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Free A Monster Calls Teaching Resources from The Old Vic

By Tom Sanderson
Last updated: June 2020
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A Monster Calls is no longer available to stream online, however you can still use their teaching resources and download the A Monster Calls Education Pack.

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A production shot from The Old Vic's A Monster Calls.
A production shot from The Old Vic’s A Monster Calls.

About A Monster Calls

‘Stories are wild creatures, the monster said. When you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreak?’

A Monster Calls is The Old Vic’s Olivier Award-winning production of Patrick Ness’s piercing novel. The show premiered in 2018, in association with Bristol Old Vic, Jonathan Church Productions and Global Creatures.

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A Monster Calls Synopsis

Thirteen-year-old Conor and his mum have managed just fine since his dad moved to America. But now his mum’s very sick and she’s not getting any better. His grandmother won’t stop interfering and the kids at school won’t look him in the eye.

Then, one night, at seven minutes past midnight, Conor is woken by something at his window. A monster has come walking. It’s come to tell Conor tales from when it walked before. And when it’s finished, Conor must tell his own story and face his deepest fears.

A Monster Calls is suitable for ages 10+, however, please note that the show contains themes that some younger students may find challenging.

Read more about The Old Vic’s production of A Monster Calls.

Free A Monster Calls Teaching Resources

The Old Vic's A Monster Calls Teaching Resources and Education Pack
The Old Vic’s A Monster Calls Education Pack.

A Monster Call Education Pack

The Old Vic has created a bespoke A Monster Calls Education Pack that teachers can download and use for free. 

The teaching resource includes information and background to the show plus rehearsal diaries, interviews and classroom activities. 

The education pack links mainly to Drama and English but can also be used in PSHE and Citizenship to explore themes of emotion, family and grief.

Highlights of the education resource are the rehearsal diaries and interviews with the cast and creative teams. Students can get a glimpse of the work behind creating the production and a glimpse into the company’s devising process.

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A Monster Calls Educational Videos

Your students can further their exploration of A Monster Calls with The Old Vic and Bristol Old Vic’s educational videos. 

The videos explore the production, give interviews with the cast and creative teams and look at the creation of the music.

Students can also hear directly from The Old Vic’s Artistic Director Matthew Warchus speaking to Patrick Ness, Sally Cookson, Adam Peck, Selina Cadell and Matthew Tennyson in a special pre-show talk.

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Devising A Monster Calls

Take a sneak peek behind the scenes at how A Monster Calls was made in this informative little look at the devising process that created the show.

Making The Music for A Monster Calls

Composer Benji Bower breaks down his process for writing the music for A Monster Calls.

Your Old Vic: A Monster Calls pre-show talk

Old Vic Artistic Director Matthew Warchus hosts their first digital Voices Off with Patrick Ness, Sally Cookson, Adam Peck, Selina Cadell and Matthew Tennyson.

A Monster Calls: Exploring the show – Interview with Patrick Ness

Join Patrick Ness, the acclaimed writer behind A Monster Calls, as he explores the origins, the story and the reaction to the show. 

A Monster Calls: What The Audience Thought

Hear the remarkable reactions of the audience to A Monster Calls when it opened in 2018 at Bristol Old Vic.

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How to watch A Monster Calls

A Monster Calls is no longer available to stream online. For more information about The Old Vic’s education offering – see our complete guide below.

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