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Watermill Theatre

‘I’m not a king or a Wizard… but I do have a story to tell’

Meet Ben Bundle. He likes fishing and snorkelling, jumping off rocks and exploring the magical island of Bryher with his friends.

But after an accident leaves Bun blind, he fears his days if adventure are over. Until one day he is swept into the realm of his favourite story, the ancient legend of King Arthur, and Bun’s world changes forever.

Get ready for a gripping adventure where a broken promise, a magic sword and a ghostly king reveal to Bun a life-changing quest of his own.

The Sleeping Sword is a new adaptation of a beloved Morpurgo novel. A tale about magic, mystery, hope, love, triumph and disaster, it weaves a contemporary story of self-discovery with Arthurian legend in a way that is utterly spellbinding.

An exciting family adventure with creative access at its heart

The Sleeping Sword was created through collaborative workshops with visually impaired and sighted actors, and a visually impaired dramaturg. It is performed by a cast of three including two visually impaired actors. It premiered at The Watermill Theatre in 2022, and subsequently on a schools tour, with integrated creative audio description and captioning. It’s a small show with access at its heart that packs a big punch.


“audaciously creative….an inclusive scrapbook of wonder” – The Guardian

“as poignant as it is boisterous… A tonic for all children looking for an imaginative walk on the wild side.” – The Times

★★★★ “an unforgettable adventure” – Theatre and Arts Review

“challenging, entertaining and accessible” – Newbury Theatre

“a sprinkling of Morpurgo’s magic” – The Stage

Creative Team:

Adapted by Tatty Hennessy from the novel by Michael Morpurgo

Starring Aarian Mehrabani, Kirsty Ferriggi and Tika Mu’tamir

Dramaturg and Access Consultant – Amy Bethan Evans

Lighting Designer – Alex Musgrave

Sound Designer – Xavier Velastin

Audio Description Consultant – Sam Brewer

Design Consultant – Louise Worrall

Creative Captions Designer – Douglas Baker

Access Support Worker – Chloe Palmer

Production photography – Mark Senior