Why the Whales Came

The Drum, Theatre Royal Plymouth

Book and Lyrics
Nikki Racklin
Bella Barlow
Simon Kane
Movement Director / Choreographer
Phyllida Crowley-Smith
Set and Costume Designer
Lu Herbert
Musical Director
Bella Barlow
Lighting Designer
Nathan Benjamin
Sound Designers
Thomas Evans & Nim Green

Produced by British Youth Music Theatre

Photos by Gemma Smith & Lu Herbert

”Directed by Simon Kane, Why the Whales Came is a poignant tale that highlights the importance of community, of people coming together in hard times and seeing the best in each other, no matter what. The audience, including young children and adults, was captivated by the storytelling and the music and it would be an awful shame if this was the last we see of this charming tale. […] This was a polished piece of theatre that is screaming out for a future”
”Perennial favourite Michael Morpurgo’s Why The Whales Came lends itself beautifully to a musical piece. […] The large company portrays the rough and tumble of schooldays where transport is a boat and water is in the soul, and island life where there is daily strife for survival and bullies around the corner. […] There are unicorns, spirits, warfare, derring-do and adventure as two children break the rules and unite a fractured village in an act of great compassion”