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An Awfully Big Adventure


264 Pages, 11.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $39.95 (US $39.95) (CA $47.95)

Publication Date: December 2013

ISBN 9781909653139

Rights: US & CA

Elliott & Thompson (Dec 2013)

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In 1974, musician and composer Jo Collins met Mary Ward, a teacher and director. With a shared belief in harnessing the creativity in everyone and anyone, they started a theater company. In a chicken shed. The rest, as they say, is history. Forty years on, Chickenshed is a unique theater company that makes beautiful, challenging, pioneering, and inspirational theater, and the concept of inclusion that seemed so obvious to Jo and Mary is now an international movement with a mission to change the world. Thousands of people have enjoyed Chickenshed shows, major figures such as Princess Diana and Judi Dench have supported their work, and many lives have been changed by the company’s ability to bring together young people from all backgrounds, races, and abilities. Chickenshed: An Awfully Big Adventure charts the story of this incredible theater company, to commemorate its 40th anniversary.

Author Biography

Elizabeth Thomson is a contributor to The New Grove Dictionary of Music & Musicians, is the co-editor of critical anthologies on John Lennon, Bob Dylan, and David Bowie, and was responsible for "the director’s cut" of No Direction Home: The Life and Music of Bob Dylan by Robert Shelton. She has lectured at Liverpool University’s Institute of Popular Music and been a Visiting Fellow of the Open University Sixties Research Group. A frequent broadcaster, Thomson is a founding editor of BookBrunch, the daily newsletter and website for the book trade.