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The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

OPEN 06/05/2022 - 07/05/2022

Venue Name: The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness

Venue Postcode: LA141HH


Credits: By Joan Aiken; Adapted for the stage by Russ Tunney

Box Office phone number: 01229820000

Societies: Furness Youth Theatre

A thrilling adventure set in an alternative history of England, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase tells the story of two brave and determined girls as they fight against ferocious wolves, snowy wastelands and their very evil guardian, Miss Slighcarp. The opening of the Channel Tunnel has led to dangerous wolves roaming Britain, but this is not the only danger that cousins Bonnie and Sylvia, and their friend Simon the Goose-boy, must face as they encounter unforgettable characters and mysterious scheming.

Russ Tunney’s magical adaptation of Joan Aiken’s classic children’s novel The Wolves of Willoughby Chase was first performed at the Layard Theatre, Wimbourne, in 2010.

An amateur production by arrangement with Nick Hern Books.

Joan Aiken (1924–2004) was an English writer, specialising in thrillers and children’s alternative history novels. In 1999 she was awarded an MBE for her services to children’s literature.

Playwright Russ Tunney is a director and playwright who specialises in work for young people. He is the Associate Director of the Nuffield Theatre.

Director Chris Loveless trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. His productions have played in London’s West End, the regions, and New York, with several named critics’ choice by Time Out and the Evening Standard. Locally, Chris has directed many productions for Furness Youth Theatre and its predecessor ACT Youth Theatre.

Reviews of recent FYT productions:

‘a tremendous sense of fun and playfulness… a very ambitious undertaking… the energy and sense of fun conveyed by the cast is something to savour’
Graham Whalan for Sardines Magazine on Timecopter

‘Furness Youth Theatre has what it takes… outstanding actors… some potential big stars… The show is in the hugely capable hands of Chris Loveless’
Helen Wall for The Mail on The Railway Children & Railway Roundabout

‘a novel production with its own individual character and charm… theatrical magic… a sheer delight… this production surely proves that Furness Youth Theatre is firmly on the right track’
Graham Whalan for Sardines Magazine on The Railway Children & Railway Roundabout




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