The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner is a musical play for child audiences. The insects live in a busy world in the garden. Their existence, however, is always overshadowed by the humans – the Big Ones. Infuriated by constant “spraying” the unattractive Slug, Greenfly and Maggot call for rebellion, strikes, ruination of the garden. The others, the ‘pretty’ insects – Red Admiral, Ladybird and Bumble Bee – oppose this and war is declared. Glow Worm and Ant reluctantly become involved.
Fortune swings one way and the other in a series of bitter campaigns. The garden goes to ruin and the Big Ones decide to build a garage on it. This brings the insects to their senses. They combine to restore the garden to its original beauty and thus preserve their home.
“A milestone in children’s entertainment.” - Theatre Review
“…guaranteed to rouse most juvenile hearts to frenzy of passion…during the interval I heard under-tens earnestly discussing the issues raised in the play…good songs…highly recommended…child’s play to warm the
hearts of all.” - Daily Express
“…something fresh and worthwhile in children’s shows, which really tries to break new ground…entertainingly original…there is no better show for ages up to, say, 11.” - Daily Mail
“…a new kind of audience participation…instead of goodies and baddies, we meet rivals who attract cheers and boos of equal vehemence…the contention in the audience when Ant changed sides must have been heard at St. Pancras, if not King’s Cross…child audience cheer insect contest.” - Daily Telegraph
“David Wood’s suspense-filled delve into the insect world that is prey to human carelessness, indifference and cruelty.” - Daily Mail
“An up-to-date story decked out with all the best ingredients for enchantment and delight.” - Bath Chronicle
First presented by the Worcester Repertory Company at the Swan Theatre, Worcester for Christmas 1970.