Space story transformed into theatre show

A scene from Man on the Moon, as Bob takes care of the moon.
A scene from Man on the Moon, as Bob takes care of the moon.
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Bob is taking a break from caretaking the moon to bring his tales of space back down to earth.

North East author Simon Bartram’s award-winning story, Man on the Moon, has been transformed into a theatre show, thanks to children who have helped creators come up with ideas.

Produced by New Writing North, in association with The Sage Gateshead for Durham Book Festival, the performances will feature original music and will tour libraries, community centres and primary schools.

The story follows a day in the life of Bob, an ordinary man who happens to have the most extraordinary job of caretaker and tour guide on the moon, who doesn’t believe in aliens.

Director Ruth Johnson, writer Zoe Cooper and performer Claire Tustin have been working with families to share their ideas about how to transfer the story from picture book to stage.

Youngsters have also written up their own list of rules for the Bob Fan Club, with others being encouraged to join up by posting their own photographs and videos to the tour’s Facebook page.

To encourage children to take part, they are offering five signed copies of the book to the most convincing Bobs.

Audiences will be able to discover what happens for themselves when the show, led by a three-strong cast, visits Seaham and Peterlee, the Robin Todd Centre in South Hetton and the Jubilee Hall in West Rainton.

Simon, who is a Sunderland fan, frequently features red and white stripes in his work, with another of his books, Up for the Cup, inspired by the club.

More details can be found at www.manonthemoontour.com