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Abiyoyo & The Musicians of Bremen (2003—5)

Jackson's Lane Community Theatre, Highgate; BAC; Southwark Playhouse; The French Institute; various schools theatres & festivals nationwide

"I liked it because the monster was out of breath and fell on the floor."—Pupil from Dove Primary School, Leicester

Abiyoyo tells the story of a little boy who loves to play the ukulele and of his father who loves playing practical jokes. The town’s people grow tired of their noise and tricks and banish them. When Abiyoyo, the terrible giant appears, the outcasts come up with a plan to save the town.

 

The Musicians of Bremen: This popular story from the Brothers Grimm, is about four discarded animals who decide to change their fates. On their way to Bremen they defeat a band of robbers with their cacophonous music to become the heralded heroes of the town. Plenty of audience participation in both stories.

 

This was Wonderful Beast’s first production of its kind in response to a request for a play for very young children from the artistic director of Jacksons Lane Community Theatre where it premiered.

Credits

 

The story was adapted by Kathrin Boddy from Pete Seeger’s version of a South African lullaby. Additional songs for ‘The Musicians of Bremen’ were written by Sasha Mitchell and Nick Pyall.

 

Dramatist and director: Kathryn Boddy

Revival director: Alys Kihl

Designer: Ruth Paton

Actor/singer: Sasha Mitchell

Actor/singer: Matt Prendergast

Musician, actor: Nick Pyall

 

Lucinka Eisler replaced Sasha Mitchell at Southwark Playhouse, December 2003

 

Comments

 

"Wonderful show. Great entertainment and the children loved it." — Warren Cherniak

 

"We so enjoyed the show. Such energy and commitment. Ernie loved the monster bit best. And Walter loved the robber bit best and I loved it all. So impressed."

— Sophie Thompson

 

"Thank you for making it interesting, affordable and so much fun." — Parent, ‘Sure Start’

 

"A very fun and enjoyable entertainment the story was so nice for both the children and the parent or carer. From the beginning to the end." — Carer, ‘Sure Start’