A classic adventure for children and families
by Joan Aiken, adptd. by Russ Tunney
In the mythical reign of King James III, the snows lie deep across England and wolf packs roam the land through the winter nights.
But in the great house at Willoughby Chase there are worse dangers than hungry wolves. Young cousins, Bonnie and Sylvia are alone at the mercy of evil governess, Miss Slighcarp and her cruel cronies. Soon they find themselves caught up in a dastardly plot. Can the children foil her evil schemes? Or will the cheese-loving Mrs Brisket get them into her clutches for ever?
Only their courage and the loyal friendship of Simon the Gooseboy can help them win through until summer returns once more.
Joan Aiken’s gothic adventure spiced with tongue-in-cheek humour is loved by generations of children.
Russ Tunney’s magical stage adaptation was first performed in 2010 by Forest Forge and the Nuffield Theatre, Southampton. We are delighted that Kirstie Davis, who directed the original production, will also direct our Minack revival, which includes folk song and original live music by Ben Sutcliffe.