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Save the Human - Full Length Play

Save the Human

Tony Husband, David Wood, Peter Pontzen, Tony Husband

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Full Length Play

8m or f

ISBN: 9780573050909

Based on the story by Tony Husband and David Wood
Book and Lyrics by David Wood
Music by Peter Pontzen and David Wood
Lyrics for "Rock 'n' Roar" by Tony Husband
Long, long ago humans ruled the world, but they made a terrible mess of it. Wars and pollution nearly destroyed all of them. Now the animals are in charge and they have started a worldwide campaign to save humans from extinction.

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Full Length Play

Theatre for Young Audiences


Play w/ Music


“A first rate show for children … colourful, entertaining and thought-provoking.” - Sunderland Echo

“David Wood’s children’s plays offer entertainment with a message, but never one that is hammered home remorselessly. Save the Human features a world that has been ruined by mankind and taken over by animals. The animals make the same mistakes – including experiments on pet humans – and the whole cycle starts all over again. There’s an air of Orwell’s Animal Farm in the way animals are used to satirise human failings. But the questions asked about matters such as vivisection, intolerance and even the price of fame, are cleverly buried in pure entertainment.” - Bristol Evening Post

“Wonderfully astute conception.” - Northern Echo

“Although Save the Human does not miss out a thing environmentally, it still avoids the danger of preaching to a young audience. A cartoon-style staging, mime, music, audience participation and a splattering of slapstick all add up to a play that is visually stimulating as well as intelligent. The young audience waved their animal masks and sang, booed and hissed at the evil Professor Rhino, and were completely carried along with Becky Bear’s campaign to Save the Human.” - Torquay Express

Commissioned by Cambridge Theatre Company, who first performed the play at the Arts Theatre, Cambridge in 1990


8m or f


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David Wood

David Wood

David Wood has been called "the national children’s dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide, and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, Aladdin, Hijack Over Hygenia, Jack the Lad, Larry the Lamb in Toytown, Old Mother Hubbard and The Ideal Gnome Expedition. Among his adaptations are eight Roald Dahl stories (The BFG, The Twits, The ... view full profile

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