Tin Soldier

Hans Christian Andersen’s first ever children’s story is about two people who find each other in a rough tough world, although, like winter, nothing lasts forever.

A new version by acclaimed writer of young person’s theatre Mike Kenny (The Railway Children), working with award-winning Russian puppet designer Victor Nonenko and featuring original music from award-winning folk duo Bella and the Bear and critically acclaimed music producer Audrey Tait.

Birds of Paradise’s new Christmas show is a magical tale of derring do, devotion and never giving up.

Each show makes creative use of Audio Description and British Sign Language.

The Studio, Edinburgh Festival Theatre
7th – 23rd December 2017


It was great for the children to experience the processes of making a production. They look forward to seeing its development.

Over 2017 BOP are working to explore how we apply Creative Access within a children’s show. This is creating lots of exciting possibilities and we will be working with young people as well as schools and other arts companies throughout 2017.

At the end of some development days in January we invited a small audience of young people to see excerpts of the work in development. These young people are our Young Advisers and they will be invited back during rehearsals to test out the work with us. We are looking for more young advisers and in particular for young disabled people so if you are interested and would like to get involved please get in touch.

Mabel liked how you got everyone involved. Morris liked the educational sign language element. Morris liked how the music fits with the story.

The Tin Soldier – Fri 20 January 2017 – Festival Theatre, Edinburgh (photographer – Andy Catlin)

They are desperate to see the full show.

You can read our full internal evaluation from the development week here The Tin Soldier – Jan 2017 – Development Evaluation.docx