The Bone Sparrow (2022)
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.
One night in the form of Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl who appears from the other side 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 mysterious and moving history.
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
The Bone Sparrow is a co-production with York Theatre Royal, Derby Theatre, Belgrade Theatre, Coventry, and Mercury Theatre Colchester.
The production has been developed in collaboration with our partners Australian Theatre for Young People (ATYP), Sydney, and SBC Theatre, Bradford.
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GCSE Drama Resource Pack A PDF:
This resource pack is tailored for Drama educators and GCSE Drama students who may be watching The Bone Sparrow in preparation for the live theatre section of the GCSE Drama written exam. This is Part A and is designed to be used before watching the production.
GCSE Drama Resource Pack b:
Part B is designed to be used after watching the production, to provide specific key details on moments from the live production that students may want to explore.
KS3 English Resource Pack:
This resource pack is aimed at educators who are teaching The Bone
Sparrow novel by Zana Fraillon within KS3 English and PSHE curricula.
Tour Dates & Venues
York Theatre Royal
25 February – 5 March 2022
Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Belgrade Theatre, Coventry
Mercury Theatre, Colchester
29 March – 2 April
7th April – 23rd April
Designed by Miriam Nabarro
Composition and Sound Design by Arun Ghosh
Lighting Design by Ben Cowens
Video Design by Daniel Denton
Assistant Direction by Sirazul Islam (through the Regional Theatre Young Director Scheme)
Puppetry Direction by Alison Duddle