Taliesin Live - The King of the Sky


The King of the Sky

More family fun comes from Pontardawe Arts Centre, and Director, Derek Cobley’s The King of the Sky, written by Nicola Davies. A Magical Tale with music, for anyone over the age of 6 years. The King of the Sky is a story of displacement and belonging, about an Italian boy coming from Rome to the Welsh valleys in the 1920s to open a café with his family. Everything is unfamiliar and he feels lonely in his new surroundings until the day he meets Mr Evans - a retired miner - and his flock of racing pigeons. He discovers that you can find friends in the most unexpected places and make anywhere your home.

Age recommendation 6+

running time approximately 55minutes.


Tickets £8.50, family ticket £31 (2 children & 2 adults or 13 children & 1 adult).

School price £7.00 per pupil (one teacher free with every ten pupil tickets booked).

Friday 27 May 1pm & 7pm

Prices and Times:

Fri 27th May

1pm & 7pm

Pricing Information:

Full price:£ 8.50
Family price:£ 31.00
Schools.:£ 7.00

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Nicola brings a wealth and depth of experience to this production as she’s written over 40 children’s books that include poetry, fiction and non-fiction. The themes in her books mainly looks at the natural world and the human relationships within them, these themes run throughout her work and shows the interesting and entwined connections that entail, she draws on her background as a trained zoologist which brings wisdom to her work.  She is renowned for tackling difficult subjects and making them digestible for children which is covered perfectly in this piece of theatre. Nicola is Abergavenny based and did her degree at Kings College, Cambridge, she’s worked as a field biologist studying geese, bats and whales.  She also has a background in writing for television where she presented and wrote for the BAFTA award winning Really Wild Show which is a firm favorite with youngsters. 
She also works with children in schools across the UK and abroad, running writing workshops and promoting children’s literacy.

The Story

An Italian boy comes to live in a Welsh mining village,  where his parents fleeing from Mussolini’s Italy move to start a new life introducing pizza, ice cream and coffee to a welsh mining town.   The boy feels lost and alone as his parents struggle to make their café a success.  The cooing of Mr Evan’s champion racing pigeons reminds him of a sunlit Roman piazza and draws him into an unlikely friendship with the old man

and help him to discover a new identity. 

Together, they pin their dreams on a race across Europe and the special bird they hope can win it, ‘The King of the Sky’.   But what will happen when the bird is sent across Europe to race back to the valleys town from Rome?  Will the boy’s fragile sense of belonging unravel or will everyone find a new sort of freedom in the cloudy skies above the hills.

This is a story about the meaning of home and finding friends where you don’t expect to.


Nicola Davies talks to The Western Mail about ‘King of the Sky’ - http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/whats-on-news/skys-limit-new-play-welsh-9607135


Blog by Nicola on how the performance came to life for the paper to the stage in May 2015 resulting in a sellout performance at The Hay Festival