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Selfish Shellfish, The - Full Length Play, Drama

Selfish Shellfish, The

David Wood

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Full Length Play, Drama

7boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573050695

Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Wood
The ecological effects of pollution are seen from the perspective of shellfish in this delightfully told saga. Urchin, Mussel, Starfish, Seagull and the shellfish H.C. fight to survive an oil spill resulting from the collision of ships at sea. The audience is encourage to participate in battles with…

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$14.95
: The Selfish Shellfish

Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Optional Music/Media Fee: $15 per performance


Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Theatre for Young Audiences

FEATURES / CONTAINS

Play w/ Music

Exterior Set

The ecological effects of pollution are seen from the perspective of shellfish in this delightfully told saga. Urchin, Mussel, Starfish, Seagull and the shellfish H.C. fight to survive an oil spill resulting from the collision of ships at sea. The audience is encourage to participate in battles with Sludge and The Great Slick.


REVIEWS

“…probably the most important children’s play of the decade.”The Guardian

“…a poignant, pioneering children’s play.” - The Stage

“…a landmark in children’s theatre…” - Farnham Herald

“…the evident enjoyment of the vast numbers of school children at the opening performance – shrieking with terror at the Great Slick, howling with laughter at the humour, and silently taking in the serious message – was enough to prove the play’s success…” - Chichester Observer

“So how do children react to a play with a serious message? Just one look at their faces gives the answer: they love it.” - West Sussex County Times

“David Wood’s The Selfish Shellfish may be hard to mouth, but it is easy to pronounce it excellent. It played to one of the most discriminating audiences you could find anywhere, a house full of children. Their restlessness was minimal, their participation high and their reception quite ringing.” - Evening Argus

“David Wood’s style of writing makes him a genius as far as children’s theatre goes. Here was a message for conservation that may have been boring if told in the classroom. On stage, however, the message comes home loud
and clear…after seeing the creatures in this show a quiet stroll along the tideline will never seem the same again.” - South Wales Evening Post 


Commissioned by the Farnham Repertory Company, the play was first performed in 1983 at the Redgrave Theatre, Farnham
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7boy(s) or girl(s)

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Flexible casting

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Author
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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