Things take a dramatic turn however when, on a fateful evening at seven minutes past midnight, Conor's deepest fears and darkest nightmares come to life. An almighty monster taps at the window. The creature is ancient, wild and wise. Most importantly it wants Conor to confront the truth.
The theme of loss is poignantly echoed in the real story behind the creation of the original novel. It was first conceived by Siohhan Dowd, but its completion was tragically halted by her premature death from cancer. Patrick Ness then took the bare bones of the narrative and created a tender, mischievous and deeply affecting portrait of fear, bravery and recovery.
The 200 pages of prose and illustrations are utterly engrossing. We read the book in mere hours, but spent far longer reeling from the story.
The film version, though moving, sadly didn't quite have the potency of the novel; but with Cookson's sterling track record for transforming narratives to live theatre, we have high hopes for A Monster Calls on Stage. The show comes to London's Old Vic Theatre in July 2018, after a world premiere at the Bristol Old Vic.
General booking for A Monster Calls at The Old Vic Theatre opens on Wednesday 15 November 2017.
Recommended for ages 10+
|What||A Monster Calls, Old Vic Theatre|
|Where||The Old Vic, The Cut, London, SE1 8NB | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
07 Jul 18 – 25 Aug 18, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
|Price||£12.50 - £50|
|Website||Click here to book via the Old Vic|