Q & A Session With Michelle Magorian At The Bridewell Theatre In London on December 18th

Tower_Theatre_Company_posterI’m happy to announce that I will be appearing at a Question and Answer session on the 18th December after the Tower Theatre Company’s production of Goodnight Mister Tom, The Musical. The Q & A session is FREE to those who have tickets for the Wednesday performance. To secure a ticket please make sure you book in advance!

The shows are at 7.30pm on Tuesday 17th  through to Saturday 21st December and there is a matinee at 3pm on Saturday 21st December.

<<< Click on the poster for more details and to book a ticket.

Break a leg’ to the cast and company and hope to see you there with a question on the 18th.

Living Together Again

Living Together Again

Cuckoo In the Nest and A Spoonful of Jam

 (Written at the request of members of Book Clubs.)

May 2013

Original Cover of Cuckoo In The Nest By Michelle Magorian Illustrated by Anthony Kerins

Original Jacket by Anthony Kerins

It was while I was carrying out research for my second novel Back Home that I became aware of the problems facing families who had to adjust to living together after having been separated during the Second World War.

(Penguin Customer Service Number for Back Home is 0870 607 7600) Back Home tells the story of a girl returning to England from America after five years. Like many shocked, disorientated and lonely sea-evacuees she is faced with bombed streets, rationing, having to live with relatives who are strangers and being expected to behave like an English girl.

After its publication a theatre director approached me and told me that evacuees in England also had difficulties living with their families again. He had been sent to Devon where he had lived for years with two elderly unmarried sisters. He had loved his time there and had planned to be a farmer.

His father, however, on returning from serving overseas, insisted that he come home and begin an apprenticeship. He was bitterly unhappy. What helped him cope was his evening work at two Variety theatres.

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Best Entertainment And Family Olivier Award For The Play Of Goodnight Mister Tom

Yesterday it was announced that the play of Goodnight Mister Tom has won the Olivier Award for Best Entertainment And Family!

“I’m absolutely delighted for the cast. They are an incredibly talented and lovely group of people and Oliver Ford Davies is stunning as Mister Tom, making people laugh one minute and well up with tears the next. After the West End run, when they were touring they were often doing two shows and sometimes three shows a day on top of having to find places to live.

By an extraordinary coincidence, the choreographer of the musical version of Goodnight Mister Tom, Bill Deamer, who saved the day on its opening night in Manchester in 1995 also won an award tonight for Best Choreographer (Top Hat).

The boy playing William had fallen ill and lost his voice. There was a packed house and it looked as though the performance would have to be cancelled.

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Play As Cast – Not Typecast

Michelle Magorian plays a "down and out" in Mayor Barbara by George Bernard Shaw

‘Play as cast’ were the words written on a long term acting contract with a repertory theatre company. I was not only fortunate enough to have been offered these contracts but my work was mostly in theatres that were three and a half weekly rep.

For six days a week these companies would have three weeks to rehearse a new play or musical followed by the technical and dress rehearsals, while giving six evening performances and two matinees of the preceding production. Each month we would be given the cast list for the following play/musical and would be expected to play whatever was thrown at us. Occasionally I was cast as more than one character in the same piece.

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Independent Bookshops

Photo by Dave Pearson

Photo by Dave Pearson

I recently came across an article Not In Chains, which was written by Doug McLean in the Spring 2006 edition of The Author.

In it he puts the arguments for supporting our independent bookshops beautifully, Read more >>>>

Guest Writer Ben Davis talks about playing William Beech for The North Devon Allstarz

Ben Davis who plays William BeechHi I’m Ben Davis and I have the honour of playing William Beech for North Devon All Starz at The Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple.

When I read the book I felt sad for William, his mum was mean to him and didn’t know how to look after him properly, he hadn’t ever celebrated his birthday and he had no friends until Zach, who died trying to find William. I imagine he always felt scared of what might happen next. Read more >>>>

Back Home To Be Serialised On BBC Radio 4 Extra

BBC Radio 4 extra serialises Michelle Magorian's Back Home

We have just heard that the excellent four-part radio serialisation of Back Home is to be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 extra starting this Sunday, 23rd June at 09:00 and 17:00. The broadcast stars Mary Wimbush.

For The Archers fans amongst you, Mary played Nigel’s formidable Mother, Julia Pargetter.

Click on the image above to listen.

(For those of you  who live outside the UK, you can still listen after the show is broadcast by downloading it from the iPlayer.)

(First broadcast: Sunday 08 May 2011)