THIS WAS THE WORLD AND I WAS KING
Written by Casey Jay Andrews & Nathan Foad
Composed by George Jennings
Concept by HookHitch Theatre
Directed by the ensemble
Directed by David Thackeray
Puppetry Design by Casey Jay Andrews
A family friendly World War I story featuring the enchanting poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson’s A Child’s Garden of Verses.
Rediscover the unbridled imagination of childhood in this transporting story of courage, kindness, and bravery, with rousing live folk music and hand carved puppets. With their father in peril on the Western Front, the Connor children turn to their imagination for a comforting distraction from reality. Their spell-binding make believe kingdom comes to life on-stage as they set sail on impossible adventures.
It is a heartening tale of the bitter-sweet remembrance of childhood. The play celebrates a generation of war-time children who had no option but to grow up quickly, and confront the demons beyond their world of innocence.
"ENCHANTING AT EVERY TURN...
A TRIUMPH OF ORIGINALITY"
ThreeWeeks 'Editor's Pick'
"SIMPLE YET STRIKING...
THE ACTING IS SUPERB"
"THIS IS A REMARKABLE
The Scotsman 'Hot Show'
"A REMARKABLE PIECE OF THEATRE, WONDERFULLY EVOCATIVE & BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED"
"AN ABSOLUTE TREAT;
SHEER EXUBERANT JOY
FROM START TO FINISH"
Fourth Wall Magazine
"AN EMBRACING EXPERIENCE... CAPTIVATING THE YOUNGEST
This was the World and I was King premiered at the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe Festival; it was shortlisted for multiple awards, won a commendation for design from the NSDF Awards, recieved an array of 5 and 4 star reviews and played to sell-out audiences for the duration of the festival. It took to the road for a UK tour in Autumn 2014, went to The Brockley Jack in February 2016 and The Arts Theatre West End in June 2016.