The Bone Sparrow

Presented by Pilot Theatre in co-production with York Theatre Royal, Belgrade Theatre Coventry, Mercury Theatre Colchester and Derby Theatre

The Bone Sparrow - a photo of a young man looking out to the distance, behind him is a yellow background, with a black cloud (like a thought bubble) with illustrations inside it, on the bottom right is Pilot Theatre's logo
Show Information
Showing on:
Sat 2 April 2022
Approx. 2hrs 45mins, incl. interval
Mercury Theatre
Age Guidance:

An adaptation of the novel by Zana Fraillon by award-winning playwright S. Shakthidharan.

Subhi is a refugee. Born in an Australian permanent detention centre after his mother fled the violence of a distant homeland, life behind the fences is all he has ever known. But as he grows, his imagination gets bigger too, until it is bursting at the limits of his world. The Night Sea brings him gifts, the faraway whales sing to him, and the birds tell their stories.

One night, Jimmie, a scruffy, impatient girl appears from the other side of the wires, and brings a notebook written by the mother she lost. Unable to read it, she relies on Subhi to unravel her own family’s mysterious and moving history.

Subhi and Jimmie might both find a way to freedom as their tales unfold. But not until each of them has been braver than ever before.

Pilot Theatre won Excellence in Touring at the 2019 UK Theatre Awards.  Pilot’s renowned work for young audiences (Noughts and Crosses, Crongton Knights) is fully supported by a range of learning resources.

Click here to download your FREE Digital Programme


We welcome bookings from school and college groups for this show. Our schools rate is £11.50 per ticket, and for every 10 you purchase, you get one free for teachers/assistants. Should you wish to book, please call our friendly ticket sales team on 01206 573948.

Click here to view or download our KS3 Schools Resource Pack

Click here to view or download the GSCE Drama Pack Part A

Post-show Q&A

Join us after the 7.00pm performance on Wed 30 Mar for a 30 minute post-show Q&A session.


Production shots

With an affecting and distinctive narrative voice…[Zana Fraillon] builds a convincing and complete world. Moving and memorable, The Bone Sparrow deserves to be read by all who care about our common humanity

The Guardian

You may also be interested in...

The Comedy Of Errors

Showing: Wed 18 May 2022 - Sat 28 May 2022

In Shakespeare’s screwball comedy, two sets of twins separated at birth unwittingly find themselves in the same city on the same day, leading to a string of...

More info and tickets
Alice in Wonderland artwork
Alice In Wonderland

Showing: Fri 29 Jul 2022 - Sun 14 Aug 2022

A Mercury Production Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Caroll Adapted for the stage by Mike Kenny Music by Ivan Stott Alice is under a lot of pressure. She’s...

More info and tickets

Showing: Fri 07 Oct 2022 - Sat 15 Oct 2022

‘And as much as I try and scrub it out – to love in the right way – I can’t get rid of all these – all these things I feel.’ All Ellis...

More info and tickets