A visually impaired creative consultant works with Watermill on the Tale of Morpurgo

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Watermill rehearsals are going well for Michael Morpurgo’s The Sleeping Sword, adapted by Tatty Hennessy and directed by Lucy Jane Atkinson, which opens at the Bagnor Theater next Thursday and runs until November 5.

“I’m neither a king nor a wizard…but I have a story to tell”…Here is Ben Bundle.

He enjoys fishing and snorkeling, jumping off rocks, and exploring the magical island of Bryher with his friends.

Watermill Rehearsals, Sleeping Sword, photo Mark Senior
Watermill rehearsals, photo Mark Senior
Watermill rehearsals, photo Mark Senior
Watermill Rehearsals, Sleeping Sword, photo Mark Senior
Watermill Rehearsals, Sleeping Sword, photo Mark Senior

But after an accident blinds him, he fears his days of adventure are over – until one day he is drawn into the kingdom of his favorite story, the ancient legend of King Arthur, and the Bun’s world changes forever.

Prepare for a captivating adventure where a broken promise, a magic sword and a ghostly king reveal to Bun his own life-changing quest.

A tale of magic, mystery, hope, love, triumph and disaster, The Sleeping Sword weaves a contemporary tale of self-discovery with Arthurian legend in an utterly spellbinding way.

Watermill Rehearsals, Sleeping Sword, photo Mark Senior
Watermill Rehearsals, Sleeping Sword, photo Mark Senior
Watermill Rehearsals, Sleeping Sword, photo Mark Senior
Watermill Rehearsals, Sleeping Sword, photo Mark Senior
Watermill Rehearsals, Sleeping Sword, photo Mark Senior
Watermill Rehearsals, Sleeping Sword, photo Mark Senior

Each performance of The Sleeping Sword will feature the use of creative subtitles and embedded audio description.

Visually impaired creative consultant Amy Bethan Evans said: “Tatty put out a call for a visually impaired playwright for the project and I responded.

“When we met I knew I wanted to work with her and she was totally committed to turning this story into something that people with visual impairments could both access and relate to.

“We’ve worked to make Bun’s journey one of accepting himself as a blind person and I don’t think you can do that without input from a visually impaired artist.”

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After the Watermill Race, The Sleeping Sword goes on tour to schools in Berkshire and Wiltshire.



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