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PLAYS FOR FAMILY AUDIENCES
By Neil Duffield
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.
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
Original songs. READ REVIEWS
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
THE SECRET GARDEN
Straight non-musical adaptation of the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel.
Minimum cast size 6. Previous productions include Nottingham Playhouse and
Polka Theatre for Children, London. Published by SAMUEL FRENCH Ltd.
DANCING IN MY DREAMS
Tells the story of a young wartime evacuee from London, who is
placed with an unwilling foster family in Cheshire. She copes with the
hostility and prejudice by escaping into a world of dancing and the music
of the 1930’s. Commissioned and first produced by Action Transport
Theatre. Minimum cast 5. 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.
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
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.
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
ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Adapted from the Lewis Carroll stories. Minimum cast 3. Commissioned and first produced by
Oxfordshire Theatre Company (2010).
©2002 Neil Duffield, All Rights Reserved.