The Pied Piper (Wood)

by  David Wood, Dave Arthur, Toni Arthur

Full Length Play, Drama  /  5m, 3f, 20m or f

The Piper, as a modern busker, delights the children with his music. Their parents soon put a stop to the energetic dancing. Music has been banned on this street for hundreds of years. The townsfolk act out the story of the Pied Piper, but the Piper once again enchants the children with his music. I…

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    5m, 3f, 20m or f
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    Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales

Additional Info

The Pied Piper is based on the traditional tale made famous by Robert Browning, and uses much of Browning’s poem. This adaptation has the Piper making his first appearance as a modern busker, delighting the children with his music. Their parents, though, are not so delighted and soon put a stop to the energetic dancing, telling the children and the busker that music has been banned on this street for hundreds of years. The children ask why. In reply, the townsfolk act out the story of the Pied Piper, playing their medieval counterparts and involving the children and the busker as the Piper. But when the tale is told, the Piper once again enchants the children with his music, and the horrified townsfolk suddenly realise that he has come back to claim his fee, refused to him all those years ago. All ends happily, however, for it seems that, consumed by guilt, the medieval townsfolk put aside the thousand gilders, just in case the Piper should ever return. The Piper accepts his fee, and frees Hamelin from his curse at long last. 
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Reviews

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“A magical musical show with lots more than a touch of mystery, a spice of terror and lots of happy tunes to send the audience home happy…children love it.” - Evening Herald

“This interpretation of Browning’s famous poem has the joy of invention as, with wit, song and dance, the haunting strains of the pipe adopt a hypnotic quality.” - Express & Echo

“Wood has retained the darker undercurrents of the original, which gives the piece more depth and solidity than many ‘Christmas Shows’.” - Event South West

Videos

  • David Wood on Doing It Yourself
  • David Wood on Getting Started As a Playwright
  • David Wood on Challenges In His Plays
  • Interview with David Wood
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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

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  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music

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5m, 3f, 20m or f
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  • Flexible casting

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Piano/Vocal Score

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Authors

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 Expeditio ...

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Dave Arthur

Dave Arthur

Toni Arthur

Toni Arthur

The Pied Piperwas commissioned by Orchard Theatre and Plymouth Theatre Royal, and first produced by Orchard Theatre at the Octagon Theatre, Yeovil in 1988

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