Blue Planet by Andri Snaer Magnason

The play Blue Planet by Andri Snaer Magnason will be playread at the Cochrane Theatre on 22 June at 12:00.

On a blue planet far out in space there are no adults, only children. They are wild children who play when they want to and go to sleep when they are tired, without anyone telling them what to do. Then a mysterious man lands on the planet, and teaches them how to fly when the sun shines by flicking the dust off butterflies’ wings. Their non-stop fun, fun, fun seems perfect until the kids discover its impact on the other side of the planet. A perilous adventure ensues, taking the children through dark forests, deep valleys and skies of blue. Their friendship and ingenuity are put to the test as never before in the most dangerous adventure a child could imagine. Blue Planet, complete with flying children, is as delightful an exploration of global responsibility as one could ever hope to see.

Blue Planet is an adaptation by Magnason of his children’s book The Story of the Blue Planet. The book has been published in more than 14 countries and won Magnason a number of awards, including the West Nordic Literature Prize 2002, the Janusz Korczak Honorary Award and it was the first children’s book to win the prestigious Icelandic Literary Prize. The play also won Magnason the National Theatre Prize for New Plays. Blue Planet received its first North American production at The Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People in Toronto in January, 2005. The Toronto production is nominated for 5 Dora Awards.

Andri Snær Magnason was born in Iceland in 1973. He received his BA in Icelandic Literature in 1997 and has worked as a writer ever since. He has written novels, poetry, plays, short stories and essays. His work has been published or performed in more than 18 countries. His latest novel, LoveStar was chosen “Novel of the year” by Icelandic booksellers in 2002. Andri has collaborated with various artists on musical projects, mostly with a band called múm. Andri is vice-president of The Icelandic Writers Union, board member of The Culture House in Reykjavík and is an active environmentalist. Andri lives in Reykjavik, Iceland with his wife and two children.


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