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Illustration by Bethany Cynthia Knowles-Thompson.

Gentle Giant

Michael Morpurgo, author
Mike Kenny, playwright
Stephen McNeff, composer


30 pgs. 2 female, 4 male
Run Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Audience Recommendation: 7+


On an island lives a strange and forbidding giant – the nearby villagers are wary of him, but is he the reason that fish can no longer be caught in the silver lake? Can the Stardust Seller help with magic dust? By accident, one young girl discovers that she can help the giant, and he in turn can help save the village. This charming story has been specially created for young children and the adults in their lives to discover the joy of opera and storytelling in theatre.

“I thought the story was good because it was very emotional.” Stephen, age 11, at the premiere of Gentle Giant at the Royal Opera House

“As well as encouraging us to treat outsiders with understanding rather than suspicion, the tale also conveys that, with a little insight, we can enable nature to heal itself.” The Stage, UK

Classroom Reading Fee: $50 per classroom, per semester
Amateur/Educational Royalty Fee: $75 per performance
Professional Royalty Fee: please inquire for a quote
The royalty fee includes permission to make copies of the perusal script for your cast.

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