Leave it to Puck!
A new musical by John Mann and Alex Thomas
AT A GLANCE...
A sung-through, one-act musical fairy-tale about what happens when too much fairy dust gets thrown in the mix! 45 minutes of all-singing and all-dancing fun, with potential for puppetry and ambitious choreography.
ROLES: 8m, 5f, with flexible chorus including a number of small speaking roles.
MUSIC: 13 songs (sung-through) orchestrated for 9-piece band. The style is swing/pop/rock with a nod to Disney!
It's four hundred years since Shakespeare put him on the stage and mischief-loving Puck is still causing mayhem in a modern-day enchanted wood. But what happens when his magic misfires, leading a young girl, Willow, and her parents into a life they hadn’t bargained for?
This charming and fast-paced musical plays with the traditional fairy-tale form, using a close-harmony quartet of fairies (Mustardseed, Peaseblossom, Cobweb and Moth) as narrators.
As the play begins, Jack and Jill fall in love and are nudged into a happily married life by Puck. But his meddling soon plunges them into a new life in the city, and Willow's idyllic woodland childhood comes to an end. She endures a tough time as a teenager at the local school before Puck decides to come to the rescue and prove that no problem in life can't be solved some fairy dust and fun.
This is a musically-challenging and exciting show, perfect for schools or youth groups. Young Willow was portrayed through a puppet in the original production; equally, she could be played by a young actor.
Watch the short teaser below from the 2022 Oxford Playhouse premiere.
'...the performers really seemed to enjoy it and that is what came across in spades. They gave everything which is a huge compliment to the piece.'
Bob Chilcott, composer