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26 March 2012 @ 02:16 pm
His Dark Materials fans who visit Oxford’s Botanic Garden can now enjoy an audio guide from author Phillip Pullman. The Garden has special importance to fans of the series due its role in the heartbreaking conclusion of The Amber Spyglass. As a result, Pullman has been asked to record part of a voice guide for the garden, in which he talks about its significance to Will and Lyra, in particular a bench which plays a key role in the young couple’s story. Pullman told the Oxford Mail that he thought the audio guide was a great idea, and that he was particularly keen to contribute due to ‘the bench’, as it is known to fans: “It’s a nice bench in a very nice place – the Botanic Garden is such a lovely thing to have in Oxford.” Pullman also offered a brief update on the much-anticipated His Dark Materials companion work The Book of Dust, insisting that it was proceeding well and would be finished just as soon as: “I write the words: ‘the end’”.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/pullman-adds-voice-to-botanic-gardens-guide/
 
 
A while ago, we told you about the play adaptation of The Firework-Maker’s Daughter on at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria (UK). The play is on until the 7th of the January so there’s still a while left to go and see it! Let our reviewer, Rosie, help you decide…

“It’s hard to think of a more dramatic setting for drama than the Theatre by the Lake, surrounded as it is by snow-clad fells reflected in the tranquil Derwent Water. On a chilly December evening it’s also good to come inside to find some seasonal warmth, and Stephen Russell’s dramatisation of The Firework-Maker’s Daughter provides warmth in abundance.

The warmth doesn’t only come from the play’s tropical setting, amongst the Indonesian rainforests accompanied by gamalan orchestra. The cast throw themselves into the production with gusto. Vera Chok, in the lead, is a suitably feisty Lila (now what does that name remind me of?), the girl who scorns the idea of marrying a prince in the traditional pantomime way, and the irrepressible bounciness she puts into her quest for the secret of the perfect firework is infectious. Mitesh Soni is good as Lila’s humble but devoted admirer, but it’s Declan Wilson as her eternal foil, whether as elephant-master or inept pirate, who puts real fizz into the show every bit as much as the backstage crew who provide the pyrotechnics for the climactic firework competition and the simple but beautiful sets. Joanna Holden is also memorable, variously as a hapless pirate, hapless villager and a tyrant king who makes up in cruelty what she lacks in stature. And then there’s the elephant. How could one forget the elephant?

Philip Pullman is always a very theatrical novelist and The Firework-Maker’s Daughter, as with the earlier Count Karlstein, has its roots in a school play he wrote in his teaching days drawing on ancient folk tales. It’s hardly surprising, then, that the book makes the transition to the stage so seamlessly. It’s not only children who will find this a memorable Christmas show.”

You can book tickets at the Theatre By The Lake website.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/the-firework-makers-daughter-at-theatre-by-the-lake/
 
 
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29 December 2011 @ 05:53 pm
We hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! This Boxing Day, we’re happy to announce the launch of new site, The Fandom.

The Fandom is a multi-fandom website where individuals can come together to celebrate all the fandoms they enjoy in one place. These include Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, Star Wars, and of course….His Dark Materials (with newspost updates via us!). Check out all the fandoms here.



Check out their forums, tumblr, twitter, and facebook!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/new-affiliate-the-fandom/
 
 
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24 December 2011 @ 10:48 am
Just a quick post to remind you that there are only two days left until our December contest closes!

This month, we have this stunning giclee print of this cover of The Golden Compass, given to us by cover artist Eric Rohmann. It’s one of a limited edition of 300 and measures approximately 61 x 41cm (24 x 16 inches).

Entering this contest is simple, all you have to do is answer the following question.

What name did Iorek Byrnison give Lyra?

Send your entry in to us at contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “December Contest” by 11:59pm GMT on the 26th of December. We’ll pick one lucky winner from the correct answers to win this great prize! This contest is open to everyone, good luck!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/december-contest-reminder/
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24 December 2011 @ 10:46 am
angelofboox went to see a production of The Firework-Maker's Daughter. This is her review.

