National Theatre’s internationally acclaimed production of War Horse is currently enjoying a completely sold-out run of four weeks at Birmingham Hippodrome, on Friday 8 November author of the original novel Michael Morpurgo will host a special performance titled ‘Only Remembered’ at the theatre on the same weekend as the annual Remembrance Sunday events.
Michael will be reading excerpts from the novel telling the powerful and deeply-moving story of young Albert and his beloved horse Joey accompanied on stage by acclaimed musicians John Tams and Barry Coope who will bring the haunting songs specially composed for the production to life.
The story of War Horse is seen through the eyes of Joey the horse who witnesses the pity of war on both sides of the trenches as he moves from life on a farm in peaceful Devon to the devastation of the Western Front in the First World War.
Speaking about the event, Michael Morpurgo said, “’War Horse the book was inspired by a fireside chat in a Devon pub, over 30 years ago, with a veteran of the First World War. It has since been a National Theatre play, and a symphony concert piece, a radio play, and a Spielberg movie. But this concert version adapted by John Tams (the song-maker of the NT production, now four years into its London run) and sung by John Tams himself and Barry Coope, is the closest of all the adaptations to the original book, in which the voice of the storyteller is the voice of Joey, the horse on a Devon farm, sold away to the army to go to the front in 1914. And it’s the version in which, as the reader of the story on stage, I am most involved. Every time I read it, with John and Barry’s glorious music interwoven with the words, I feel as if I’m telling it for the first time, as if I was there, as the old soldier in the pub was all those years ago.”
Birmingham Hippodrome is proud to host this special event focusing on the events of WW1 and to bring Michael’s novel to life in his own words.
Michael Morpurgo OBE is mostly known for writing children’s fiction and was the third British Children’s Laureate between 2003-2005, he has written over 120 books during his career.
Only Remembered plays at Birmingham Hippodrome Fri 8 November 2013, 2pm. Tickets priced £15-£21, schools £10. Tickets can be purchased by calling 0844 338 5000 or by visiting www.birminghamhippodrome.com.