2018 › Manchester

Past event

Alexis Deacon Performance

How did it go?

We spent a wonderful morning with Alexis Deacon and over 500 children from all over Manchester at the Royal Exchange theatre. Alexis captivated the audience with his brilliant live drawing and fabulous storytelling. We felt like Beegu had actually landed in the theatre from outer space as Alexis enhanced his classic story with brilliant alien sound effects! Waterstones provided a bookstall, where Alexis signed books for the children who were delighted by having their very own little illustration!

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Royal Exchange Theatre, St Ann's Square, Manchester M2 7DH
Thursday 18th October
10:30 am
Approx. 1 hour
Age range:
Years 1, 2 and 3

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Alexis Deacon

Alexis Deacon has always loved to draw and has been keeping sketchbooks since he was a small child, when he would often move from playing games with toys into drawing stories about them.

Alexis started work on his first picture book, Slow Loris, while studying illustration at the University of Brighton. He spent many hours in a zoo sketching a slow loris and then created the story of the creature's secret life after the visitors had gone home. Alexis' second book, Beegu, about a lonely baby alien trying to find its mother on Earth, was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal.

Alexis Deacon may well be Burningham's heir apparent . . . Deacon's poignant and understated text is brilliantly served by his illustrations, which carry distant reminders of some of the best illustrators of the last 100 years and yet still remain uniquely his own.

Dinah Hall, The Sunday Telegraph

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