I Wish I was a Mountain, based on Faldum, a Fairy Tale by Hermann Hesse.
On the day of the famous annual fair, the town of Faldum receives an unexpected visit. A wanderer offers to grant a wish to anyone who wants one. Before long, the city is transformed. Mansions stand where mud huts once squatted, and beggars ride around in horse drawn carriages. And one man wishes to be turned into a mountain. Written and performed by former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson, I Wish I was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Herman Hesse’s classic fairytale. Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin?
Adults are kindly requested to leave all answers to these questions at the door. Children, come as you are.
★★★★ “This is a fairytale that doesn’t so much end happily ever after as ask us how the “ever after” affects our daily lives… a short but profound show…which reveals Thompson as a star in the making.” The Guardian
★★★★ All those involved should be proud. Enchanting!” Stage Talk Magazine
It’s magical, enchanting…..this show will stay with you for a very long time. Bath Chronicle
I Wish I Was A Mountain is a product of The Incubator, the egg’s idea development programme. The aim of the Incubator is to deepen the quality of art that is available for young audiences, and to inspire theatre makers to think about children and their place in our society differently by giving artists space, time and support to think and conceive.
The incubator is managed by Tim Bell Tim.firstname.lastname@example.org Travelling Light create outstanding theatrical experiences which move, inspire and fire young people’s imaginations. The company have produced many award-winning, well-loved shows for young audiences including Boing!, Cinderella: A Fairytale and Into The West.
Created by the egg
Incubator Co-produced with the egg and Travelling Light Theatre Company
Co-commissioned by Brighton Dome and Imaginate
Written and Performed by Toby Thompson
Direction and Dramaturgy by Lee Lyford
Designed by Anisha Field
Supported using public funding from Arts Council England