Full-Length Play, Drama  /  4w, 6m

David Almond

David Almond’s own adaptation of his renowned novel about a boy encountering a mysterious creature in a garage of his new home.

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4w, 6m
  • SubGenre
    Adaptations (Literature)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences


Man, bird or angel? Who, or what, is Skellig?

Michael was looking forward to moving house. It was all going to be wonderful. But now his baby sister’s ill, his parents are frantic, and Doctor Death has come to call. Michael feels helpless. Then he steps into the crumbling garage. What is this thing beneath the spider webs and dead flies? A human being, or a strange kind of beast never seen before? The only person Michael can confide in is Mina. Together they carry the creature into the light, and Michael’s world changes for ever.

David Almond’s own adaptation of his renowned novel, winner of The Carnegie Medal, The Whitbread Children’s Book Award, and a string of prizes around the world. A timeless classic, published in over 40 languages, it touches the minds, hearts and souls of people of all ages. The story has become a movie, an opera, a radio play and this stage play, first produced at the Young Vic, and directed by Trevor Nunn.

These characters could be performed by adults or children.


"Captures a spirit of adventure and magical realism" - The Times

"A beautiful heart-warming story in an intimate setting..." - The Reviews Hub

"This darkly supernatural tale, guiding the audience along a journey which boldly discusses mortality through the lens of magic realism, provoking discussions and placing lumps in throats." - LeftLion


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