Down on the Farm

THEIR GENERATION: Michael Morpugo's Farm Boy visits the Grand. Picture: Roger Day
THEIR GENERATION: Michael Morpugo's Farm Boy visits the Grand. Picture: Roger Day
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The gripping sequel to the award-winning War Horse is heading to Blackpool when Michael Morpurgo’s compelling Farm Boy is staged at the Grand Theatre on September 23 and 24 by New Perspectives Theatre Company.

Adapted and directed by Daniel Buckroyd the compelling sequel to the award-winning War Horse is a moving account of the changing face of the English countryside and a beautifully-crafted reminder that stories can reach out across the generations.

Following critically-acclaimed runs at the 2010 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the 2011 Brits Off Broadway Festival in New York, plus a hugely successful UK tour, this tale of the bonds linking grandfather to grandson and ultimately both to the land has once more been brought to life by New Perspectives Theatre Company.

It sometimes felt as though time had stood still on the family farm – swallows nesting in the eaves, the old Fordson Tractor quietly rusting in the back of the barn, Grandpa still tending his chickens – that is, until the summer his grandson finished school and came to stay, and the old man started telling stories of what it had been like on the farm when he was a boy.

New Perspectives is the East Midland’s leading touring theatre company. Recent successes include its production of The Hired Man which toured the UK during 2007/2008 before transferring to the Brits Off Broadway festival in New York during the summer of 2008.

Daniel Buckroyd’s directing credits include the critically-acclaimed Those Magnificent Men, (the story of Alcock and Brown) which toured the UK in 2010 and 2011 and also enjoyed a successful run at 2011 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

* Tickets from (01253) 743339 , www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk, or the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.