26 Sep - 27 Oct 2019 Age guide: 9 - 13

A Unicorn Production

Maggot Moon

"The Best Thing We Have Is Our Imagination..."

  • Based on the novel by Sally Gardner
  • Adapted for the stage by Jemma Kennedy
  • Directed by Jesse Jones
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  • Weston Theatre in the Unicorn
    Under 18s: £6 - £16
    Adults: £10 - £22
    Offers: Multi-buys & Previews

Age guide: 9 - 13 Duration: Approx 1 hr

"The Best Thing We Have Is Our Imagination..."

★★★★ 'one of the most powerful, most compelling pieces of theatre for audiences of any age this year' Reviews Hub
★★★★ 'timely, powerful and moving' The Stage 
★★★★ 'junior drama which packs a punch' Londonist

We're excited to be bringing Sally Gardner’s dazzlingly original and award-winning dystopian novel to the stage. Using live drawing, cameras and projection, this world première expresses the world of the book and the extraordinary spirit of its main character, 15-year-old Standish Treadwell.

In a sinister 1950s Britain, dark government forces are at work and spies and surveillance are everywhere. Standish tells us his story as he begins to unravel the dark secrets of the violent and oppressive Motherland and form a plan to try to save his best friend and uncover the truth, no matter what.

This is an utterly gripping and deeply moving story for young audiences about protecting the ones you love, and the courage it takes to do the right thing.

Please note: in keeping with the original book, there are some affecting moments of violence in the storytelling. These moments are described and depicted by the narrator, but not acted out. These are powerful short scenes which convey the danger that Standish is in and the perilous and ugly regime that he is surviving. There is also one single use of slightly strong language. Please contact our Box Office team if you would like more information about the show.




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★★★★★ 'Maggot Moon’s message – of the power of hope, friendship, love, and standing up for what is right – is universal but feels particularly relevant in today’s turbulent times.' The Stage

★★★★★ ' a captivating hour of theatre' Reviews Hub

★★★★ 'this brave creation should certainly be applauded for not pulling any punches, and sensitively delivering some hard-hitting theatre, to all too often patronised young audiences.' Londonist


'Wow, it was very powerful... Brilliant performance by the lead actor. We rushed straight downstairs to buy the book.'

'Demanding, thought provoking, provocative, amazing, surprising, clever, sinister, timely.'
'It was a good show, great production and acting. Great to see the show content did not play down to young people, but challenged them.'
'The piece was beautifully and carefully staged. The themes were very challenging, and exciting and also very brave to put in front of such a young audience.'
'I thought it was brilliant. The acting was superb and I loved the poetry of the text. Really great. And I usually dislike Dystopian!'


Join us for a free post-show talk with Sally Gardner, the author of Maggot Moon, after the 1pm or 5pm performances on Sat 5 Oct.


Previews (26 Sep - 3 Oct): £10 under 18s / adults

Multi-Buy Offer: save 15% by booking two or more different shows in our Aug '19 - Jul '20 season at the same time.

Offer applies automatically at checkout & is subject to availability. Excludes workshops/events & other offers. Where you have different numbers of tickets across shows, the discount may only apply to part of your booking.


Tickets: £6 - £16 under 18s / £12 - £22 adults (termtime dates offer lowest prices, holiday weekends at top price. Holidays 19 - 27 Oct)


This show is suitable for School Years 6 - 9
Tickets £10 / Non-fee school offers from £7
Free schools' resource pack online & to download
Free teacher CPD: Thu 19 Sep, 4.30pm - 7pm (for secondary school teachers)
Fri 20 Sep, 10am – 4pm (for primary)
Enquire about booking a free post-show talk / Audio-Described performance

Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com


Relaxed Performances are open to everyone but particuarly support children with additional needs. Adjustments are made to the show & there's a chill-out space. A visual story will be available.

Audio-Described performances offer an introduction & live commentary via a headset. Free 45-min Touch Tour beforehand which can be booked with access tickets.

Use Access User types when booking online. Book / find out more about Access at the Unicorn.

Relaxed Performance
Saturday 19 October 2019, 13.30
Friday 18 October 2019, 11.00
Audio Described Performance
Sunday 20 October 2019, 13.00
Touch tours
Sunday 20 October 2019, 13.00


James Day
James Newton

Creative Team
Based on the novel by
Sally Gardner
Adapted for the stage by Jemma Kennedy
Director Jesse Jones
Designer Lucy Sierra
Projection & Video Designer Akhila Krishnan
Lighting Designer Sam Waddington
Composer & Sound Designer Benjamin Grant


Production photography by Tristram Kenton
Image by Peter Schiazza and Eureka!


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