‘Skellig’ plays at the Criterion Theatre

Published Friday, 21 April 2017

For secondary schools and for the teachers of years 5 and 6 in primary schools.


‘SKELLIG’ by David Almond

Saturday 6th May to Saturday 13th May 2017, 7.30pm.

At the Criterion Theatre in Berkeley Road South, Earlsdon.

Adapted from the award winning novel by David Almond this is a play that is as moving for adults as it is entertaining for children.

This modern children’s classic fairytale will grip the audience through a special fascination in a plot that combines a movingly realistic portrayal of family life with elements of the supernatural.  It celebrates the redemptive power of love and the imagination, strange and beautiful friendships and the natural world.

When a move to a new dilapidated house coincides with his baby sister’s illness, ten-year-old Michael’s world seems suddenly lonely and uncertain.  Distracted and distressed, Michael’s parents leave him to explore his new home alone.  In a dark corner of the battered old garage, Michael discovers a ‘strange creature’ who needs his help to survive.  With his new friend Mina, Michael nourishes Skellig back to health, whilst his baby sister languishes in the hospital.  

But Skellig is far more than he first appears, and through this magical encounter Michael’s world changes forever and the tantalising mystery of Skellig’s true nature is revealed.  

Skellig won the Carnegie Medal and the Whitbread Children’s Book Award. This is a Key Stage 2 book and we would recommend that this production is suitable for children aged 10 and above, or younger at the parent’s discretion.

Tickets now available online at www.criteriontheatre.co.uk.  Or you can book in person at the Box Office which is open every Wednesday from 8.00pm to 9.00pm and each play night from 6.30pm to 9.00pm.


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