On the day of the famous annual fair, the town of Faldum receives an unexpected visit. A wanderer offers to grant a wish to anyone who wants one. Before long, the city is transformed. Mansions stand where mud huts once squatted, and beggars ride around in horse drawn carriages. And one man wishes to be turned into a mountain…

Written and performed by former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson, I Wish I was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Herman Hesse’s classic fairytale.

Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin?

Adults are kindly requested to leave all answers to these questions at the door. Children, come as you are.

NOTE: This performance will take place in the intimate surrounding of our Studio Theatre where seating is on an unallocated basis.

★★★★ Chris Wiegland, The Guardian
This is a fairytale that doesn’t so much end happily ever after as ask us how the “ever after” affects our daily lives… a short but profound show…which reveals Thompson as a star in the making.

★★★★ Mike Whitton, Stage Talk Magazine
I Wish I Was A Mountain has had a very 21st Century type of gestation, involving a number of co-commissioners and crowdfunding. All those involved should be proud. Enchanting!

★★★★★ Saili Katebe, 365BRISTOL
The show was accessible on so many levels, there was a feeling of ‘we are all in this together’ regardless of age, intellect, or ability

★★★★ Petra Schofield, Theatre Bath
There is a charm about Thompson that is hard to explain. There is a real sense of passion and an earnest need to tell his story. He has a modest and unassuming presence onstage which is both magnetic and beguiling.

Written and Performed by Toby Thompson
Direction and Dramaturgy by Lee Lyford
Designed by Anisha Field

“…a wonderful gift for language, a deep sensibility and a penetrating sense of perspective.”
Sir Ken Robinson. 

IMPORTANT – PARKING: Please note that the public Coal Orchard car park, adjacent to the Brewhouse, will be closed from Mon 1st Oct – Fri 23 Nov for the demolition of the old swimming baths.  We recommend alternative car parking in either Wood Street Car Park (TA1 1UR) or Canon Street Car Park (TA1 1SN).  Both are approx. 10 mins walk from the theatre.


1 November 2018 1:30PM

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Ticket Prices

Full Price from £11.00
Suitable for ages 7 and above

Running Time

45 minutes