Contact me if you want to perform any of these musicals. Synopsis, script extract and music extracts can be downloaded from individual pages on this website.
- Stuff And Nonsense Suite
- Stuff And Nonsense The Musical
- Stuff And Nonsense On Tour
- Stuff And Nonsense At Christmas
- Stuff And Nonsense The Jumblies – The Complete Collection
- Stuff And Nonsense At Christmas – 7 Episodes For Radio
- Stuff And Nonsense – A Pantomime
- The Selfish Giant
- The Moon’s Revenge
- The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase
- The Hobbit
Stuff And Nonsense Suite – Inspired by the nonsense of Edward Lear
A celebration of the nonsense writings of Edward Lear as musical entertainment in 2 Acts for all the family.
Meet Edward Lear – a writer, poet, illustrator, musician and traveller. Author of favourite stories and nonsense-poems for young people, including The Owl and the Pussycat, The Dong With A Luminous Nose, The Jumblies and The Quangle Wangle’s Hat.
Meet the Jumblies – dancing, tumbling characters from Lear’s furtive imagination. Cheerful, smiley, usually-happy, they ferment in Lear’s head, ready for ‘another nonsensing’ so they can burst into life. A world of fun and ditzyness!
‘Stuff And Nonsense The Musical’ explores Lear’s sometimes-troublesome events with his tumbly Jumblies who sing their nonsense stories to illustrate key moments in the narrative.
In Lear’s ‘squirly-whirly’ world we meet his housekeeper – Old Foss (a talking cat), and his physician, Dr Calico who is Hootie Owl in disguise – the plot thickens. In Lear’s imagination we have The Dong and his beloved Jewelly Jumbly, King and Queen Pelican with their shy daughter Dell and her beau – King Crane who, sssh!, has no webs between his toes. Come and meet Jolly Pobble (who has no toes!), ‘hard-of-hearing ‘Aunt Jobiska and the ‘groovy’ Quangle Wangle Quee. All of whom perform with a Jumblies whose ‘heads are green and hands are blue’.
The Selfish Giant – Inspired by the well-loved short story by Oscar Wilde
Meet Selfie, the Selfish Giant. He has no friends, because he is selfish. He has a beautiful garden, but won’t share it with anyone. Because he is selfish. He won’t let the children play in his garden, because he is selfish. He thinks he is happy, but there’s no happiness and laughter in his life. Because he is selfish.
Meet the children, full of laughter and happiness. Playing. exploring, and learning from the world and from each other. They discover Selfie’s wonderful garden and are delighted to play freely and joyously, ranging widely over the flowerbeds. Sometimes too freely!
Then we have human-eating, fearsome-looking Giants seeking assistance with their tribulations but receiving no help from fellow-giant Selfie. Come, meet the fantastic Winter Characters who transform the garden into a cold Winter wilderness.
Selfie returns from seven years of travelling and frightens the children. He ‘builds a wall to keep out all’ from the garden. What are the children learning from this? Will they too become selfish? Will Selfie ever see the need to change behaviour?
‘The Selfish Giant – A Musical’ explores these themes in an emotional and entertaining way, through memorable characters and tuneful dance music. A delightful musical suitable for the whole family.
The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase – Based on the thrilling story by Joan Aiken
Exploring the themes of friendship, treachery, sadness and triumph, ‘The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase’ is an roller-coaster adventure for all the family. Involving howling wolves, adventurous train journeys, an evil governess and …. all the ingredients required for an engaging tale full of twists and turns. Set in a time long ago when wolves roamed the lands freely, it is centred around the lives of two girls, Bonnie and Sylvia who, with the help of a goose-herder named Simon, bring justice to an endeavour full of conspiracy and danger. The engaging songs help propel the story forwards with memorable tunes and words. ‘The Wolves Of Willoughby Chase’ is an crowd-pleasing entertainment for the whole family to enjoy.
The Hobbit – Inspired by the epic novel by J.R.R.Tolkien
Who doesn’t love a fantasy adventure, with an unexpected hero, a wizard, goodies and baddies, dragons and treasure? These are just some of the ingredients of this musical which has catchy songs and plenty of scope for dance and creative staging. Based on Tolkien’s delightful story this is a terrific opportunity for performers and backstage teams to produce something magical and memorable for audiences of all ages. ‘The Hobbit – A Musical’ is an engaging and, at times, frightening quest for our hero – Bilbo Baggins – who steps out of his comfort zone into the challenges of finding treasure with the Dwarves. A happy ending is assured but there’s sadness and excitement on the way to pull audiences through many emotions. ‘The Hobbit – A Musical’ pares back the sometimes-complex world of Tolkien into an adventure with flexible staging and cast numbers for Youth Theatres of varying sizes and ages.
The Moon’s Revenge – Inspired by Joan Aiken’s picture book of the same name
Silly child! Dreaming of becoming a great fiddle-player like your Grandfather. No time for that when you’re an apprentice coach-maker. Silly child! Frightened by the whispers coming from the grandfather clock. It’s all in your head, Seppy. Silly child! Throwing your shoes at the Moon. What were you thinking? And then you were surprised when the Moon got angry! Such dreadful consequences. For you , many years of going barefoot until you’d found your shoes again. For your sister, who was born unable to speak. For your family as they faced the frightening Sea Dragon. Silly child! About time you grew up and became a man!
Set in a quaint seaport in times past, ‘The Moon’s Revenge – A Musical’ tells the journey of Seppy and his sister and his love of music. A coming-of-age tale that captures the innocence and foolishness of childhood which lead to unexpected consequences. With many characters including the dreadful Moon, Prince Of Night, and a hungry Sea-Dragon, this musical has all the ingredients for a heart-warming tale of family, love and growing into adulthood. Full of tuneful and dramatic music and plentiful opportunities for dancing, ‘The Moon’s Revenge – A Musical’ is sure to bring a smile and nudge a few tears from audiences of all ages.