The Girl of Ink and Stars

the egg, Theatre Royal Bath

“Barra Collins’ script sang, drawing out threads I never imagined, and the cast brought such emotion, playfulness and expansiveness. I cried. The girl next to me cried. The girl next to Tom de Freston whispered lines to herself. Joy.” – Kiran Millwood Hargrave


LAStheatre in association with Bath Spa Productions present

In Spring 2019, LAStheatre created the very first adaptation of Kiran Millwood Hargrave’s award-winning novel ‘The Girl of Ink and Stars’. The show, adapted and directed by Barra Collins, opened to full houses at the egg, Theatre Royal Bath. Audiences called the production “ambitious”, “beautiful”, “compelling” and “visually and physically stunning”.


“They say the day the Governor arrived, the ravens did too. All the smaller birds flew backwards into the sea, and that is why there are no songbirds on the island of Joya. Only huge, ragged ravens.”

Isabella was raised on her father’s tales of the faraway lands he once mapped, Joya’s mythical past as a floating island and the warrior-girl Arinta.  When her best friend disappears, she’s determined to take control of her own story. Guided by an ancient map and her knowledge of the stars, Isabella navigates the island’s dangerous Forgotten Territories. But beneath the dry rivers and dead forests, a fiery myth is stirring from its sleep.


This production of The Girl of Ink and Stars was developed with and performed by final year BA Acting and BA Production students at Bath Spa University.


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