the egg

I Wish I Was A Mountain

  • 21 - 30 September

Event Information

Thursday 27: 10am & 1pm
Friday 28: 1pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 29: 11.30am & 3pm
Sunday: 30: 11.30am & 3pm

Running Time:
45 minutes (no interval)

Relaxed performances:
Thursday 27: 1pm
Sunday 30: 3pm

Signed Performance:
Friday 28: 7.30pm

Touch Tour: available on request contact: laura.knight@theatreroyal.org.uk

“Stunning … A profound show that reveals Thompson to be a star in the making … few shows have been so entrancing” The Guardian

★★★★ “Something very special … the effect is magical” StageTalk Magazine

★★★★ “The combination of speech, music and a glorious design from Anisha Fields brings a magical quality to the production which is both hypnotic and inspiring” TheatreBath

“A piece of magic … The tone of this pocket-sized beauty is gentle, thoughtful, beguiling and warm. It’s full of music and surprise-giving mechanics, from pop-up books and plywood village houses that just keep giving” Bristol 24/7

“Blending conversation, rap, rhythm, rhyme and music, Toby’s engaging style and inventive approach takes everyone with him into the story, which delights younger members of the audience and intrigues the older listeners” Fine Times Recorder

On the day of the famous annual fair, the town of Faldum receives an unexpected visit. A wanderer offers to grant a wish to anyone who wants one. Before long, the city is transformed. Mansions stand where mud huts once squatted, and beggars ride around in horse drawn carriages. And one man wishes to be turned into a mountain.

Written and performed by former Glastonbury Poetry Slam Champion Toby Thompson, I Wish I was a Mountain uses rhyme, live music, and just a smattering of metaphysical philosophy to boldly reimagine Herman Hesse’s classic fairytale. Do we really need the things that we need? What do mountains feel? How did time begin? Adults are kindly requested to leave all answers to these questions at the door. Children, come as you are.

Adults: £9
Children & Students: £8
Schools: £6.50 plus 1 free teacher for every 10 booked (11th ticket free)
Groups: (10 plus) please call 01225 823409 to book

Friday 21: 7.30pm
Saturday 22: 11.30am & 3pm
Sunday 23: 11.30am & 3pm
Thursday 27: 10am & 1pm
Friday 28: 1pm & 7.30pm
Saturday 29: 11.30am & 3pm
Sunday: 30: 11.30am & 3pm

Relaxed performances:
Thursday 27: 1pm
Sunday 30: 3pm

Signed Performance:
Friday 28: 7pm

Touch Tour: available on request contact: laura.knight@theatreroyal.org.uk

  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • The recommended age ranges are for your guide only. We suggest you stick as closely to them as possible for the benefit of other audience members.
  • Lap seats are available at £1.50 (including booking fee) for infants aged 0 – 2 years;  all patrons including infants must have a valid ticket. Lap seats are not available on performances recommended for children aged 0 – 2 years
  • All bookings will incur a Booking Fee of 50p per ticket regardless of whether the booking is made in person at our Box Office, by post, by phone or online and applies to all payment types.


Based on “Faldum”, a Fairy Tale by Hermann Hesse

Co produced by the egg and Travelling Light Theatre Company
Co-commissioned by Brighton Dome and Imaginate

Written and Performed by Toby Thompson
Direction and Dramaturgy by Lee Lyford
Designed by Anisha Field

Supported using public funding Arts Council England

Sponsored by:

The Tulip Partnership,  Swainswick Explorers

Alison Allum, Andrew Grant, Bel Mooney, Edward Cima, Emma Firman, Frances Macadam, Ian Ross, Jane Sen, Janine Woodcock, Michael Holness, Monita Sen, Simon Thompson, Steve Mallett, Sue Richardson.

Hannah Newton, Charly Cox, Chris Brown, Chris Elwell, Jenny Etches, John Joekes and Caroline Rudge, Julia Marshall-Wessendorg, Penny Hay, Peta Waddington, Peter Brown, Phil Layton, Pippa Walkes.


  • the egg box office open 9am – 6pm Monday – Saturday (Sunday if there is a performance)
  • All plays are performed in English and take place in the egg auditorium unless otherwise stated.
  • Nearby parking space for Blue Badge Holders
  • Level access into building
  • Lift to all levels
  • Adapted toilets
  • Sennheiser Infra-Red Audio System in auditorium
  • Hearing & Guide Dogs allowed
  • Wheelchair spaces in the Stalls only (Accompanying persons pay discounted price)
  • Breast Feeding Friendly


Relaxed Performances – Open to everyone, but specifically adapted for children with an Autistic Spectrum Condition, individuals with sensory and communication disorders, those with learning disabilities and anyone who would benefit from a more relaxed environment.

Full terms and conditions of ticket bookings can be found here