Synopses & Reviews
For anyone who loves sailing and adventure, Arthur Ransome's classic Swallows and Amazons series stands alone. Originally published in the UK over a half century ago, these books are still eagerly read by children, despite their length and their decidedly British protagonists. We attribute their success to two facts: first, Ransome is a great storyteller and, second, he clearly writes from first-hand experience. Independence and initiative are qualities any child can understand and every volume in this collection celebrates these virtues.
Swallows and Amazons, the book that started it all in 1930, introduces the Walker family, the camp on Wild Cat Island, the able-bodied catboat Swallow, and the two intrepid Amazons, plucky Nancy and Peggy Blackett.
An acclaimed, brand new musical by Helen Edmundson and Neil Hannon, based on the much loved childrens classic.
All aboard The Swallow! Follow Captain John and his able crew as they set sail to Wildcat Island on an exotic adventure to encounter savages, capture dastardly pirates and defeat mortal enemies. An action-packed musical adventure, Swallows and Amazons is a story of an idyllic era, of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination.
About the Author
Helen Edmundson is the winner of The John Whiting Award for her play The Clearing
and has written numerous adaptations and original pieces for the stage. These include Anna Karenina
, The Mill on the Floss
and War and Peace
for the hugely successful touring theatre company, Shared Experience. She is the award-winning author of Coram Boy
, seen in two consecutive seasons at the National Theatre, and received unanimous acclaim for her adaptation of Calderón de la Barcas Life is a Dream
at the world famous Donmar Theatre. Her adaptation of Arthur Ransomes Swallows and Amazons
received five star reviews at the Vaudeville Theatre in Londons West End in 2011 and embarks on a nationwide tour in 2012.
Neil Hannon is a Northern Irish singer and songwriter, best known as the creator and frontman of the chamber pop group The Divine Comedy.
Arthur Ransome (1884 1967) was an author and journalist, best known for writing the Swallows and Amazons series of children's books. The books remain so popular that they provide a basis of a tourist industry around Lake Windermere and Coniston Water.