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Old Father Time - Full Length Play, Comedy

Old Father Time

David Wood

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Full Length Play, Comedy

12boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573050466

Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Wood
Old Father Time lives in Big Ben and makes sure things happen on time. One day the inconceivable happens: Big Ben stops! The action chases near and far through the centuries until a wicked sorceress helps restart the magnificent clock.…

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Minimum Fee: $75 per performance


Full Length Play


Theatre for Young Audiences


Play w/ Music

Bare Stage/Simple Set

More a musical play for children than a pantomime, yet with lots of audience participation, Old Father Time is set in and around London and in various different centuries. The inconceivable happens when Big Ben stops! Old Father Time, who lives in Big Ben and controls time, realizes that he is locked in combat with the villainous Flying Sauceress, who manages to steal his almanac, containing the mystic secrets of his trade. The colourful storyline takes Old Father Times, his charlady, Mrs. Sparkle, and his Watchdog on a quest through time, involving cavemen, Guy Fawkes, a baby Dinosaur and Dodger and Bodger, a pair of buskers.


“A hit with the kids…a passer-by hearing the deafening response of a packed audience might have been forgiven for thinking that here was a reception committee of weeny-boppers greeting the Osmonds.” - Romford Observer

“David Wood…has an uncanny knack of knowing what children will like...he’s written another winner…completely original storyline.” - Romford Recorder 

"…a roaring response.” - Irving Wardle, The Times

First presented at the Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch in 1976, since when it has become popular with amateur companies and schools.


12boy(s) or girl(s)


Expandable casting


Minimum cast of 12 to play 30 roles

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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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