(5M,4F or 4M, 5F + Chorus)
||Her son. Principal boy.
||Her other son.
||Vile Lady of the Manor. Double act
||Her ghastly son.
||Her lovely daughter. Principal girl
|| The Magic Goose
||Queen of Gooseland.
- CHORUS of children and/or young adults as CIRCUS PERFORMERS,
GOBLINS and GOSLINGS.
- CASTING NOTE: This version of MOTHER GOOSE has been
written for a cast
of nine principals and a small chorus, but will also suit a larger
Most of the principals double in the Opening Chorus (as circus
With a larger company, a separate Chorus, of whatever size, can be used
the opening, as well as for fleshing out a number of other scenes
Transformation, the Goblin Ballet, the second Circus scene and the
- DESIGN AND PLOT NOTE: This pantomime has a Victorian
'framework'image should be of a Victorian Theatre. The Demon Magician
a Circus Troupe and specialises in magic tricks, which are integral to
actionof the show
Two FRONTCLOTHS (One would suffice) :
Four MAIN SETTINGS:
- VILLAGE with CIRCUS The Circus
Troupe brings its caravan to Town.Set
includes exterior of Mother Goose's Cottage
- MOTHER GOOSE'S COTTAGE
Interior.(At first: humble and homely. Later:
garish and in the worst taste.)
- THE MAGIC POOL Set in the
Goblin Glade. (The Transformation)
Fairy Feather's Domain.
The designs and staging (including the magic effects) can be as
or as simple as resources allow.
- Seventeen Numbers. The original songs and music are scored
for two keyboards
and percussion, but can be tailored to suit resources.
First performance of this new version of MOTHER GOOSE:
-8th December 2001.
is the second time that Colin Wakefield and Kate Edgar have written
and directed this oldest of pantomime stories at Salisbury,
so it was an additional challenge to find an approach that was new but
to the tradition. They have managed it superbly."
(BLACKMORE VALE MAGAZINE)
was really good. The baddie was the best character - he had really
good eyebrows. The songs were funny and the jokes were good. I really
enjoyed the magic."
(Jonathan Adcock, Aged 11. Quoted in
the WESTERN DAILY PRESS)
script for this version of MOTHER GOOSE (The Pantomime with Magic) is
now published by Double Honours Publications, and is available for sale
on Amazon, but enquiries should still be addressed to JOSEF WEINBERGER
PLAYS (020 7580
2827), who handle all contracts and from whom inspection copies are