Samuels’s Giant at Unicorn

Published April 17, 2008

The London premiere of How To Beat A Giant, by Diane Samuels, runs in the Unicorn’s Clore theatre from 2 November-2 December.

How To Beat A Giant follows Lenny and her brother Sniff, who don’t want to go to sleep. From the darkened shadows of their room they conjure up their favourite bedtime story. Lenny takes the central role of Mollie Whuppie – the fearless adventurer who always triumphs over the dreaded giant – while poor bullied Sniff is left with the bit parts. But fantasy turns into reality when the giant of their imaginations suddenly comes crashing into the bedroom. Captured and about to be eaten, Lenny discovers that beating a giant isn’t quite so easy in real life. It is down to little Sniff to try and save the day and stop his sister being eaten.

Samuels has written many plays for children including Frankie’s Monster, Chalk Circle, The Bonekeeper, Salt Of The Earth and Watch Our For Mister Stork. Her award-winning play Kindertransport was last produced in London by Shared Experience at the Hampstead in April this year.

How To Beat A Giant is suitable for children aged seven and over.

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