Michael Morpurgo’s warfare masterpiece Friend Or Foe is being brought to life on Friday at Blackpool’s Grand Theatre especially for Remembrance Day.
Master storyteller Michael Morpurgo’s thrilling tale of extraordinary friendship is being staged by Scamp Theatre – the same company that brought his critically acclaimed Private Peaceful to the Grand in March.
Set at the height of the Second World War, two young boys, David and Tucky, prepare to be evacuated from London.
After settling into their new life in the countryside with Mr Reynolds and his wife Ann, they feel like the war is a long way away from their old lives in the city. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their newfound peace.
When a German bomber crashes, the boys feel they should hate the airmen inside. But then one of them saves David’s life.
Renowned author Michael Morpurgo (War Horse, Private Peaceful, Shadow) recently picked up his third Red House Children’s Book Award which is voted for solely by young readers from a shortlist drawn up by children’s book groups across Britain.
The award is recognised by authors, parents and librarians as a key indicator of which books are popular with children and Michael is the first author to win this coveted award three times.
The former Children’s Laureate was presented the 2011 prize for Shadow – the story of a boy from Afghanistan who is befriended by a dog when he is fleeing the horrors of war. Michael has previously won the award for Kensuke’s Kingdom and Private Peaceful.
Friend Or Foe is a modern day classic adored by children and grown ups alike.
Friend Or Foe is at Blackpool Grand Theatre on Remembrance Day, Friday November 11 at 2 and 7.30pm.
Adult tickets £12, children £8.
Group rates are available.
Book seats by calling the Grand Theatre box office on (01253) 290190, online at www.blackpoolgrand.co.uk or at the Grand Theatre information sales point in the Houndshill Shopping Centre.