The Bone Sparrow

Original Novel by Zana Fraillon
Adapted by award winning playwright S. Shakthidharan

"a heartrending tale about how our stories make us" The Times

Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland, life behind the fences is all he has ever known. But as he grows, his imagination gets bigger too, until it is bursting at the limits of his world. The Night Sea brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories.

The most vivid story of all, however, is the one that arrives one night inthe form of Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl who appears from the otherside of the wires, and brings a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel her own family's lovesongs and tragedies.

Subhi and Jimmie might both find a way to freedom, as their tales unfold. But not until each of them has been braver than ever before.

"With an affecting and distinctive narrative voice ... [Zana Fraillon] builds a convincing and complete world. Moving and memorable, The Bone Sparrow deserves to be read by all who care about our common humanity" The Guardian

Tour Dates


The Bone Sparrow will be touring in Spring 2022. More venues and dates to be announced.


York Theatre Royal

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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

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Belgrade Theatre, Coventry

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Derby Theatre

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Mercury Theatre, Colchester

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