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Tobacco Factory Theatres
11th - 15th July

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AUTUMN TOUR 2017
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WHY THE WHALES CAME

BY MICHAEL MORPURGO
Adapted for the stage by Dani Parr and Danyah Miller
in association with Watford Palace Theatre

We are delighted to announce our next one-woman family show, created by the same team who brought you the acclaimed and much-loved production of ‘I Believe in Unicorns’.

THE STORY
Multi-award-winning performer and storyteller Danyah Miller vividly brings to life another enchanting tale by Michael Morpurgo.
‘Why The Whales Came’
is full of fun, mystery and adventure.
Children Gracie and Daniel have been forbidden to go near the mysterious and seemingly dangerous Birdman. But messages and clues intrigue them and, after being lost at sea in the fog and stranded on his tiny island, they begin to unravel the Birdman’s secrets, the villagers’ fears and superstitions and learn why the whales came to the island. 

A family show for everyone from 7 – 107 years old (not suitable for under 7’s)
Running Time: 60 minutes without an interval

‘It is a wonderful story brilliantly told that kept the audience entranced from start to finish.’
Kate Gould – London News – 5 Stars

‘Danyah Miller was born to tell stories.’
Please Mind the Blog – 4 Stars

‘Miller and the creative team really show just how creative storytelling can be.
Tal Fox – A Younger Theatre

‘This is a vivid, enchanting and beautiful gem of a production with a heartfelt message, delivered in an imaginative and thought-provoking way.’
Simone Green 

‘This show is brilliant’
Mumsnet Merton & Wimbledon

‘Danyah Miller is a storytelling phenomenon.’
Michael Morpurgo


CREATIVE TEAM
Performer: Danyah Miller

Director:  Dani Parr
Designer: Kate Bunce
Video Designer: Cate Blanchard
Movement Director: Jennifer Jackson

Sound Designer: Martin Thompson
Lighting Designer: Will Evans
Voice Coach: Gemma Boaden
Dramaturge: Morgan Lloyd Malcolm

Production Manager: David Ferrier
Stage Manager: Matt Llewellyn Smith

Marketing:  Boom Ents
Production Photography: Helen Murray
Education Pack: Kirsten Hutton & Emily Rollings
Trailer: Dean Stead

The show premiered at Watford Palace Theatre on Saturday 24th September. For tour dates and booking information see above.

If you are interested in booking the show please contact Samantha Lyden at Protours Theatre

FEEDBACK FROM OUR AUDIENCES SO FAR…….
‘The show was fantastic, powerful, imaginative. The messages of the importance of kindness, openness to others and the need to act humanely were loud and clear’

‘Absolutely magical! A wonderful story enacted beautifully. The stage looked amazing and it was fabulous how such a minimal set offered up some real surprises’

With special thanks to:
Michael and Clare Morpurgo
Celeste Cartmer-Edwards and William Henderson  – Video Gracie and Daniel
Public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Erica Martin and Royal & Derngate Actors’ Company for Voice Over work.
In particular:
Salli Belsham
Ryan Chambers
Greg Dallas
Mark Farey
Helen Gibb
Laura Green
Nathan Jones
Vicky Kelly
Lizzie Kroon
Adam Kozuch
Stewart Magrath
Alice McCracken
Erica Mynard
Tara Powerville
Zoe Smith
Kimberley Thornhill
Paul Thornhill
Liz Vokes
Jo Watts
Ben Webb
Steve While
Mark Yoxon

Downloadable Educational Pack


Educational Resource Pack For
'Why the Whales Came'

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Game of Battleships


Battleships Grid and Rules as played in
'Why the Whales Came'

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