The play is directed by Chris Hallam who says that staging a play which is seen as a sequel to something as successful as War Horse has to be daunting but he’s letting the script do the hard work.
“You can’t worry about what people are thinking when they come to a play. We’ve got a great story to tell, thanks to Michael, Daniel has given us a brilliant script and I’m just bringing to life what’s on the page.
Freddie Mercury’s mother was watching the Olympic closing ceremony when her adored son’s image suddenly appeared on a vast screen. “They showed John Lennon too, but there was much more applause for my Freddie.” Freddie, born Farrokh Bulsara, the frontman of rock band Queen and charismatic solo performer, died in 1991 of Aids-related pneumonia. Jer Bulsara, who is 90 next month, has found immense consolation in his continuing popularity, yet when talking about him her voice still cracks with emotion.
She is also deeply private and this is the first in-depth interview she has given.
The reason is a lavish new book: Freddie Mercury, The Great Pretender, A Life in Pictures that is full of wonderful photographs, including several never-before seen images, that span the rock star’s life.
The pair traverse dark snowy streets in their Mercedes-Benz 4Matic SUV with the vehicle's All-wheel drive keeping them safely on course.
The boy gets to the movie theater first and runs through the building but his date is nowhere to be found.
One can only imagine how hard it must have been for Freddie’s devoutly religious parents to come to terms with their firebrand son.
Fortunately, the love flowed both ways and Freddie seems to have tried to protect them from his excesses.
But, because the story and the performances are so good the children are hooked.
There are a few moments in the show where we wondered whether the kids would understand but we needn’t have worried because children take things in their stride.” He said that the show gains from the input of musician/ composer Ru Hamilton who has come up with a unique musical landscape for the show which has been shaped in rehearsal. Like everyone who sees the show, he was completely charmed by what he saw. One day he said to me: ‘what this scene needs is a harp.’ “I wasn’t keen, thinking about the practicalities of touring with a giant harp, but he assured me, it would only be a small one.
Any sequel to this is bound to raise expectations but Michael Morpurgo’s touching Farm Boy cleverly continues the story of Joey and Albert but is told in a different way, allowing the story to live in its own world without making too many comparisons.
Farm Boy has been adapted for the stage by Daniel Buckroyd, artistic director of the Colchester Mercury, who has previously adapted Morpurgo’s The Butterfly Lion.
An old green tractor rests in the corner of a Devon farmyard.