GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM
John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate, York
Michelle Magorian’s wonderfully uplifting story Goodnight Mister Tom is brought gloriously to life in this magical stage adaptation by David Wood.
Set during the build-up to the Second World War, it tells the story of a young evacuee, William Beech, who is sent from London to live in the countryside with a reclusive widower, Tom Oakley.
Tom has never got over the death of his wife 40 years earlier – but he is touched by the misery of the little evacuee who arrives ill-nourished, covered in bruises and unable to read.
The two forge a remarkable and heart-warming friendship as William learns to read and make friends – until he's suddenly summoned back to London by his formidable mother.
Tom was played by Craig Kirby – "a tremendous lead", said the York Press. Craig's past roles with Pick Me Up include Judge Turpin in Sweeney Todd, Samuel Byck in Assassins and Mr Briggs in Our Day Out. William was played by Jack Hambleton and fellow evacuee Zach by Zac Stewart.
Elanor Dunn – who brought Betty the pig to life in Pick Me Up's production of the musical Betty Blue Eyes – returned to create one of the play's most important characters, Mister Tom's loyal sheepdog Sammy.
22-26 March 2017
From the novel by
Mister Tom Oakley