Porridge - By Craig Hawes
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‘A clever story, hilarious script and fabulous songs that our whole school loved performing. The parents and pupils are still talking about it - a spectacular success!’
- JH, Head Teacher, North Wheatley Primary School, Retford.
Craig Hawes, author of Pirates Of The Curry Bean, serves up his funniest show ever with Porridge - the stirring musical comedy that begins "Once upon a crime"!
When a crime wave hits Happy Valley, there’s a caseload of mysteries to be solved! Who’s stolen Ma Hubbard’s recipe book? Who’s kidnapped Marigold the cow? And what dirty secret is Papa Bear hiding behind his Porridge empire? It’s down to Private Detective Jack Spratt to uncover the terrifying truth in this tale of mystery, mayhem and breakfast cereal!
Join Jack, Goldie Locks and a cast of crazy characters including barmy billy goats, loopy lumberjacks, a potty police squad and a runaway cow in this brand new side-splitting musical comedy. It’s a familiar tale, told like you’ve never heard before with familiar fairytale folk brought to life as you’ve never imagined! Porridge has all the ingredients of a delicious production - packed with spoonfuls of sparkling songs and bowlfuls of belly-laughs, this hilarious show will leave your cast and audience wanting seconds and shouting for more!
Contains 42 speaking roles and 4 non-speaking roles (easily expanded or reduced) with unlimited chorus parts. Easy to stage and costume with easily manageable props. CD of Backing Tracks (with essential sound effects) and CD of Vocal Tracks available (no pianist required!). Both these CDs include Overture, ALL Songs, Special Effects, Play Ons and Play Offs in the order you need them enabling production and direction to take place without specialist musical expertise.
Alternatively, for those of you who prefer a live pianoforte accompaniment, we now have available a superb brand new Performance Score which encompasses Overture, ALL Play Ons and Play Offs, Songs, Link Music, Cues and Chord Symbols (Grade 6 standard). A Grade 2/3 standard Rehearsal Score is also available. "Porridge" is suitable for ages 7 to 11 years (Key Stage 2).
A BRAND NEW product called "Sing it!" is now available to accompany Porridge. This CD-ROM teaches the songs to the children without any teacher input. Children can use it at school or at home (think of the time it will save you!). Children LOVE learning this way and the product is foolproof. Just give it to the children and they’ll do the rest. For more details about the new "Sing it!" CD-ROM, please see the video below (well worth watching).
Also available for Porridge is another BRAND NEW product called "Dance it!". This choreography DVD teaches the children the dance steps for the songs in Porridge. Watch each song performed by a group of age-appropriate children in two different versions; a full speed ‘Performance’ version and a slowed down ‘Step By Step’ version with helpful narration to guide you through the dance. Introduced by Craig Hawes, the DVD is also packed with lots of handy hints for teaching dances. Absolutely no previous experience or expertise is needed!
Also available is a CD-ROM of Backdrops, which contains instant scenery with digital backdrops supplied in both a PowerPoint presentation and as individual JPG files. No more scenery painting! These images may be projected onto a screen or wall at the back of your stage or hand them to a local printer to print onto large boards or sheets in order to create your stage backdrops. They're also useful to print off for cast and stage crew to familiarise themselves with the sets and scene changes. The CD-ROM of Backdrops contains a different backdrop for every scene change.
Approximate Duration: 60 minutes