Mrs Beech

GMTLibretto“When I wrote Goodnight Mister Tom I knew a lot more about William’s mother than I revealed in the book. I didn’t write more about her because it was Tom Oakley and Willie Beech’s story.

Some years after it was published, I was working on the musical with the composer Gary Carpenter and I felt that I needed to write the lyrics for two songs to show not only how disturbed and frightened she was but also to reveal her broken childhood and what led her to commit suicide.

Meanwhile, as the musical was being performed there was talk of a TV adaptation and I was introduced to the screenwriter Brian Finch. After it was given the go ahead I brought up the subject of Mrs Beech. I knew he would need to write scenes for her and I didn’t want her portrayed as evil even though her actions were abusive. And I told him about the songs. Read more >>>>

Farewell To Jack Gold

Jack Gold Director of Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle magorianIt was with great sadness that we heard of the death of the director Jack Gold at the age of 85.

He had a long and successful career directing films along with many hard-hitting documentaries including Death In The Morning about fox hunting presented by Alan Whicker, for which he was awarded the first of four BAFTA Awards.

In 1975 he directed the brilliant film A Naked Civil Servant starring John Hurt as the flamboyant Quentin Crisp, for which Jack was awarded the BAFTA Desmond Davis Award For Contribution To Television. Read more >>>>

New Reviews For The Novel Impossible!

Awfully Big Review of Michelle Magorian's Impossible

Pippa Goodhart reviews IMPOSSIBLE! on Saturday, 4 July 2015 for An Awfully Big Blog Adventure

 

“……This is a world of radiograms, Premium Bonds, sputnicks, cruetts, snobbishness about ITV, and more to puzzle modern children but evoke smiles of recognition in older readers.  Its a story about different theories of how to act on stage, making it a fascinating read for any, old or young, who are interested in drama. Read more >>>>