A Monster Calls

Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, inspired by an idea by Siobhan Dowd Adapted by Sally Cookson and Adam Peck and devised by the original company

Piers Black

The Carne Studio Theatre

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Friday 14 October at 7:45pm
Monday 17 October at 7:45pm
Tuesday 18 October at 2:15pm
Wednesday 19 October at 7:45pm
Thursday 20 October at 2:15pm

The running time is approximately 2 hours and 5 minutes, plus an interval.

About the show

Conor has the same dream every night, ever since his mother first fell ill, ever since she started the treatments that don't quite seem to be working. But tonight is different.

Tonight, when he wakes, there's a visitor at his window. It's ancient, elemental, a force of nature. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth. 

Sally Cookson trained at LAMDA and worked as an actor for ten years before embarking on a freelance directing career.

She has worked on productions for theatres including the Old Vic London, the Bristol Old Vic, the National Theatre, the Duke of York's and the Rose Theatre Kingston.

Most recently Sally has directed A Monster Calls at The Old Vic, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe at The Bridge Theatre and Peter Pan at The National Theatre.

She is an associate artist at BOV where productions include Jane Eyre, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Treasure Island, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, Papa Please Get the Moon for Me, Clown, Strange Case, Pericles, Pains of Youth, The Visit.

Her numerous collaborations with Travelling Light theatre include Strictly Balti by Saikat Ahammed, The Ugly Duckling Devised based on Hans Christian Anderson, Boing!, How Cold My Toes, Shadowplay, Cloudland Devised based on the book by John Burningham, Lenny by Francis Monty, Bob the Man on the Moon Devised based on the book by Simon Bartram.

Adam Peck is a writer, performer & dramaturg. Since 2006 he has worked with the Bristol Old Vic Young Company as a writer (Joan of Arc, 2007, and Gilgamesh 2006), playwriting tutor and devised theatre sessional leader. Between 2007 and 2011 he worked with Fairground, the company he co-founded with Tid, to create three shows for the Tobacco Factory - The Red Man (2008), Out of Touch - A Trilogy (2009) and Bonnie & Clyde (2010). The latter toured the South-West in 2011, played at Theatre503, and is published by Oberon Books. More recent writing work includes Cinderella: A FairyTale for Tobacco Factory and Travelling Light, Bitter Tales for Theatre Orchard Project and Only for Bristol Old Vic. Adam has an MA in Theatre (Playwriting) from Royal Holloway, University of London (2004), and a BA in Theatre and Performance Studies from Warwick University (2000). Other writing credits include: My Bristol Vista for Paines Plough (Come To Where I'm From, 2010), Life Savings for Theatre Royal Bath (2011), Chocolate Money (Short Fuses, 2010) and Kick Off (Ferment 2010) for Bristol Old Vic.

Piers is Artistic Director of Manchester-based company, Ransack Theatre. He trained on the National Theatre Directors’ Course, and was Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre. He is recipient of the John Fernald Award, BBC Alfred Bradley Bursary Award, and JMK Assistant Director Bursary.

As Director, theatre includes: Catching Comets (Pleasance London and Edinburgh, Royal Exchange and Theatr Clwyd), Crops (The Yard, Live Drafts), Love and Money (ALRA), Minus Touch (Royal Exchange); Moth (Hope Mill Theatre); The Dumb Waiter (Site Specific - Lucy Davis Vaults, NSDF and HOME); Solve (Edinburgh Fringe).

As Assistant / Associate Director, theatre includes: Light Falls (Royal Exchange) Stories (National Theatre); The Writer (Almeida Theatre); City of Glass (Lyric Hammersmith and HOME); So Here We Are (Royal Exchange and HighTide Festival); Yen (Royal Exchange).

He / Him

Contains themes of mental health, bullying, violence, references to cancer and death, and strobe.

Photos: Mercedes Assad

Creative Team

* LAMDA staff member or visiting artist

Piers Black*

Ingrid Hu*

Assistant Director
Witney White*

Movement Director
Jackie Kibuka*

Lighting Designer
Abhinav Mishra

Sound Designer
Summer Collier

Musical Arrangements
Naia Elliott-Spence
Lucy Karczewski


Lee Braithwaite

Dad / Anton
Harry Chalmers-Morris

Naia Elliott-Spence

Grandma / Sully
Molly Elson

Juliet G. James

Miss. G
Lucy Karczewski

Jacob Mechan

Monster / Mr. Marl
Kieton Saunders-Browne

Production Team

Stage Manager
Chloe Alexander

Deputy Stage Manager
Ciara Brady

Production Manager
James Imber

Chief Lx
Jorge Clarkson

Deputy Chief / Programmer
Jacob Eckardt

Production Sound Engineer
Sam Tate

Production Carpenter
Charlotte Owadally