by alice | Jun 23, 2016 |

We Didn't Mean To Go To Sea

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This summer we have been enthralled with one story in particular. 

This evening we are going to see the Eastern Angles performance of Arthur Ransome's children’s story We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea. This looks to be a fantastic evening with a local trope that has recently become successful as a national model of excellence for rural touring before expanding to tour nationally.

Eastern Angles Logo

We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea is the seventh installment in the Swallows and Amazons series has has been adapted for performance by Nick Wood. Set in Suffolk’s very own Pin Mill, the story follows the Walker children as they wait for the return of their father from China. As usual, the children can’t stay away from boats but their fun turns to high drama when the four young sailors find themselves drifting out to sea.

The performance will be running over the course of the next three weeks at Hush House on Bentwaters Park in Rendlesham.

To book tickets and for further information please see the website or call 01473 211498

You can even stay at Pin Mill in River Cottage (sleeps 4) where We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea takes place. Ransome himself lived across the water at Levington and looked across the water to Pin Mill as he wrote.

We Didnt Mean To Go To Sea

We have also recommended We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea as part of our summer reading list as we think it is an excellent story for all ages to enjoy. If you are holidaying in Suffolk, why not try some Swallows and Amazons inspired activities such as sailing, or simply relax on a river cruise and enjoy the sights.

Swallows and Amazons Poster

Also, keep an eye out for the film adaptation of Swallows and Amazons will be released in cinemas on August 19th this summer. The film is directed by Philippa Lowthorpe who also directed the miniseries Jamaica Inn and several episodes of Call The Midwife. She’s also the first woman to have won a Bafta for Best Director: Fiction in the Bafta Television Craft Awards 2013, so this adaptation looks to be in excellent hands.

Starring Kelly Macdonald, Andrew Scott and Rafe Spall as well as new child actors for the roles of the Swallows and the Amazons, the film was shot on location in the Lake District, Yorkshire and Scotland. The synopsis of the film on the BBC website reads:

“Four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own island in the middle of a vast lake, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone. The battle for ownership of a lonely island teaches them the skills of survival, the value of friendship and the importance of holding your nerve.

Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Lake District, Swallows and Amazons is a heartwarming adventure for all the family.”

The adaptation is set to include a spy twist inspired by Arthur Ransome’s own life events as it is now known that he was an MI6 spy and at one point he was even under suspicion of being a double agent for Russia.

Fingers crossed for the film to be a success so that we might be lucky enough to see adaptations of the rest of the series - including We Didn’t Mean To Go To Sea!


Watch the trailer here.


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