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Heaven Eyes - Hoxton Hall

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

Heaven Eyes, presented by award-winning children’s author David Almond and acclaimed theatre company Pop-Up will visit Hoxton Hall on Tuesday, April 17 and Wednesday, April 18, 2007 at 5pm as part of a national tour.

Based on the Whitbread and Carnegie Prize-short-listed book of the same name, Heaven Eyes is the story of a group of runaways from a children’s home, who build a raft of old doors and escape downriver.

They are washed up on the Black Middens mudflats, where they come across an old man and a mysterious young girl with webbed fingers – Heaven Eyes. Who are they and how did they get there?

With original set design and costumes from an award-winning New Zealand team, and haunting music specially composed and recorded by the critically acclaimed Cellorhythmics, the play promises to take on a mysterious, ghostly atmosphere as audiences are transported into Heaven Eyes’ strange domain.

The production premiered at the Pleasance Theatre, Edinburgh as part of the 2005 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and received praise not only from family audiences but also from critics.

The book’s author David Almond, who lost his father when young, says,

“In this story, the main characters have lost just about everything: their parents, their families, in some cases even their proper names. But they refuse to accept the label of being ‘damaged children’. They are courageously determined to move forward, to leave sadness behind, and to be happy and free.’

Tickets: Adults – £4, Under 16s – £2.

Suitable for children over 8 years old.

For more information call the box office on 020 7684 0060 or visit the website.

The tour (from March 26 to May 19, 2007) will also visit London’s Polka Theatre, Plymouth Theatre Royal, The Lighthouse in Poole,
Bath Theatre Royal, Birmingham’s mac and The Point in Eastleigh.