Friday 22 March – Sunday 7 April 2019

“They say that shoulder blades are where your wings were, when you were an angel…where your wings will grow again one day.”

Moving house has been hard for 12-year-old Michael, and now his baby sister is ill in hospital, it seems his whole world has been turned upside down.

Exploring the crumbling garage of his new home one afternoon, he makes an extraordinary discovery. A strange, decrepit creature, Skellig, is hidden amongst the dust, dead insects and junk.

Together with his new friend Mina, Michael decides to help Skellig. But can the mysterious Skellig help Michael in return?

Winner of the Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and Carnegie Medal, this modern classic has been adapted for the theatre by its author. Let your imagination take flight in this magical re-telling of David Almond’s hauntingly beautiful story.

“We are thrilled that children in Nottingham will be able to see Skellig on stage at Nottingham Playhouse. One of the key aims of our Read On Nottingham campaign is to support pupils’ literacy skills as they transition from primary to secondary school and maintain the number of children reading for pleasure. Many pupils in Nottingham study David Almond’s popular title in Year 7 – by seeing it brought to life on stage, we hope it will help them relate to the characters in the book, spark stimulating discussions about real-life challenges and inspire them to be confident, independent readers.”
Jonathan Douglas, National Literacy Trust

Age guidance 8+

Free schools post-show Q&A with David Almond: Wed 27 Mar
Join us straight after the show to hear from author of Skellig, David Almond. Your pupils will have the chance to ask David their own questions in this session that will last approximately 20 minutes.

Free post-show discussion: Tuesday 2 April, 1.30pm performance

(see show page for dates)

Schools tickets: School tickets are £12 each (subject to availability). One teacher goes free with every ten tickets purchased.
Book by calling the Box Office on 0115 941 9419. See dates and times on the Skellig show page

Practical workshops at your school:
This workshop will explore the characters and relationships in Skellig, developing a deeper understanding of the central theme of the value of friendship. An interactive and imaginative workshop where pupils will be up on their feet, immersed in the world of the play.

Half day workshop: £150 + VAT (for up to 30 students per workshop)

For more information or to book a workshop complete our Workshop Enquiry Form and send to or call the Participation team on 0115 947 4361.

This production is sponsored by