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Illustration by Anneliese Juergensen.

Spell of Cold Weather, A

Charles Way, playwright


2 female, 2 male
Originally produced by Royal Exchange Theatre, UK, in 2003
Run Time: 60 minutes
Audience Recommendation: All Ages


Betty and Bob have lost touch with each other, their farm, their animals and their own culture. In the time between Christmas and New Year, Betty and Bob get a surprise. Their little niece Holly needs to come and stay because her Mum is having an operation. When Holly arrives she feels very alone in a strange world with no friends. Things pick up however when she meets Tomos Trickman, a puck like fairy who explains to Holly how the two farmers have forgotten how to sing, dance and play games, and worst of all the refuse to believe he exists and have stopped putting food out for him in the traditional manner. Together Holly and Tomos bring the farm back to spiritual health and the play ends with an unforgettable, magical, New Year’s night party.

“A show that addresses childrens’ intrinsic sense of things unspoken and their capacity to embrace the realm of enchantment.” -Time Out, UK

A Spell of Cold Weather is a winner the Writer’s Guild Award for Best Children’s Play.

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote

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