Stuff And Nonsense At Christmas – 7 Episodes for Radio

Available now, our favourite Christmas version of Stuff and Nonsense, adapted for radio by John Mills. Seven 30-minute episodes full of great songs and Christmassy Jumblies to entertain and all ages. A celebration of the work of Edward Lear including the well-known Owl and The Pussycat, The Jumblies, The Pobble Who Has No Toes, The Dong With A Luminouc Nose, and many, many more of your favourites.

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And Then There Were Four …

Our Jumblies are so excited to welcome the fourth flexible musical to their ‘Stuff And Nonsense’ Suite …. ‘Stuff And Nonsense On Tour‘.

Stuff And Nonsense On Tour‘ has the same storyline, humour, characters and memorable tunes of the original but has now been crafted for as few as 5 performers plus MD, which makes it ideal for touring or for Festival performance.

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Alternative Versions Give Plenty Of Choice

Was it worth the wait? Definitely! Three versions available for our brand new fabulous family show:

Stuff And Nonsense The Musical’ … ‘Stuff And Nonsense At Christmas’ … ‘Stuff And Nonsense The Jumblies’

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There are three variations of ‘Stuff And Nonsense’ for professional and amateur theatre groups:

  1. Stuff And Nonsense The Musical: two-act performance duration approximately 95 minutes not including the interval; one act performance duration 60 minutes.
  2. Stuff And Nonsense At Christmas: Based on the original Stuff And Nonsense The Musical with the additional overlay of Christmas to give it a festive twist. Two-act performance duration 100 minutes not including an interval; one act performance duration 60 minutes.
  3. Stuff And Nonsense The Jumblies: a sung-through version for resource-rich theatre companies which is the complete collection of songs and dances. (Think CATS without all the fur) In Two Acts with ’Diary-entry’ narrative that tracks Mr Lear’s emotional decline and recovery. Duration approximately 90 minutes.
  Stuff And Nonsense The Musical Stuff And Nonsense At Christmas Stuff And Nonsense The Jumblies
Duration 2 Acts 95 minutes   1 Act 60 minutes 2 Acts 100 minutes 1 Act 65 minutes 2 Acts 90 minutes    1 Act 60 minutes
Script/narration 15 or 11 characters with speaking parts 15 or 11 characters with speaking parts ‘Diary-entry’ linking narrative
Chorus (Jumblies) 4 or 2 part harmonies 4 or 2 part harmonies 4 part harmonies
Music Arrangements Flexible scoring e.g. (3 musicians) piano, guitar, drums or (7 musicians) 3 keyboards, electric and bass guitars, drums. MP3 tracks available
Music Copies Piano Conductor and Vocal Scores. Instrument Parts available as pdf.

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The tumbly Jumblies are waiting to hear from you ….

Early Feedback Causes Delight Amongst The Jumblies

The night after the night before …

‘Highly enjoyable and entertaining’

‘A brilliant production and congratulations to musical director and cast. Some really lovely melodies’

‘It made me look again at Mr Lear’


‘Totally bonkers but hugely entertaining’

‘At last, an intelligent musical’

‘Not sure if it’s for adults or children?’

….  we love this last comment … it’s not for adults or children, it’s for Jumblies everywhere!

Oh What A Night!

Excitement, anticipation.

Nervous energy, tummy-wobblings.

Dry mouth, cold hands.

Audience arrives, plenty of smiles.

Applause and great concentration.

A super evening, heroic performances recorded for posterity.

Will anything come of it?

A wonderful team of tumbly Jumblies bringing the nonsense of Edward Lear to life.


Thanks to everyone who made this possible, here’s to a successful onward journey. xxx

2nd Rehearsal, Same As The First

Another long rehearsal full of optimism and hard work. All the characters are becoming much clearer with different accents and props helping to define each of them. Starting to work well with the revised backing tracks and to enjoy the changes in pace and dynamics that the songs offer. The props list keeps on growing as does our confidence and enjoyment.

Ticket sales going really well – half seats sold already with a month still to go. Reserve your tickets by emailing

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New Band Arrangements Completed!

Adding a glock here, some timpani there, and a rockin’ guitar with super smooth strings has been a great way to really get inside the Sibelius software and understand how it works. Feels a bit like how Adam (Mr Lear) looks in this photo!


New band arrangements now completed for the 17 songs in the musical which will be used as backing tracks for our ‘one night only’ performance (see previous blog entry for detail of how to get your tickets). They will also be used for our ‘live stage recording’ on the night (come and be part of the audience), which we’ll then use to promote the show further.

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