I’m very happy to see this production of The Firework-Maker’s Daughter coming to the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith, and then on tour throughout the country. Stephen Russell, the playwright, has done a great job of making what was a book into a play, and the company Told By An Idiot has given it a production full of colour and fun – and fire. The story of Lila, and how she wants to be a firework-maker like her father Lalchand, was a very important one for me; I told it first a long time ago in the form of a play for the school where I was teaching. I wanted lots of Indonesian-style music, and masks, and colour, and magic, and we managed to bring some of that to the temporary stage in the hall of Bishop Kirk School in Oxford; and then some time later I made it into a book. Now here it is as a play once more, and very well done it is.
Director: Paul Hunter
Associate Director: Hayley Carmichael
Designer: Naomi Wilkinson
Lighting Designer: Jon Linstrum
Composer: Iain Johnstone
Sound Designer: Nick Manning