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Swallows and Amazons the Musical Comes to Norwich

by Nancy Blackett

You can grab a chance to see Helen Edmundson’s theatrical adapation of “Swallows and Amazons” in Norwich from mid-August. The Norwich Players are putting on a production of “Swallows and Amazons” at Norwich’s Maddermarket Theatre from 18th August to 2nd September, with a “Swallows and Amazons”-themed Open Day in advance on 5th August. Arthur Ransome’s […]

Ransome shanties in concert

by Nancy Blackett

Take the works of Arthur Ransome for inspiration, add over 200 children from eight local schools, a poet, a composer and the City of London Sinfonia and you have the “Shanties on the Shore” creative project – the results of which can be seen and heard in two concerts on Thursday 22nd June at Woolverstone […]

The Homing Stone Comes to Exeter in December

by Nancy Blackett

It is autumn 1919. Moscow is surrounded by counter-revolutionaries. Arthur Ransome is known to be a Bolshevik sympathiser. He’s fallen in love with Trotsky’s secretary. They both know they’ll be lynched or shot if Moscow falls. Somehow they must escape. On Ransome’s desk is a stone from Peel Island on Coniston Water. Is it a […]

‘We Didn’t Mean…’ sets sail again

by Nancy Blackett

Peter Willis reviews Eastern Angles’ new production of the stage version of the Ransome classic. You enter via a proper checkpoint, then drive for ages across a seemingly disused, but actually repurposed airfield (a film studio here, an onion grading depot there) until you come to a huge hangar-like building. This is the Hush House, […]

Nancy Blackett Returns to the Stage This Summer

by Nancy Blackett

The popular theatrical adaptation of Arthur Ransome’s “We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea” returns to the stage this summer.  The critically acclaimed play is produced by the Ipswich-based touring theatre company Eastern Angles, and first premiered in Ipswich in July 2008. Adapted by Nick Wood, it translates well to the stage and brings out the underlying humour of Ransome’s […]

Ransome 130: Events Happening Around the World

by Nancy Blackett

Apart from the events in the United Kingdom to mark the 130th Anniversary of Arthur Ransome's birth on Saturday, other parts of the world have not been left out. In Melbourne, Australia, members of the Arthur Ransome Society will be celebrating Arthur Ransome's birthday after their AGM, while New Zealand members marked the occasion in […]

Ransome 130: Events Happening in the United Kingdom

by Nancy Blackett

This Saturday sees the 130th Anniversary of Arthur Ransome's birth. Best known for writing the "Swallows and Amazons" series of children's books, he won the inaugural Carnegie medal in 1936 and was made a CBE in 1953. Born in Leeds on 18th January 1884, and an alumnus of Rugby, Ransome was also a foreign correspondent […]

Swallows and Amazons in Chichester

by Nancy Blackett

Today is the final day for Swallows and Amazons on stage in Chichester, before the musical embarks for Scotland, where it is resumes the second stage of its national tour at the end of the month in Edinburgh. With the final two performances having long been sold out, we were there on Thursday. The touring […]

Swallow and Amazons Sets Sail for the West End

by Nancy Blackett

“Swallows and Amazons” the musical will be appearing at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, over the Christmas period. Announced today in the Stage and the theatre press, tickets went on sale for the reprise of the Bristol Old Vic production that premièred to rave reviews last December. Adapted by Helen Edmundson from the novel by Arthur […]