Red Earth (previous production Mirror Mirror) will bring their characteristic warmth and comedy to an icy tale that is alternately funny and profound.

Red Earth Theatre in association with Arena Theatre Wolverhampton and Derby Theatre present



adapted from the book by Russell Hoban

Illustrated by Alexis Deacon


Dig out your snowshoes for an Arctic Adventure with live music and songs, 3D and shadow puppets, creative captioning, integrated sign language and song, plus the cosmic brilliance of the Northern Lights.


Set somewhere north of the Arctic Circle, Soonchild is the story of a shaman known as Sixteen Face John who feels out of step with the modern world. John’s wife is expecting a baby, but the Soonchild refuses to be born until she can hear the World Songs – special music that is essential for the world to exist.


So, John sets out on a quest which takes him through many life-times, and thrilling encounters with a constellation of cool characters and animal spirits – including the most magnificent of all Polar creatures: the Ice Bear. John must find the World Songs for Soonchild and save the world, before it’s too late.



So big-hearted, this show will melt an iceberg.


Soonchild sparkles with Red Earth’s dynamic performance style, puppetry and physical comedy. All wrapped around with exquisite folk fusion music from Threaded and the glorious light patterns of the aurora.


About the book…

“Magical.” The Sunday Times

“Will truly delight both adults and children.” The Irish Times

“Hoban is the best sort of genius.” Patrick Ness, The Guardian.

Tags: October, Family,


Second Space


26 October


£8 (£6 child and under 26)

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