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Owen Sheers’ UNICORNS, ALMOST

Written by Owen Sheers, UNICORNS, ALMOST is to become an immersive audio experience as part of events commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day.

UNICORNS, ALMOST portrays the short life of Keith Douglas, from his childhood and his four engagements through to his fighting in the Western desert, his accelerated education as a poet and his early death, three days after the Normandy D-Day landings. It is the story of his Faustian pact with a war that would nurture his poetic voice before taking it away. It is also the story of his desperate race to see his poems in print.

The immersive event produced by The Story of Books includes an evocative set, an exhibition and a gallery designed and made at an old tool factory in Normandy by Q Ateliers. Visitors are seated in semi-darkness for the 60-minute recording, almost like stepping into an audio book or a radio play.

The production is directed by John Retallack, with sound design by Jon Nicholls, and with Dan Krikler as Keith Douglas.

The experience opens at Salle Toulouse-Lautrec in Bayeux, France 5-7 June 2019. It will also be coming to Edinburgh later this year. For more information and how to get tickets, please click here.