A Song for Ella Grey


ISBN: 9781839043246
Author: By David Almond Adapted by Zoe Cooper
Publication Date: 8/02/2024
Publisher: Nick Hern Books
Extent: 112pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK3457 Categories: , , Tags: ,

‘I’m the one who’s left behind. I’m the one to tell the tale. I knew them both, knew how they lived and how she died.’

Ella Grey and her friends are ordinary kids from ordinary families in an ordinary world. They fall in and out of love, play music, stare at the stars, yearn for excitement, and have parties on the beautiful beaches of Northumberland. One day a stranger – a musician called Orpheus – appears on the beach, entrancing them all, but particularly Ella. Where have they come from and what path will Ella follow?

A Song for Ella Grey is a version of the myth of Orpheus that sings of the madness of youth, the ache of love, and the near-impossibility of grasping death. Zoe Cooper’s stage adaptation of David Almond’s award-winning novel was first produced in 2024 by Pilot Theatre, in association with Northern Stage and York Theatre Royal.

This edition includes the full text of the play along with a range of teaching materials and resources designed to help educators bring the play to life for their students.

Praise for the novel:

‘Infused with lyricism and with the fire and oddness of adolescence. Fresh, involving and lucid, it is a song in itself and teens will find it fills them with poignant longing and joy’ Telegraph

‘The story of Orpheus and Eurydice is retold against a wild Northumbrian landscape: life, death, love and myths. Just wonderful’ Bookseller

‘Extraordinary’ Metro

‘Spell-binding… impossible to resist’ Herald

‘A stylish and seductive retelling of the Orpheus myth… Lacing its dreamy mysticism with sharp humour, Zoe Cooper’s clever adaptation captures the raw intensity not just of first love, but of all the complex bonds of youth… a refreshing take on a classic that feels both immediate and timeless’
The Stage

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