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Plays by Tony Graham

Eye of the Storm

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Produced by companies in Britain and Ireland, the play offers a contemporary version of Shakespeare's The Tempest, exploring father/daughter relationships and the need for independence. For 12 years and over.

The Golden Goose

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

A comedy for all the family that blends the Brothers Grimm folk tale with elements of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Once upon a time there was a boy called Dummling and everyone believed he was stupid just because of his name. He lived in a poor cottage in the woods with his mother and brother. One day he meets an old man in the woods and shares his humble supper with him. The man, is in fact the King of the fairies and a direct descendant of Oberon. He and his Queen, Titania need to get a worthy and humane king on the throne of the blighted land in which they live, a king who will save the forest in which the fairies live from destruction. The Fairy King gives Dummling good luck in the form of a magical golden goose. When he takes it home his mother and brother try to take it from him but once they touch the goose they find they cannot let go and what’s more they find that they cannot stop running. Run they must and run they do all the way to the palace where, as it chances, there resides the very mirror of their own family – but posh. The King Conrad has two daughters, Dajona who won’t laugh and Birgit who won’t stop. The King has sent out a proclamation that whoever makes his daughter laugh can have her hand in marriage, and thus be in line for the throne. When Dajona sees the Golden Goose and the people stuck to it, running for all they are worth she bursts out laughing. The King is thrilled until he discovers that the boy who made her laugh is called Dummling and is a peasant. He sends Dummling on two ridiculous quests but Dummling, with the help of the fairy kingdom succeeds in fulfilling both and thus – eventually becomes King thus completing a bloodless revolution and saving the Fairy Kingdom.

Playing from the Heart

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Commissioned by Polka Theatre and nominated for TMA's Best Children's Play award, this is a poetic yet gritty piece exploring the trials of the young Evelyn Glennie to become a percussionist despite her profound deafness. It provides an opportunity for movement, music and text to be combined in performance. For eight years and over.

Red Red Shoes

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

Commissioned by Unicorn Theatre for Children and The Place, this play is based on Hans Christian Andersen's well-known tale The Red Shoes. It uses dance, music and drama to explore the inner world of a traumatised child fleeing war in Eastern Europe, powerfully dramatising a life and death conflict. For nine years and over.

Sinbad - The Untold Tale

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

A spectacular play for everyone above the age of six which will entertain adults and children alike. This is a seasonal play with a difference – being set in medieval Baghdad there is no mention of Xmas. There is however plenty of traditional adventure, swordplay and intrigue. It was billed as ‘A lost adventure from the Arabian nights’.

The story begins in a busy Baghdad, a city full of life, colour and danger. Sinbad the porter, a young man who survives on his wits and not much else, is given a box to carry to the house of the famous Sinbad the sailor, who is now an old man. On arrival the porter meets Ittifaq, Sinbad’s quarrelsome daughter and their differences soon become apparent. Just as the porter is about to leave, the house is visited by the ancient Sorceress Jan Shah. Jan Shah places a deadly cloud over the city that threatens to kill all its inhabitants. The antidote is in a flower, in a cave deep beneath the sea and Jan Shah challenges the old sailor Sinbad to go one last adventure and save the city he loves. Sinbad the sailor knows he cannot do this and thus the task falls to the two youngsters. Their journey is daring and hazardous and involves a magic boat, a silent but deadly genie and, most dangerous of all, a confrontation with Jan Shah who wants nothing less than the blood of Ittifaq in order to become young again – and perhaps live forever.

The Tinderbox

Aurora Metro Books
Type: Text

A play with songs for all the family, suitable for both Christmas and all year round.

Jonas, a handsome young soldier, discovers treasure beyond his wildest dreams when he finds a tinderbox which gives him power beyond other mortals. The Tinderbox is an epic journey tale, from rags to riches, though war, political intrigue, the depths of despair to the heights of love and passion. It is a classic everyman tale inspired by the Hans Andersen story but not a copy of it. This version of the tale reflects Andersen’s own life as he searched for fame and fortune. Jonas’s adventures explore friendship, betrayal and the importance of ‘staying true’ to one’s values. Exciting and touching, the story includes a fantastical range of characters – a witch, a king, a beautiful opera singer and a dog with eyes as big as saucers.