Review of 'His Dark Materials' by Nicholas Wright, National Theatre, London
No one ever said it was going to be easy - epics never are. One of the strengths of Philip Pullman's trilogy was the vast and complex nature of the worlds he created. Lyra and Tom both live in Oxford but Lyra's Oxford is very different to the one we know. In her world everyone has a personal daemon (a spirit-like animal) attached to them, which can change in childhood but whose nature becomes fixed during adolescence.