festival throughout October.

The family production comes to Worthing’s Connaught Theatre on Saturday 1 October, tickets can be purchased by calling the Worthing Theatres box office on 01903 206 206 or by visiting worthingtheatres.co.uk.

Why The Whales Came is supported using public funding by Arts Council England.

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