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Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish - Short Play, Drama

Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish

David Wood, Peter Pontzen, Michael Foreman

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Short Play, Drama

10m or f

ISBN: 9780573152054

Book by David Wood
Music and Lyrics by David Wood and Peter Pontzen
Based on the book by Michael Foreman
Here is a topical musical for young people based on the best selling book. Man destroys his world through misuse and disrespect, only to search for a replacement in the stars. In his absence dinosaurs and animals restore Earth's former beauty.

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Short Play


Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences


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Based on the best-selling book by Michael Foreman, Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish is an ever-topical musical play for young people, with an environmental theme.

Man destroys his own world through misuse and disrespect, only to search for a replacement in the stars. In his absence, the Dinosaurs return to Earth to discover desolation and destruction. In this humorous and intelligent story, the dancing Dinosaurs restore the Earth to its former beauty, with the help of the Animal Kingdom. Ironically, when Man returns, he tries to lay claim to the new, blooming planet he has discovered; but he is reminded that this is the same decaying Earth he had ruined and abandoned.


“David Wood’s timely text was brought exuberantly to life by the Whirligig Theatre… a fable about the dangers of abusing the environment”. - Times Educational Supplement

“There is something about the Dinosaurs that is perennially appealing to the young, and it was an inspiration to present Man in his arrogance turning Paradise into a rubbish dump and then seeking escape to the nearest star in a rocket, only to find it complexly arid and barren, proving the theory that the grass is greener on the other side is indeed a fallacy… the message obviously appealed to everyone in the audience… David Wood and Peter Pontzen’s musical play has just the right ingredients to please the young, who filled Sadler’s Wells to capacity the day I attended.” - The Stage

Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish was commissioned by Howell’s School, Denbigh, Clwyd, North Wales, and first produced by the pupils of the school in 1986. The play was subsequently presented by Whirligig Theatre at the Darlington Arts Centre, the Grand Theatre, Swansea and Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London in 1988.



10m or f


Flexible casting

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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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