Last week I went to see the Birmingham Stage Company’s The Firework Maker’s Daughter, at the Bloomsbury Theatre in London. Thinking of going? Read on…

For those who haven’t read the book, the story tells of a girl called Lila, who dreams of becoming a firework-maker like her father. Her hopes are shattered when her father tells her it is no job for a girl. She sets out in secret for Mount Merapi in search of the elusive royal sulphur, facing pirates and supernatural creatures along the way – but must then return to save her imprisoned father with a firework display that must rival the best on earth…

The Birmingham Stage Company’s production delights with a creative set and spectacularly catchy music that you won’t be able to get out of your head. Lila’s magical adventure is brought to life in an explosive and colourful show that will keep you waiting for that final firework display.

Last year, Pullman said about the Birmingham Stage Company’s production:

“What a great cast! What musical talent as well as charm and stage presence! I’m delighted with everything about it.”

The show is on in London at the Bloomsbury Theatre from the 14th of December to the 21st of January. You can get tickets via the Box Office (020 7388 8822) or book online at www.thebloomsbury.com

Live a bit further north and still want to see a production? We’ll have a review of The Firework Maker’s Daughter production on at The Theatre by the Lake in Keswick, Cumbria, (on until the 6th of January) in just a few days…

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/the-firework-maker%E2%80%99s-daughter-bsc-christmas-show-at-bloomsbury-theatre-in-london/
 
 
 
14 December 2011 @ 07:23 pm
An adaptation of The Firework Maker’s Daughter is being performed at the Theatre by the Lake in Keswick. The play, adapted for stage by Stephen Russell, will run until the 7th of January.

A charming and explosive adventure! Set in the tropical jungle of Indonesia, this is the story of young Lila and her quest to discover the secrets of the Firework-Maker’s craft. With her father’s life hanging in the balance she must undertake a perilous journey to volcanic Mount Merapi. Lila has to face pirates, spirits and the terrifying Fire-Fiend, but she is helped by her best friend Chulak and a lovable and resourceful white elephant called Hamlet.

Tickets for the show go from £10 to £22.50. They are available for purchase here.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/new-firework-makers-daughter-play/
 
 
04 December 2011 @ 08:00 pm
It’s that time of month again! And in fact, that time of year, when we’re about to spread some wintery cheer.  This December, we have this stunning giclee print of this cover of The Golden Compass, given to us by cover artist Eric Rohmann. It’s one of a limited edition of 300 and measures approximately 61 x 41cm (24 x 16 inches). Read on to see how to win it in this month’s contest...


All you have to do to enter our December contest is answer the following question:

What name did Iorek Byrnison give Lyra?


Send your entry in to us at contest@bridgetothestars.net, with the subject line “December Contest” by 11:59pm GMT on the 26th of December. We'll pick one lucky winner from the correct answers to win this great prize! This contest is open to everyone, good luck!

Eric Rohmann is an author and illustrator of books for young readers. You can check out more of his work on his website. And if you don't win the contest, you can buy this limited edition print for $275.00, plus shipping and handling.
 
 
03 December 2011 @ 08:46 pm
The Golden Compass is being shown by Channel Four tomorrow night at 5.55 PM.

You can find the RadioTimes page for the film showing here.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/attention-uk-sraffies/
 
 
24 November 2011 @ 07:34 pm
Congratulations to the winner of our October Contest: J Diego. His entry to fill in the blanks was picked as the favourite by our very own BTTS staff:
“The brave-hearted girl Lyra and the wary Pan”

He wins a paperback copy of the latest UK edition of Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ! Thanks for all your entries. If you entered but didn’t win, then please accept our heartfelt commiserations. Unfortunately, you may have noticed that there is no November contest this month. But don’t worry, there’ll be one next month with a very special prize, so watch this space!

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/october-contest-winner/
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16 October 2011 @ 02:09 pm
Birmingham Stage Company’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s The Firework-Maker’s Daughter will be playing at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London, this Christmas. The play was shown by the Birmingham Stage Company at the Birmingham’s Old Rep Theatre last year and was a rousing success. It will play at the Bloomsbury from the 14th to the 17th of December and then from the 9th to the 21st of January. The play was described by Pullman as “One of the best productions of my work I’ve ever seen!” Tickets are £19.50 for adults and £14.50 for children and can be bought by calling 020 7388 8822 or by visiting the play’s website.

http://www.bridgetothestars.net/news/firework-makers-daughter-comes-to-london/