I am delighted to be working with Rachel Fentiman and Howard Tampling at Maverick Musicals and Plays who have published two of my plays and will shortly be publishing Raising Tut under the title “An Egyptian Whodunnit”.
Oceans & Emotions is a pirate-themed musical written specifically for our Year 3 & 4 pupils. Amongst all the colour, fun and razzmatazz of quirky characters, there are serious themes explored: wellbeing, mindfulness, anger management, mental toughness, anxiety, depression, and the four happy chemicals of dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin and endorphin. These last four hormones, together with Calypso, appear as muses to guide the fellow pirates through the choppy seas of self-doubt and beyond. Sailing the treacherous seas is a metaphor for life and, so long as we take the rough with the smooth (or the yin with the yang) all will be well! But will the two stowaway kids (Molly and Edward) make it safely home to their parents on Paradise Island? And what will become of the evil Captain Scallywag? Will Redbeard be cured of his anger? Will Dr Chopitov ever get any patients to visit him?
A child named Zeeco tries to turn around a dystopian community by starting a simple allotment. It’s an uphill struggle at first but with the help of some nearby talking animals and plants their plan comes to fruition. There is opposition from the baddie, Baron von Slick, who learns that there is oil under the allotment. The Baron wants to purchase this land at any cost, even if it means poisoning the nearby stream and sending in their henchmen to trash the place. This behaviour galvanises the local community into action and they know that a decision is soon to be made on the future of the land…
Wasteland aims to be both fun and thought-provoking yet a serious message runs throughout proceedings. It aims to raise awareness of various ecological issues; its ultimate objective however, is to encourage people to want to love, and therefore respect, planet Earth.