There Was an Old Woman . . .

by  David Wood

Short Play, Drama  /  4m, 2f, 30m or f

Though Mother Shipton's shoe is crowded to its laces, she lives there happily with her brood of children, among them Jack and Jill. Unfortunately, however, the shoe is actually the property of a Giant who lost it, and has been looking for it-- with one bare foot-- ever since. The Great Boon, a genia…

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There Was an Old Woman . . .

by  David Wood

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    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences

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Though Mother Shipton’s shoe is crowded to its laces, she lives there happily with her vast brood of children, among them Jack and Jill. Unfortunately, however, the shoe is actually the property of a Giant, who lost it and has been looking for it – with one bare foot – ever since. One day The Great Boon arrives, a genial and charming, but not terribly efficient, magician, looking for a Circus in which he is due to appear. His attempts to save Mother Shipton and family from the Giant involve the loss of her shoe because he is unable to bring the Giant down to human size and harmlessness without also reducing the shoe. However, after a lot of adventures and muddled magic all ends happily.
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“Delightful characters … whatever you do don’t miss this super summer pantomime.” - Leicester Mercury

“A delightful summer pantomime for young ones up to about the 11 year mark … David Wood – the nation’s king of plays for children - has wondered about that over-productive female housed in an outsize example of footwear.” - Nottingham Evening Post

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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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The Was an Old Woman... was first produced at the Haymarket Theatre, Leicester in 1979

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