“We are always amazed at the magic and power of puppets”

Skewbald Theatre kick off our half term entertainment on Monday 18 February with their beautiful adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Mimi and the Mountain Dragon. You can find out everything you need to know about the show by reading our Q&A with the company.

What can we expect from Mimi and the Mountain Dragon?

You can expect adventure, snow and a couple of dragons! This is a show with original music, songs and beautiful puppets.

Why did you choose to adapt Michael Morpurgo and Helen Stephens’ book?

We chose to adapt this book as we loved the characters, particularly Mimi, Baby Dragon and the friendship that develops. Michael creates such vivid characters, landscapes and stories. We also wanted to find a book that would appeal to a wide range of ages, so that we could create a theatre show that the whole family could attend and enjoy together. The illustrations by Helen are beautiful and they were the inspiration for our puppets and set.

Have Michael Morpurgo and Helen Stephens seen the show? 

They are both very supportive and we keep them up to date with our progress; Michael is coming along to a venue later on in the tour. Helen and Michael are very proud that we are sharing Mimi and Baby Dragon’s story and introducing new young audiences to theatre and hopefully getting them excited about reading the book as well.

Who do you think the show will appeal to?

The show is for everyone: it has been designed for a 3-8 year old, but we believe that the show should be able to entertain the whole family, to make it a fun shared experience for all.

How difficult is it to convey expression and emotion through the puppets?

We are always amazed at the magic and power of puppets. Everyone sat in their seats believes in Mimi and all of the puppets. We have very talented puppeteers and we all work together to make sure the puppetry conveys the story but also the emotions of the characters.

What’s the best feedback you’ve ever received?

After each show we do a meet and greet with some of the puppets and the children always talk to the puppets and not the actors. To us that is brilliant: we know that we have done our job and the children believe in them and their story.

Click here to join in the magic this half term, with Michael Morpurgo’s Mimi and the Mountain Dragon. 

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