Young Penguin has come from Iceland to find his Mother and Father. This must be done before the spring weather becomes too warm.
He falls in with Flibberty, a genial goblin, who helps him in his search. They incur the wrath of Krafty Kingfisher, who accuses the Penguin of stealing a fish from him. On their journey the two meet, among others, two Silly Cuckoos busy practising their spring song, a helpful Bus Driver/Conductor, and the famous Mr. Maestro who has come to town to conduct a concert (he can only understand singing, not talking). Eventually the parent penguins are discovered in the zoo. Flibberty and Young Penguin manage to set them free, and to put Krafty Kingfisher in their place.
Everything ends well, even for Kingfisher, as all the characters gather in the Concert Hall to join (with the audience) in a song to spring.
“…ideal entertainment for children of all ages with a strong emphasis on audience participation… pleasing songs … delightful characters… “It’s been exciting, hasn’t it?” asks one of the characters towards the end of the play.
The affirmative reply from the young audience almost took the roof off the top of the theatre… thoroughly entertaining.”
- Birmingham Evening Mail
“… much inventiveness … at one point there is one of the most sustained chases I have ever seen of each other by most of the characters, resulting in a furious frenzy of audience participation… very catchy songs.”
- The Stage
“The children, like me, were entranced by the closing transformation
scene on the first day of spring. This is breathtakingly beautiful and also
strangely moving.” - Thurrock Gazette
“…So perfectly did the audience react … that
one might have thought their responses were part of the script”.
- The Stage
Flibberty and the Penguin was first presented by the Worcester Repertory Company for Christmas 1971-2 at the Swan Theatre, Worcester.