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Jacqueline Wilson’s Hetty Feather brought to life on stage

PUBLISHED: 10:43 05 January 2016 | UPDATED: 10:43 05 January 2016

Hetty Feather. Credit: Donald Cooper.

Hetty Feather. Credit: Donald Cooper.

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The musical show will be performed in Dartford.

The work of well-known children’s author Jacqueline Wilson will be brought to life on stage in Dartford.

Featuring circus skills, aerial artistry and original songs, Hetty Feather tells the story of a young girl who grows up in the Foundling Hospital after being abandoned there as a baby.

The show charts her adventures - which include spending a night alone locked in an attic, braving the frightening streets of Victorian London and discovering the squirrel house and Tanglefields Travelling Circus.

Speaking about her inspiration for writing the book, Ms Wilson said: “I became involved with the Foundling Museum in London and the director asked me if I’d like to write a story about a foundling child. I thought this was a brilliant idea.”

As well as being made into a stage production, the book has also been adapted into a CBBC series - with scenes filmed at Cobham House in Gravesend.

“I never dreamt that Hetty would be a big success,” Ms Wilson added.

“I just knew I had to write her story. I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed writing a novel so much.

“I didn’t even think about the possibility of adaptations.

“The stage version of Hetty is quite magical – and I’m loving watching the televisions series too.”

And Ms Wilson said that the circus and aerial skills involved in the performance made it interesting for audiences to watch.

“I think it makes the stage show particularly exciting, with a whole new dimension. The first time I saw the show I was totally blown away,” she said.

Phoebe Thomas will be taking on the role of Hetty Feather, reprising the role from the UK tour.

The show is directed by Sally Cookson, with original songs and music by Benji Bower.

Hetty Feather will be performed at the Orchard Theatre from March 23 to 27.

To book tickets or for more information you can visit www.orchardtheatre.co.uk or call the ticket office on 01322 22000.

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