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CHRISTMAS SHOWS

By Neil Duffield
Adapted from Charles Dickens. Minimum cast 6 actors plus several children. Contains traditional carols. Commissioned and first produced by the Octagon Theatre, Bolton 2007/8. Published by Aurora Metro Publications, London. Published: Aurora Metro Press   ISBN 978-0-9551566-8-7   READ REVIEWS
 
THE JUNGLE BOOK
Adapted from the Rudyard Kipling stories. Minimum cast 6. Original songs. Many previous productions – including Dundee Rep, Manchester Library Theatre, Cheltenham Everyman and the Arden Theatre, Philadelphia. READ REVIEWS
The Emperor of China has never in his young life set foot outside his palace in the Forbidden City, and he knows nothing of the world outside. But one day an important visitor arrives and tells him about the Nightingale. Then everything begins to change. Based on a story by Hans Andersen and packed with adventure, songs and humour, The Emperor and the Nightingale is a tale of dragons and tigers, of sacred mountains and stolen treasures, and a little bird who manages to win the heart of an Emperor.  Minimum cast size 5. Original songs. Many previous productions. READ REVIEWS

THE LOST WARRIOR
A magic circle, a dragonfly girl, and a land where time stands still. Drawing on ancient myths and legends, The Lost Warrior is an exciting fantasy which will thrill children and adults alike. Oisin (Usheen) is a young Celtic warrior who guarded the shores of Lough Leane a hundred lifetimes ago. Aideen is a modern day Irish teenager. When fate draws them together, strange things start to happen. Stones talk. Horses gallop across the water. And an army of elves and goblins take to the air. Minimum cast 6. Original songs. READ REVIEWS

THE FIREBIRD
Draws together the threads of three traditional Russian fairy-tales and weaves them into one bewitching and fantastical story which includes a jealous sister, a friendly wolf, a beautiful princess, a house on chicken legs, and the infamous and terrifying witch, Baba Yaga. Minimum cast 5. Original songs. Many previous productions, including The Byre Theatre, St Andrews, The Watermill Theatre, Newbury, commissioned and first produced by The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster. Published by SAMUEL FRENCH Ltd. READ REVIEWS

THE UGLY DUCKLING
Minimum cast 6. Original songs. Previous productions include The Gateway Theatre, Chester, The Dukes Theatre, Lancaster, and M6 Theatre, Rochdale. READ REVIEWS

THE SNOW QUEEN
Armed with her magic mirror, the Snow Queen leaves her ice palace in the land of everlasting night and embarks on a campaign to freeze the hearts of men and women everywhere and destroy spring and summer for ever. Will Kai and Gerda be able to resist looking in her mirror and falling under her spell? A show to melt the hearts of the whole family. Minimum cast 6. Original songs. Many previous productions. READ REVIEWS

ALADDIN AND THE MAGIC LAMP
Minimum cast 6. Original songs. Previous productions by Manchester Library Theatre, Byre Theatre, St Andrews, M6 Theatre, Rochdale. READ REVIEWS

THE ARABIAN NIGHTS
When Sheherazad is brought to the palace to be the Sultan's new bride, her very life depends upon her skill as a storyteller. She tells him of lost cities and buried treasure, of slave girls and robbers, of genies and sorcerers. But will it be enough to save her? Minimum cast 5. Original songs. Many previous productions. READ REVIEWS

THE EMPEROR'S NEW CLOTHES
Adaptation of the famous Hans Andersen story. Set in India at the time of the Raj. Minimum cast 5. Commissioned and first produced by The Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham (2005).

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST
Minimum cast 5. Original songs. Previous productions by M6 Theatre, Rochdale, Action Transport Theatre, Cheshire.

ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Adapted from the Lewis Carroll stories. Minimum cast 3. Commissioned and first produced by Oxfordshire Theatre Company (2010). READ REVIEWS


CHRISTMAS PLAYS FOR AUDIENCES OF YOUNGER CHILDREN

By Neil Duffield

TALES FROM THE MAGIC STORY BOWL
For 3 – 8 year olds. Cast 4. Original songs. Commissioned and first produced by the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. READ REVIEWS

STRIPY TALES
For 3 – 8 year olds. Cast 5. Original songs. Commissioned and first produced by the Octagon Theatre, Bolton. READ REVIEWS

NANNA’S NIGHTINGALE
For 3 – 8 year olds. Original songs. Commissioned and first produced by Action Transport Theatre at the Haymarket Theatre Studio, Leicester. ‘When Sally and her dog, Che, move to their new home they soon make friends with their next door neighbour, Nanna Sidhu, who tells stories to make a young girl’s hair curl. But making friends with Lloyd, who lives in the house on the other side, is not as easy. That is until Nanna Sidhu starts to tell them about the nightingale.’

 














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