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The Old Man of Lochnagar [Paperback]

David Wood


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Oct 1986 Plays for young people
A musical play adapted from the highly successful story written by HRH The Prince of wales for his two younger brothers. The Old Man lives in a cave by a loch in the Highlands of Scotland. We follow his quest to save the Gorms - who use dye from the bristles of thistles to spray the white heather purple - from the menacing Giant Gormless who wants to put them in a circus. He goes under the sea, through the air and into Gorm Grotto, meeting a wealth of eccentric characters, including the Pig Eagle, a grumpy Grouse and a thrace of Loch-Haggis. The Old Man of Lochnagar was premiered by Whirligig Theatre at His Majesty's Theatre, Aberdeen in 1986. Illustrated. (Cast 6m, 6f)

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"It positively bristles with activity, crazed oddities and groan-producing puns... probably his best work to date." -- Ann Nugent, The Stage

"Marvellously inventive. The children adored it!" -- Daily Telegraph

"The sort of magic kids dream of!" -- Western Morning News

It positively bristles with activity, crazed oddities and groan-producing puns... probably his best work to date. -- Ann Nugent, The Stage

Marvellously inventive. The children adored it! -- Daily Telegraph

The sort of magic kids dream of! -- Western Morning News

About the Author

David Wood is an actor, writer, director, producer and composer. Described by Irving Wardle of The Times as the ‘national children's dramatist', he has written and adapted nearly 40 plays for children, including The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, The Gingerbread Man, The Selfish Shellfish, The Ideal Gnome Exhibition, Dinosaurs And all that Rubbish, The Old Man of Lochnagar, The See-Saw Tree, The Witches, Noddy and James and the Giant Peach. Many of his plays and adaptations have been toured by the Whirligig Theatre – the national touring children's theatre company – which he formed with John Gould in 1979.

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