Graeae – The Iron Man Libraries Tour

A performer moves the arm of a small Iron Man model, who's body is made from a book

The Iron Man Libraries Tour

Presented by Graeae and The Spark Arts for Children 

Ted Hughes’ classic modern-day fable of a giant Iron robot and the fearless courage of a young boy named Hogarth is a beautiful tale about friendship, understanding and tolerance.

This new adaptation by award-winning writer Paul Sirett is brought to magical and compelling life by Graeae; created specifically for school audiences, performed in local library settings. Featuring captivating puppetry and playful storytelling this production also integrates British Sign Language and audio description into every performance.

This production follows on from the 2018 sell-out tour of WW1 play ‘The First’.

Touring to local libraries in Leicester/shire, Nottingham/shire and Rutland. Please get in touch to express your interest in booking a performance for your school.

Adapted from the original work by Ted Hughes, published by Faber & Faber, with thanks to the Estate of Ted Hughes.

Check out what Director Nickie Miles-Wildin has to say about The Iron Man and what it has been like adapting it for libraries.


Available: November 2019
Target age: 8 – 11yrs
Curriculum Areas Covered: English, Science, D&T
COST: £90 per class

To book a performance in your school: call 0116 261 6893 or email

  • Performer (SLI)Becky Barry
  • PerformerChloe Clarke
  • PerformerNadeem Islam
  • Adaptor — Paul Sirett
  • Writer — Ted Hughes
  • Director — Nickie Miles-Wildin
  • Designer — Emily Harwood
  • Sound Designer — Jonathan Leitch
  • Puppet Maker — Ruby Gibbens 
  • Set Construction Assistant — James Graham 
Performance schedule

My role

I provided sound design and composition for this childrens show. My main focus on this show was making a childrens show that was exciting and dynamic with lots of influences taken from modern film scoring and sound design.

I also explored using sound effects in score with one of the chase scenes involving percussion from car sounds and mixing metal being hammmered with timpani.