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Full Length Play, Dramatic Comedy
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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
Full Length Play
Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Period
Time Period - 1950s, Victorian (British and American)
Settings Of Play - Most of the play takes place in a Victorian house and garden in East Anglia. The action moves between the 1880s/1890s and the 1950s.
Unit Set/Multiple Settings
No Special Cautions
Fairy Tales, Friendship, Illness/Health, Parenting/Family
Appropriate for all audiences
High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
This play is an adaptation of Philippa Pearce’s 1950s classic boy’s nightly voyage to a Victorian past. Quarantined in his Aunt’s and Uncle’s stuffy flat because his brother has measles, Tom is restless and bored.
Intrigued by a Grandfather clock, religiously wound by the elderly owner of the house, Mrs. Bartholomew, Tom is startled one night to hear the clock strike thirteen! Slipping out of bed he goes to what in his time is a concrete backyard, only to discover a beautiful Victorian garden of the 1880s.He meets the unhappy orphan, Hatty, who initially is the only person who can see him, and he visits her each night at the same hour, writing enthusiastically to his brother, Peter, about his adventures. But although Tom stays the same exuberant 10-year-old, Hatty grows into a young woman during these visits. Before the story can reach its outcome, Tom has to return to his parents, but the truth is revealed in a touching denouement.
Tom's Midnight Garden premiered at the Unicorn Theatre at the Pleasance Theatre, in London in 2000 under the direction of Tony Graham.
Ensemble cast, Reduced casting (Doubling Possible), Features Children
Doubling for cast of 8 (5m, 3f) Tom Aunt Gwen/ Susan Uncle Alan/ Abel Hatty Mrs Bartholomew/ Aunt Grace Hubert Melbourne/ Baity James Melbourne/ Ely Cathedral Tower Guide/ Angel (in nightmare)Edgar Melbourne/ Peter Skaters, Sightseers and other roles to be played by the ensemble
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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