On Location with the cast of The Silver Sword

Posted on 20 August 2015

With just over a month until The Silver Sword opens in Coventry, last week saw our Comms team recreate a little piece of Warsaw on the streets off Coventry as we stepped back in time for a 1940s themed photo call taking in some of the city’s best-loved historic landmarks.

Armed with 1940s suitcases, books, period costumes and one very mischevious cockerel named Jimpy, cast members Rachel Flynn, Tom Mackley, Oliver Buckner and Julian Harries were joined by local actress, Katrin Connellan (aged 9) who successfully auditioned for the role of Bronia – the youngest of the Ballicki children – earlier this year.

As well as posing for pictures in our makeshift refugee camp, other locations visited on the day including the Coventry Transport Musuem ‘Blitz Experience’ and the stunning Coventry Cathedral.

Originally written in 1956, The Silver Sword was recently named as one of the top 50 children’s books of all time by The Times. This brand new musical co-production has been adapted for the stage by Susie McKenna and Steven Edis.

Set in the immediate aftermath of WWII, The Silver Sword follows the Polish Balicki children’s search for safety as Europe is divided up and displaced people return to their homelands. Along the way, Ruth, Edek and Bronia meet 14 year old Jan – a boy who, years before, had met their father by chance and been given the family’s precious paper knife, affectionately known as the Silver Sword. Jan’s instructions are to show it to the children, should their paths cross, with the message that their father is still alive and headed for Switzerland.

During their adventures they cross paths with people from every nation as well as animals such as Jimpy the cockerel, Bistro the chimpanzee and Ludwig the dog.

The Silver Sword will make its U.K stage premiere in Coventry from Sat 26 Sept – Sat 3 Oct before embarking on U.K Tour. For tickets, call our friendly Box Office on 024 7655 3055 or visit where tickets are cheaper.