Zog is so eager to win a golden star at Madam Dragon’s school, where young dragons learn all the things they need to know. Zog tries perhaps too hard, and he bumps, burns and roars his way through years one, two and three. His friend the plucky Princess Pearl patches him up ready to face his biggest challenge yet… a duel with the knight, Sir Gadabout the Great!
Adapted and directed by Mike Shepherd (Kneehigh) and with a sumptuous folk score from Johnny Flynn (award-winning actor and singer-songwriter) played onstage by live musicians, Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog comes to life in a real and fantastical world.
Getting to light for Mike Shepherd and to see his process for making new work close at hand was a real highlight for me. And the rest of the team equally strong: Johnny Flynn brought a totally original style of music for children’s theatre, so many years of experience in puppet-making and puppeteering from Lyndie Wright and her daughter Sarah, and finally Katie Sykes designing, whose work I’ve admired on Hetty Feather and La Strada.
Photographs by Helen Maybanks / helenmaybanks.com