Tales from out of Africa
MICHAEL Morpurgo stories are wonderful but they are no walk in the park.
Good triumphs over adversity but the journey from one to the other is an uphill struggle, with hardships and adventure.
The Butterfly Lion is no exception. An inspiring tale of enduring friendship, the story travels from the African Veld to the battlefields of First World War France.
The production at the Everyman Theatre next week follows the adventures of Bertie and an orphaned white lion cub as they strive to find sanctuary. The Butterfly Lion stars Gwen Taylor, who rose to fame in the sitcom Duty Free and now plays Ann Foster in Corrie.
Former Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo catapulted on to the world stage in 2007 with the National Theatre production of his book War Horse, later made into a film directed by Steven Spielberg.
He will be returning to Cheltenham next month for two appearances at the Literature Festival.
The Butterfly Lion runs from Monday to September 21 and tickets cost from £13 on 01242 572573. Performances take place at 7pm.