“In the Lands of the North where the black rocks stand guard against the cold sea, in the dark night that is very long, the men of the Northlands sit by their great fires and tell a tale…”
One of the most renowned television series of the 1970s – Noggin the Nog is about to be retold at Theatre Royal Brighton as part of the Brighton Festival 2015. For those of you un familiar with that tale - Noggin is the kind and unassuming King of the Northmen. After the death of his father, Noggin has to find a Queen to rule alongside him, lest the throne will be forfeited to his uncle, the ferocious Nogbad the Bad. Along the way, Noggin meets a charming array of characters including Groliffe, the fearsome ice dragon and Graculus a ginormous green bird.
Created in the early 1960s by the brilliant Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin (inventors of Bagpuss and the Clangers), the show was first commissioned by the BBC as six 10-minute animated films, produced by Oliver and drawn by Peter, they ran throughout the 70s and 80s and were turned into a series of illustrated books. Mischievous and delightful, this magical, theatrical remake – containing original film, live music, projections, puppets and silly Vikings – is sure to appeal to young and old alike.
After its stint at Theatre Royal Brighton The Sagas of Noggin the Nog will tour from October 2015 to Spring 2016, beginning at Polka Theatre Wimbledon, for more information on the theatre production of The Sagas of Noggin the Nog, visit mischevioustheatre.co.uk
Read more about Smallfilms and the pioneering work of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin in our current, ‘Ageless’ issue, http://www.selvedge.org/shop/64-ageless
The Sagas of Noggin the Nog will be showing at the Theatre Royal Brighton on: Sat 23 May, 5pm and Sun 24 May, 11am, 2pm & 5pm.