Maggie is a young girl, whose world is coloured by a beautiful playground of music; every significant person, place and object in her life has a melody. Maggie’s best friend is her Granddad and together they have amazing adventures and take fantastic journeys, all set to Maggie’s beautiful music. When her Granddad dies suddenly, Maggie’s music disappears and she must learn to adapt to a different kind of world. Exploring the journey of grief through the eyes of a child, we see that whilst there is sadness, there is also hope as Maggie learns to find her music again. This performance is suitable for children aged 6 + and their families and schools from Year 2 – Year 8.
Maggie and the Song of the Sea offers young audiences and their families a chance to explore the issues of grief and loss through the eyes of a very special little girl.
Combining a visually captivating story and an original score of live and recorded music, this work has been developed, with the support of Winston’s Wish; the childhood bereavement charity, to bring this most important and universal of subjects to young audiences. The performance charts Maggie’s story and her journey through grief, on towards acceptance, understanding and hope.
To find out more about the brilliant and vital work of Winston’s Wish, please click here: https://www.winstonswish.org
Praise for Maggie and the Song of the Sea
Under Alyx Tole’s direction…Catherine Manford’s composition and Mark Fox’s sensitive but atmospheric lighting design provide a perfect multisensory environment to tackle this difficult subject. Writer Sarah Birch has penned this story with a truth and honesty which is truly beautiful, offering a realistic insight of a child’s journey through grief
Kirsty Scott, Upstaged Manchester September 2015 ****
The moving and beautiful Maggie and the Song of the Sea offers the chance for children to learn about death in a non-threatening environment. Children learn best about difficult things through stories, and Maggie is a realistic portrayal of a child’s journey through grief. This piece of theatre works on so many levels to communicate about love and loss, resilience and coping.
Rebekah Lawson, North West Family Services, Winston’s Wish; the charity for bereaved children. www.winstonswish.org.uk
The children and staff…are absolutely buzzing…the staff have informed me Maggie and the Song of the Sea is one of the best performances they’ve ever seen, and the sensitive themes contained within the show were dealt with brilliantly.
Greg Oates, Headteacher, Beever Primary School, Oldham