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Cast announced for A Monster Calls

By Kirsty Brown

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THE full cast has been announced for the UK tour of A Monster Calls, which is coming to Aberdeen’s His Majesty’s Theatre in March 2020.

Amongst those taking to the stage will be Greg Bernstein (Harry), Kaye Brown (Grandma), Ammar Duffus (Conor), Keith Gilmore (Monster), Jade Hackett (Sully), Cora Kirk (Lily), Kel Matsena (Anton), Maria Omakinwa (Mum), Sarah Quist (Miss Godfrey), Paul Sockett (Mr Marl), Ewan Wardrop (Dad), Rafaella Covino and Sam Wood.

The piercing novel of Patrick Ness is brought vividly to life in the Olivier Award-winning production by visionary director Sally Cookson.

Teenager Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved away, but now his mum is sick and not getting any better.

His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye.

Then, one night, Conor is woken by something at his window...a monster has come walking.

It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before, and when it’s finished Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

From the critically acclaimed bestseller, A Monster Calls offers a dazzling insight into love, life and healing.

The book has sold over a million copies and garnered huge critical acclaim, including an unprecedented double win of the Carnegie and Greenaway Medals for outstanding children’s literature and illustration.

A Monster Calls was winner of the 2019 Best Entertainment and Family Olivier Award.

The UK tour of A Monster Calls will be providing an extensive outreach and engagement programme across the tour.

This will include discussions, workshops, an education pack and participatory activities and events for local community groups and audiences addressing the widespread themes within the production.

A Monster Calls will be working with Kooth, a free and anonymous online counselling and emotional wellbeing support service for children and young people available in many areas throughout the country.

Accessible performances include BSL, audio described, captioned performances and touch tours will also be available across the tour.

This adaptation of the novel is suitable for ages 10 and above.

Tickets cost £35.50 - £23.50, and are on sale now from www.aberdeenperformingarts.com, phone 01224 641 122 or visit the box office at His Majesty’s Theatre, Music Hall or the Lemon Tree.

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