Emma Rice’s adaptation and production will tour across the UK from the 18th July.

Co-produced by York Theatre Royal in association with Bristol Old Vic, theatre company Wise Children will present a new stage adaptation of Enid Blyton’s Malory Towers, touring the UK from the 18th July until the 5th October.

Adapted and directed by Emma Rice the production will open at The Passenger Shed in the company’s home city of Bristol, before embarking on a tour to venues across the UK including Cambridge, York, Exeter, Manchester and Oxford.

Darrell Rivers is starting school with an eager mind and fierce heart. Unfortunately she also has a quick temper! Can she learn to tolerate the infuriating Gwendoline Lacey, or value the kind hearted Sally Hope? Can she save the school play and rescue terrified Mary Lou from the grip of a raging storm? If she can do these things anywhere, she will do them at Malory Towers!

Talking about the production, Emma Rice said: “I’ve always been drawn to the years that followed the Second World War. It’s a time that feels close enough to touch, as I vividly remember my grandparents and how the war affected their lives. My Mum’s parents – poor and largely uneducated – decided that their children would have access to all the things that they hadn’t. I don’t know how they managed it on a railway worker’s pay, but my mother was sent to a remote grammar school in Dorset: Lord Digby’s School for Girls. My adaptation of Malory Towers is dedicated to the generation of women who taught in schools in that period. With lives shaped by the savagery of two wars, these teachers devoted themselves to the education and nurture of other women. It is also for the two generations of men that died in those same wars, leaving us with the freedom to lead meaningful, safe and empowered lives. And it is for Clement Attlee and his Labour government of 1945 who looked into the face of evil and chose to do what was right. These people changed the political landscape in their focus on care, compassion and the common good.”

Malory Towers will tour across the UK from the 18th July until the 5th October.

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