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Photograph of performer Brendan Murphy playing an instrument made of wine glasses
Photographer: Topher McGrillis

Lands of Glass

"Chiming, harmonising, enchanting"
★ ★ ★ ★ The Telegraph

"Sparkling storytelling"
★ ★ ★ ★ The Herald Scotland

Ever heard a glass orchestra? An incredible band invites you to run away to the unforgettable town of Quinnipak.

There you’ll meet the glassmaker, dreaming of a crystal palace, the musician searching for notes only he can hear, and the orphan trying not to grow into the coat that is his destiny.

This music theatre adaptation brings best-selling Italian novelist Alessandro Baricco’s wonderful, hilarious world of imagination to UK audiences for the first time, featuring live music played on specially created glass instruments: marimbas, chimes, bells, even a Sauvignon-blancophone.

Performers: Tom Bancroft, Hannah Boyde, Brendan Murphy, Beccy Owen, Tom Walton
Based on the novel by Alessandro Baricco
Director: Annie Rigby
Designer: Andrew Stephenson
Dramaturg: Rosie Kellagher

Lands of Glass toured to Battersea Arts Centre, National Glass Centre, Summerhall, Northern Stage, Harrogate Theatre, Trouble at Mill (Leeds) and The Lowry from 2014 to 2015. Thanks to everyone who came along and supported us along the way.

Photograph of performer Tom Walton playing glass chimes, lit vivd blue Photograph of performer, Tom Walton looking up, in front of Tom Bancroft on drums Photograph of Lands of Glass cast dancing to Tom Bancroft playing drums Photograph of performer Brendan Murphy playing the Sauvignon-Blancophone, wine glasses instrument
Photograph of performers Hannah Boyde and Tom Walton looking at a pair of shoes Photograph of performer Hannah Boyde reading a notebook Photograph of performer Beccy Owen singing Photograph of director Annie Rigby holding out a copy of the novel, Lands of Glass


Take a peek at Lands of Glass with these photos taken at Northern Stage by Topher McGrillis.



See how it all began. Check out this film of work-in-progress at Battersea Arts Centre in May 2013.

Produced by Little Mighty in association with Northern Stage. Developed at Battersea Arts Centre

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