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Wolves do hide there

A pack of unruly wolves are creeping on to the bill at Newcastle's Northern Stage this week.

A pack of unruly wolves are creeping on to the bill at Newcastle's Northern Stage this week.

Devised from Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean's graphic children's book, The Wolves in the Walls combines a cast of puppets and actors with live musicians and pop-up book scenery.

It follows the story of Lucy, who hears creeping, creaking, crumpling noises coming from behind the wallpaper and knows there are wolves in the walls of her house.

Her mother is busy making jam, her father is busy playing the tuba, her brother is busy playing computer games.

They say the noises are mice, or rats or bats. But they are wrong and she is right and, as everyone knows, when the wolves come out of the walls, it's all over . . .

Described as "for everyone over the age of seven who isn't a scaredy cat", The Wolves in the Walls has enchanted family audiences across Scotland.

Brought to life by Improbable's Julian Crouch, who was responsible for the smash hit Shockheaded Peter, and the National Theatre of Scotland's artistic director Vicky Featherstone, the production ran to rave reviews on its spring tour.

This is the first time audiences will see The Wolves in the Walls outside Scotland and London, and is only the second time the National Theatre of Scotland has performed outside its home country.

Gaiman, author of the original children's book, says: "The Wolves in the Walls I stole from my daughter who was four at the time.

"She woke up having had a bad dream and she said, `Daddy, daddy, there are wolves in the walls and they came out of the walls and they took over the house'.

"And I said, `No, it was only a dream'. And she said, `No it wasn't, I can prove it'.

"I said, `How?'. And she said, `I'll show you the place in the wallpaper they came out from'. And she did!"

Julian Crouch, co-director and co-founder of Improbable, explains why he adapted the book.

"For me it was the fact that it was scary. So when I am reading it to my own children there is already a kind of atmosphere of `are they old enough for this?'

Erica Whyman, chief executive of Northern Stage, says: "The Wolves in the Walls is simply one of the most exciting shows for all the family I have ever seen."

The Wolves in the Walls

Northern Stage

Until Saturday. 7pm / Matinee Sat at 2pm

Running Time: 1hr 15 minutes approximately (no interval)

Tickets: £20, £15, £5 (concessions available)

Family Tickets (2 adults & 2 Children) at £30 (with additional tickets at £10 for up to 8 people)

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