Poster image for The Girl of Ink and Stars

A tale of maps, myth and monsters

A co-production by The Spark Arts for Children and Inspire: Culture, Learning & Libraries of a new play by Satinder Chohan, based on the book by Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

Forbidden to leave her island, Isabella dreams of the faraway lands her father once mapped. When a girl from the village disappears into the island's Forgotten Territories, Isabella and her lifelong friend Pablo go in search of her.

Following her map and an ancient myth, Isabella discovers that deep beneath the dry rivers and smoky mountains, a fiery legend is stirring from its sleep...

The Girl of Ink and Stars is full of myth, magic and map-making – a story about children, their bravery and their curiosity.

Toured Nottingham/shire, Leicester/shire and Rutland Libraries July / August 2019 click here for tour dates.

During lockdown 2020 The Girl of Ink and Stars was adapted into a gripping audio drama presented over 3 podcasts and was available from October 2020 to October 2021.

Cast and Creatives

"Isabella" - Sally Ann Staunton
"Pablo" and "The Banished Boy" Reece Carter

Directed by Adel Al-Salloum
Designed by Roma Patel
Composed by Craig Vear
Company Stage Manager Kate Bosomworth
Sound Technician Robert Chafer

Production note

The performance was presented through headsets to give an immersive 360° sound experience. Headsets will be provided. Click here for more information.

The sound design for this production used sounds sourced from the Freesound Project . Freesound aims to create a huge collaborative database of audio snippets, samples, recordings, bleeps, ... released under Creative Commons licenses that allow their reuse

This production wishes to thank these people listed here for their generosity, artistry, and skill.

We would also like to thank Tom O'Hare for his excellent guitar playing of the music composed by Craig Vear.