Morpurgo's beautifully crafted tale is brought alive by one actor
A circular wooden stage pays homage to the importance of La Corrida – the bullring – in Spain's Andalucia. Antonito lives on a cattle-farm where his parents breed feisty black bulls.
Told with passion and sincerity Michael Morpurgo's beautifully crafted tale is brought alive by one actor – Gary Turner – who gives credibility to the author's many colourful characters.
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Holding his audience entranced, with economical movement and technique he becomes five-year-old Antonito, his stern father, his mother, sister, or famous matador Uncle Juan.
At the heart of the tale is the boy's chance and remarkable bond with an orphaned bull he names Paco. In a single night Antonito experiences birth and death.
As the boy grows into adulthood, song, dance and music help fill the action as an idyllic childhood is shattered by war. Sound effects lend depth as cicadas chirrup in the grass, vultures fly overhead and young bulls, filled with pent-up energy, snort and paw sun-dried earth.
By now old enough to attend his first Corrida, Antonito is enthralled by the excitement as cheering crowds greet his matador uncle.
Putting on the glittering gold jacket, precisely choreographed steps and expertly swirled crimson cape enrage and engage the bull. The young boy is appalled.
Later from a hillside above his farm, Antonito watches in terror as enemy planes swoop low to destroy his village. Bullets ricochet across the valley; survivors seek refuge as the Spanish Civil War rages.
Directed and designed by Philip Wilson, Simon Reade's adaptation of Morpurgo's story, unafraid to face reality is played with honesty. Despite the bleakness, Antonito's faith in human kindness envisages a future where honesty, truthfulness and bravery bring hope.