"Seek that your sons and your daughters may dream dreams and see visions. Seek that they may see true visions and dream noble dreams!"
George MacDonald's magical tale of young Princess Irene finding the strength to take on the world has proved to be one of the most enduring and influential of the great 19th century children's classics. Stuart Paterson's acclaimed stage version is packed with fun and adventure while retaining the depth and visionary power of the original book. Guarded day and night, and made frightened of the sinister goblins who lurk under The Great Mountain, Princess Irene fears she may never be brave enough to live outside the high walls of her father's palace. Yet, guided by her mysterious old Great Grandmother who lives in the attic, and protected by a fearless miner-boy and a fierce young dragon, she finds both freedom and romance... A rich and magical play for all the family
"The best for years... A fairytale dealing in thrills and magic... The story is compelling and children sit spellbound. Make sure you go and see this one." - The Sunday Times "This is real children's theatre. This also is real theatre - a dramatic experience more funny and fulfilling and searching and satisfying than a dozen more deliberately recherche adult offerings... The partnership of the rich and complex imagination of that inexplicably neglected Victorian George MacDonald and the sassy ear and spiritual integrity of Scotland's leading children's playwright, Stuart Paterson, is made in heaven... Full of light and radiant, questing optimism as the very best children's stories must always be." - The Scotsman"Wisely, and with great skill, Paterson has adjusted the original tale." - The Herald"The script is as punchy as it is poetic." - The Evening News"Paterson has mastered the art of injecting new zest and colour into classic children's stories, and affording his audience the respect they deserve." - The Times