The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark

A Unicorn production

Dark is exciting. Dark is kind. Dark is necessary...

  • By Jill Tomlinson
  • Directed by Lee Lyford

Plop closed his eyes, took a deep breath and fell off his branch.

Plop is a Baby Barn Owl, fat, fluffy with a beautiful heart-shaped ruff and knackety knees. He’s still learning to fly, very curious and almost always hungry. And he’s afraid of the dark, which is not very helpful for a night-bird. So his exasperated mother sends him on several missions to find out more about night time. 

‘Dark is exciting’ says a small boy. ‘Kind’ says an old lady. ‘Necessary’ says a little girl. Then he meets a cat who tells Plop ‘there are many kinds of dark’ and shows him the beauty of the night. 

After all this enthusiasm, will Plop learn to embrace the dark?

The Owl Who was Afraid of the Dark is an immersive and highly engaging experience. Instead of conventional seating children will be given chairs and adults will be able to sit near them on cushions. We will have some seating for people who need it and will be able to accommodate you on the day. 

PRODUCTION GALLERY Photos by Manuel Harlan

Sat 8 Oct, Sat 29 & Sun 30 Oct: OWL FAMILY PORTRAIT

Join us after the performance to create a keepsake of your day with our resident arts & crafts experts. You and your tiny human will get your hands dirty to create your family owl portrait. You'll have a beautiful momento to take home with you. 

This event is part of Up Club+, tickets are £10 for one parent and one child which includes 2 soft drinks. All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults accompanied by a child. Places are limited, book now to avoid disappointment. 


Schools tickets from £7.50
Teacher CPD: Wed 14 Sep, 10am - 4pm | FREE
Download The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark resource pack (PDF, 842KB)
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Relaxed Performance
Thursday 29 September 2016, 11.00
Friday 28 October 2016, 13.30
Wednesday 2 November 2016, 10.30