Eastbourne, Wealden & Lewes

His Dark Materials – Part II

His Dark Materials – Part II


All Saints Centre
Friar's Walk

Date(s) - 01-February to 09-February
All Day

All Saints Centre

Dates: 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th of February 2020
Performance Time: 15:30
Venue: All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 2LE
Online Box Office:  https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/lewes-drama-collective/his-dark-materials-part-ii/e-voebgy

Following a sell-out success of His Dark Materials Part I in Lewes in Jan-Feb 2019, Lewes Drama Collective’s Youth Group is very proud to present Part II this Winter.

Lewes Drama Collective (formerly known as Lewes Theatre Youth Group) will complete the two-play stage adapted dramatisation of Philip Pullman’s award-winning fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials. Published by Nick Hern Books, Nicholas Wright’s version premiered on London’s Royal National Theatre revolving Olivier stage in 2003 and was quickly followed by a much longer run due to the production being so very popular.

Pullman’s books were first released in 1995, have sold 17.5 million copies around the world over the years and have been translated into 40 different languages. Since our brave cast members performed Part I of His Dark Materials multi-world realities in early 2019 at Lewes Little Theatre, the BBC’s own first series covered the events of Northern Lights and premiered on 3rd November 2019 on BBC 1. Filmed in the UK and starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, Anne-Marie Duff, James Cosmo and Ariyon Bakare, this adaptation of Pullman’s magical story has earned prestigious reviews and entertained millions of viewers across the globe.

Everything is now set for the Lewes Drama Collective to bring Philip Pullman’s modern masterpiece of imaginative fiction to life on the 1st, 2nd, 8th and 9th of February 2020, as our local talented actors, who are aged between 11 and 18, will take audiences of all ages on a thrilling journey!

On their path to discover the truth, extraordinary orphan Lyra Belacqua, her Daemon Pantalaimon and courageous Will Parry have been through many different worlds so far, both familiar and unknown, and on their quest have encountered the sinister and all-controlling power of The Magisterium and the child-snatching Gobblers, as well as boat dwelling gyptians, mystical witches and armoured polar bears.

The quest to understand a mysterious phenomenon called Dust is set to keep audiences on the edge of their seats as the struggle between good and evil continues in the mysterious and yet strangely familiar worlds created by the controversial genius of Phillip Pullman.

Join Lyra and her friends as they make the arduous journey to the ‘republic of heaven’ through the dark and haunting land of the dead, where they encounter some fantastical and frightening beings and conclude the thrilling trilogy of His Dark Materials.

Here are some of the comments received from audience members and participants of Lewes Drama Collective’s performances of His Dark Materials Part I:

“When you think you’ve seen the best, along comes His Dark Materials! You can see how much these students thrive and enjoy what they do, they are all amazing.”

“Of the many youth theatre productions I have seen, this is THE BEST!”

“We were blown away!!! Such a gripping performance by everyone. Definitely going to read the books now thanks to the inspiring show. Bring on the next one!!!”

“An incredibly complex story, very very well done!”

“His Dark Materials was such an amazing show to be involved with. I couldn’t imagine a professional actor doing any better as the lead, and the entire company excelled. Direction, lighting and sets were all outstanding. Thanks so much for giving the children this incredible experience!”

Please note that due to the extensive use of staging for this production only balcony and stall seats will be available. This, in turn will mean that tickets will be limited for these matinee only performances in February at the All Saints Centre in Lewes.

For a more detailed synopsis and information about the venue, please visit the Lewes Drama Collective website.