Children’s book is now an explosive musical adventure on stage in UK tour

Coming to the UK this Spring, is an outstanding musical journey for children, based on the story The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, by the award winning author, Philip Pullman. This spectacular show for families will be premièring for the very first time in Hull followed closely by London, Buxton, Huddersfield, Newcastle, Oxford, and Bury St. Edmunds.

Pullman’s mystical fairytale, which is recommended for children ages 8 and older, follows the life of a young girl named Lila who wants to someday become a firework-maker just like her father, named Lalchand. When her father refuses to teach her how, Lila runs away from her home only to come upon the three gifts that fire-making requires all by herself.

With the help of her friends, Chulak and Hamlet, the love-sick elephant, Lila faces pirates, tigers and the terrifying Fire-Fiend on her perilous quest to find out what the three gifts really mean.

Directed by John Fulljames, The Firework-Maker’s Daughter is performed by a cast of five singers, alongside two puppeteers from Indefinite Articles. Set in the Far East, a vibrant mixture of puppetry and live projection creates magical effects inspired by Indonesia’s shadow puppetry tradition.

Composer David Bruce’s fun and lyrical musical score draws inspiration from folk and classical traditions from around the globe, performed live by an orchestra of nine musicians. The cast of top opera singers includes Mary Bevan as the brave and headstrong heroine, Lila, and James Laing as Hamlet, the lovesick elephant.

Families will have the chance to take part in workshops prior to many of the performances which have been designed to increase their appreciation and enjoyment of the music and songs.

There will also be a microsite ( which will launch at the beginning of March featuring a downloadable children’s resource pack to support the show.

John Fulljames, director, comments:

“It’s so exciting that all the pieces of The Firework-Maker’s Daughter are coming together – the music, the story, the shadow puppets, the colourful design of the show – all of these elements combine on stage to create a fantastic new musical adventure for children.  One of the best things about creating a show for children is that young people often come in to the theatre with very open minds. In a way, this inspires us to create a show that is very fresh and vibrant, that will be funny and dramatic and adventurous. And we have a fantastic story to tell, based on Philip Pullman’s wonderful book, with a feisty young heroine, Lila, at the centre!”
Hull Truck Theatre

Sat               23 March 2013                            7.00pm                   World première

Mon              25 March 2013                            1.00pm

Mon              25 March 2013                            7.00pm

Tues             26 March 2013                            1.00pm

Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield

Sat               30 March 2013                            2.15pm

Sat               30 March 2013                            7.30pm

Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, London

Wed             3 April 2013                       7.00pm

Thur             4 April 2013                       2.00pm

Sat               6 April 2013                       2.00pm

Sat               6 April 2013                       7.00pm

Tues             9 April 2013                       6.00pm

Wed             10 April 2013                     2.00pm

Wed             10 April 2013                     7.00pm

Fri                12 April 2013                     6.00pm

Sat               13 April 2013                     12.30pm

Sat               13 April 2013                     5.00pm

New Victory Theater, New York

Thur 2 May – Sun 12 May 2013                (12 performances)

Watford Palace Theatre

Fri                17 May 2013                     7.30pm

Sat               18 May 2013                     2.30pm

Sat               18 May 2013                     7.30pm

Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Tues             21 May 2013                     7.30pm

Wed             22 May 2013                     2.30pm

Wed             22 May 2013                     7.30pm

Buxton Opera House

Fri                24 May 2013                     7.30pm

Sat               25 May 2013                     2.30pm

Sat               25 May 2013                     7.30pm

Oxford Playhouse

Tues             28 May 2013                     7.30pm

Wed             29 May 2013                     2.30pm

Wed             29 May 2013                     7.30pm

Northern Stage, Newcastle

Fri                31 May 2013                     7.00pm

Sat               1 June 2013                      2.00pm

Sat               1 June 2013                      7.00pm