The Society’s production of Goodnight Mr Tom ran from 15 to 18 March 2017. Much to our delight, it was a great success, with good houses across all shows. Saturday evening’s final performance even managed to sell out the Hebden Bridge Little Theatre!
Here’s a review of our show from NODA‘s roving show report team.
Originally scheduled for early 2016, this production was to be the first time the show’s licence was granted to an amateur operatic society. However, having been deferred after the Boxing Day floods of 2015, the rescheduled production in late 2016 encountered unexpected issues. Bringing this production to the stage has been a real labour of love for all of us involved and we were absolutely delighted to see it finally come to fruition.
Goodnight Mr Tom, adapted from Michelle Magorian’s award-winning novel, has been made into a play, a TV film and a musical. It’s the story of William Beech, a boy from the urban grime of Deptford, London who is evacuated at the start of World War II to a safe place in the countryside. There, he is placed under the care of the grumpy, reclusive “Mister Tom” Oakley. As the pair gradually come to understand one another – and what they’ve each been through – they begin to develop a mutual love and respect that will help them through the hard times that still lie ahead.
Composer & Additional Lyrics: Gary Carpenter
Libretto/Book: Michelle Magorian