The Birmingham Stage Company (BSC) will present a special charity performance of its production of David Almond’s award-winning “Skellig” in aid of Animals Asia Foundation.
The Birmingham Stage Company (BSC) will present a special charity performance of its production of David Almond’s award-winning “Skellig” in aid of Animals Asia Foundation and its work to end bear bile farming in China and Vietnam.
Published in 1998, David Almond’s book became an instant classic, snatching the Whitbread Children’s Book Award from Harry Potter and winning the prestigious Carnegie Medal. BSC first presented their stage production to great acclaim and full houses in both Birmingham and London last year. This success has led to the show being revived for a new 10-week autumn tour and a Christmas season at the Bloomsbury – the company’s fifth successive Christmas show at this venue.
Skellig tells the story of ten-year-old Michael, who had been looking forward to moving into a new house. But now his baby sister is ill and his parents are frantic. Then Michael wanders into the crumbling garage and sees something lying beneath the spider webs and flies – is it a man or an animal? Michael confides in his new friend Mina and together they carry the creature, Skellig, into the light, changing their world forever.
The gala production will be attended by Jill Robinson MBE, founder of Animals Asia, Virginia McKenna OBE and TV presenter Paul Martin (BBC’s Flog It! and Trust Me, I’m a Dealer). David Almond’s magical stage version of his own book is suitable for all ages 7+ and will provide a dazzling Christmas treat for all the family while helping Asia’s tortured bears.
Tickets are available for £20 from UCL Bloomsbury Theatre box office on 0207 388 8822 or online at www.thebloomsbury.com/skelligmoonbeargala. Concessions are available.
Throughout Asia, many animals are exploited, abused and neglected. Animals Asia Foundation, founded by Jill Robinson MBE in 1998, is dedicated to ending cruelty and restoring respect for animals across the region by working with governments, local authorities and communities to find long-term solutions to animal welfare issues.
Animals Asia’s flagship project, the Moon Bear Rescue, involves the ongoing rescue of 500 suffering and endangered bears from torturous bile farms in China and 200 in Vietnam. These tragic victims of the bile trade are brought to the charity’s sanctuaries in those two countries to live a life without pain and fear while Animals Asia continues government negotiations to bring a permanent end to bear bile farming. Many UK vets and vet nurses have been involved with the charity working or volunteering at the two sanctuaries.
Animals Asia also runs a number of other innovative projects to change hearts and minds of local people towards companion animals. For more information about Animals Asia, visit www.animalsasia.org