Crowstarver at Old Vic

PUBLISHED: 09:54 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 24 May 2010

Spider and fox.

Spider and fox.

A MAGICAL play combining inventive story-telling, live music and puppetry will be staged in Bristol later this month. The Crowstarver tells the story of Spider Sparrow who is abandoned as a baby in a lambing pen with a note pinned to his shawl saying Pl

A MAGICAL play combining inventive story-telling, live music and puppetry will be staged in Bristol later this month.The Crowstarver tells the story of Spider Sparrow who is abandoned as a baby in a lambing pen with a note pinned to his shawl saying 'Please save this lamb'.As he grows up, everybody can see he is not like other children as Spider has an amazing way with animals.He tames foxes, scares away crows from farm fields and befriends a wild bucking bronco.When Spider gets a job as a crowstarver he even becomes fond of the birds he is paid to keep away.But life can be tough for Spider and, with war, prejudice and his own fragile health, danger is only ever a hair's breath away.Set during World War Two, The Crowstarver is a rich and satisfying story full of memorable characters, not least the animals befriended by Spider.The play will be staged by Theatre Alibi at the Bristol Old Vic and directed by Nikke Sved. It follows her highly acclaimed Why the Whales Came, which toured nationally and transferred to the West End to great acclaim.The role of Spider is taken by Bristol-based actor Tom Wainwright who, as well as studying drama at Bristol University, has also written two shows commissioned by the Bristol Old Vic.The show will be staged from June 28-July 1. Tickets, priced £7-15, are available from the box office on 0117 987 7877.

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