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
Book tickets now 26 Sep - 27 Oct 2019
  • Weston Theatre in the Unicorn
    Under 18s: £6 - £16
    Adults: £10 - £22
    Offers: Multi-buys & Previews

  • 26 Sep 2019 Thu 10.30 AVAILABLE
  • 27 Sep 2019 Fri 11.00 LIMITED AVAILABILITY
  • 28 Sep 2019 Sat 13.00 AVAILABLE
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Age guide: 9 - 13
Duration: Approx 1 hr

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

In a sinister 1950s Britain, the country is under the rule of the violent and oppressive Motherland. Dark government forces are at work. Spies and surveillance are everywhere, and the truth is difficult to discern.

Meet our hero, Standish Treadwell. He is fifteen, he lives with his grandpa, and although his teachers are part of the regime, together he and grandpa are safe. But then one day, Standish’s best friend disappears. And suddenly all their lives are in terrible danger.

Can Standish be the hero who will save them all? Live drawing, cameras and projection bring Sally Gardner’s dazzlingly original, award-winning novel to life, in this story about protecting the ones you love and having the courage to stand up for what you believe.

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Press on the book

‘The most original publication for years’ The Times

‘The outstanding teenage novel of the autumn, arresting and original and written in a singular voice...’ The Telegraph

‘Startlingly original, horribly gripping ... an inspirational [story].’ The Times

‘This novel is a celebration of the refusal of the human spirit to be crushed and in Standish, Gardner has created a hero to be cherished.’ Daily Mail


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

The Year 7 Project
A transition project specifically for Year 7 students around Maggot Moon that develops confidence, communcation, emotional literacy and positive relationships between peers. £7.50 per student for non-fee-paying schools / £10 per student for fee-paying schools (with one free teacher per ten tickets booked). More information

Got a question? Contact schools@unicorntheatre.com


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.


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


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
Director Jesse Jones
Designer Lucy Sierra
Projection & Video Designer Akhila Krishnan
Lighting Designer Sam Waddington
Composer & Sound Designer Benjamin Grant


Image by Peter Schiazza and Eureka!


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