Last week I saw and reviewed for The Stage the National Theatre’s 2012 primary school project play Island by Nicky Singer. As I wrote in the review it’s a fine piece of theatre which manages to pack in a huge amount of challenging learning for over-eights. I saw it in a primary school’s hall but you can catch public performances in the Cottesloe from 15 to 25 February.
Since then I’ve had a chat with playwright, Nicky Singer. “I’d never written a play from scratch before” said Singer who is a well known children’s novelist. Her book Feather Boy won the 2002 Blue Peter award, was broadcast and won a BAFTA in 2004. A musical version was part of the NT Shell Connections (now simply “Connections”) programme.
Approached by Anthony Banks, Associate Director of National Theatre Learning she was initially flummoxed and asked for time to consider whether she could write a play.