A Monster Calls

monster calls
Performance Dates
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Global Creatures, Jonathan Church Productions and Chichester Festival Theatre present The Old Vic production in association with Bristol Old Vic

Based on the novel by PATRICK NESS, Inspired by an idea by SIOBHAN DOWD, Adapted by SALLY COOKSON and ADAM PECK, Devised by the ORIGINAL COMPANY

“Stories are wild creatures,” the monster said. “When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?”

Patrick Ness’s piercing novel A Monster Calls is brought to the stage in a powerful new adaptation by visionary director Sally Cookson. Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye. Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

On publication, A Monster Calls became a bestseller with children and adults alike with its dazzling insight into love, loss, and healing. It garnered huge critical acclaim, including an unprecedented win of the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for outstanding children’s literature and illustration in the same year.

Recommended for age 10 and up.

Production Information

Show Type
Drama
Approximate Running Time
150 minutes

Cast

Performer
Role
Mum/Ensemble
Harry/Ensemble
Anton/Ensemble
Lily/Ensemble
Dad/Ensemble
Ms. Godfrey/Ensemble
Sully/Ensemble
Monster/Ensemble

Creative Team

Set Designer
Costume Designer
Sound Designer
Lighting Designer
Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager