Audio Drama: The Girl of Ink and Stars

The Spark Arts for Children in association with Inspire: Culture, Learning and Libraries present:

The Girl of Ink and Stars

A play by Satinder Chohan, based on the book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave

A tale of maps, myth and monsters
Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped. When a girl from the village disappears into the island's Forgotten Territories, Isabella and her lifelong friend Pablo go in search of her.  

Following her map and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers that deep beneath the dry rivers and smoky mountains, a fiery legend is stirring from its sleep... 

A gripping audio drama performed over three podcastsThe Girl of Ink and Stars is a story of myth, magic and the power of friendship.

For children aged 7+ and their families  

Act 1:  The Isle of Joya  

Act 2:  The Forgotten Territories 

Act 3:  The Labyrinth   

The Cast and Creative Team

Director Adel Al-Salloum
Writer Satinder Chohan
Composer Craig Vear
Isabella Sally Ann Staunton
Pablo Reece Carter
Company Stage Manager Kate Bosomworth

Find out more about the cast and creative team here

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Making the audio drama

Based on the award-winning book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave, The Girl of Ink and Stars tells the story of Isabella and, her lifelong friend, Pablo’s journey in a search for their missing friend.

The play, written by Satinder Chohan, was created in 2019 specially to be performed in library spaces and produced by The Spark Arts for Children in association with Inspire with funding from Arts Council England. That summer it toured 47 libraries with family audiences gripped by the tale of myths, maps and monsters.  You can find out more about those performances here.

In summer 2020, when the disruption caused by Covid-19 meant our libraries could not host theatre productions, we explored new ways of bringing exciting and imaginative stories to children and families.  Inspire, working with The Spark Arts for Children, wanted to bring writer Satinder’s words to life again. The Spark reunited the team who had so brilliantly created the original theatre production and set about transforming the play into an audio drama. 

From homes or classrooms, the audio drama, allows children be transported to the mythical Isle of Joya and immerse themselves in Isabella and Pablo’s treacherous journey.

For more details about the audio drama click here

About The Spark Arts for Children

The Spark Arts for Children exists to enable children to enjoy the opportunities for discovery offered by the arts as audiences, learners and as creators of their own art. The Spark has been working in partnership with Library Services since 2008, creating performance opportunities, participatory arts programmes and Artists in Residencies within local libraries. In addition, The Spark has developed bespoke commissions of professional performance work which toured to libraries across The East Midlands and beyond.

About the book

Kiran Millwood Hargrave is an award-winning poet, playwright, and bestselling author. Her debut The Girl of Ink and Stars won the overall Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2017 and the British Book Award’s Children’s Book of the Year. It was shortlisted for numerous awards including the Jhalak Prize, the Branford Boase Award and the Little Rebels Prize.

The Girl of Ink and Stars is available to borrow both in libraries and online as an eBook and an eAudiobook.

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