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George's Marvellous Medicine - Full Length Play, Comedy

George's Marvellous Medicine

David Wood, Roald Dahl

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Full Length Play, Comedy

3m, 2f

ISBN: 9780573700323

Adapted for the stage by David Wood
From the book by Roald Dahl
"David Wood's sparkling new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic gets the ear-splitting, roof-raising response it deserves." – The Stage

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$9.95
: Acting Edition
$17.95
: Large Print
$19.95
: Stage Manager

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Comedy

Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences

75 Minutes

Time Period - Present Day

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Exterior Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Large Stage, Youth/Camp Programs

George lives on a farm, managed by his mother and father. Their lives are thrown into disarray by the arrival of Grandma, who behaves appallingly. George tries to make her 'better' by creating a marvelous medicine, which has the most extraordinary effect on Grandma, who grows and grows until she bursts through the ceiling. George's father realizes that the magic medicine could work on his farm animals, providing extra food to help feed a hungry world. But attempts to make more medicine lead to hilarious and frustrating happenings... The play uses puppets to considerable effect, plus a Giant Chicken, played by an actor.


REVIEWS

"David Wood's sparkling new adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic gets the ear-splitting, roof-raising response it deserves."The Stage

"This new adaptation is marvelous. It has all the ingredients needed for a really good family show... school groups could have lifted the rafters, they were so happy shouting at George!" – Birmingham Mail

"... a classic piece of theatrical magic when the grandmother grows through the roof ..."- Birmingham Post

"... an example of how to engage an audience's attention and keep it right to the end of the show. And beyond." - Whatsonstage.com


George's Marvelous Medicine was commissioned by the Birmingham Stage Company for the 2009-10 Christmas season at the Old Rep, Birmingham, the production then toured throughout 2010 and played a Christmas season for 2010-11 at the Bloomsbury Theatre, London.
Characters

CASTING

3m, 2f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Flexible casting, Roles for Children

CASTING NOTES

Four main characters, plus the Giant Chicken, who can be played by a stage manager.  A Large chicken and optional little Grandma can be played by a child.

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

GEORGE
MUM (MARY KRANKY)
DAD (KILLY KRANKY)
GRANDMA
GIANT CHICKEN
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Videos
  • David Wood on Doing It Yourself

  • David Wood on Getting Started As a Playwright

  • David Wood on Challenges In His Plays

  • David Wood on Roald Dahl

  • Interview with David Wood

Author(s)
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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