Blooming GorgeousHistory Environment
This humorous musical is a perfect resource for school gardening projects. It is set in the City garden of Thomas Fairchild, an 18th century plantsman a pioneer in plant cultivation.
Busy minibeasts - Wormy, Grub and Maggot, are recycling organic waste to fatten up the vegetables for the cooking pot! But Spud, a tough potato, escapes into the hothouse to hide among the tropical flowers, who are singing about life in the Amazon jungle. Not to be outdone, Spud boasts that his ancestors, the Sweet Potatoes, also came from South America! Meanwhile there's great excitement in the flowerbed - Carnation & Sweet William have produced a new species of plant - a result of Fairchild's cross-pollinating experiment!
After a hard day's work, Fairchild's young apprentices run down to St Paul's to pick apples. Pipsqueak and Old Fruit are ripe and ready to eat and the hungry young gardeners are looking forward to potato stew and apple pie for supper. But Spud is nowhere to be found. Maybe he's not such a tough potato after all!
Age guide: 6 to 11 (KS 1, KS2)
Duration: 30 to 50 minutesCast: 25 to 40 Solo speaking & Group singing parts (* = Solo singing)
Thomas Fairchild (gardener), Peggity (cook), 2 to 15 Apprentices; Minibeasts: Wormy, Grub & Maggot & others
Vegetables: Spud*, 1–4 Tatties, Old Bean, Cabby (cabbage) & Pickle (Onion), Flowers: Aloe Vera*, Lily*, Orchid*, Carnation*, Sweet William* Mule, Apples: Pipsqueak & Old Fruit, Granny Smith etc
Chorus: Ragamuffins, Decomposers, Vegetables, Plants, Trees
Music: 9 songs and dances explore musical styles including folk, rock, blues, nursery rhymes, bossa nova & 2 - part singing.
Recycling, Cycle of Life, Life Processes, Plants, Gardening, Procreation, Cross-fertilization, Minibeasts, Vegetables, Environment, Habitats: Healthy Eating, Cooking, Working Together: 18th Century London, Historical People & Places, Maritine Explorers
Photos of performance by Columba College, Australia (Kelkphoto)
Performance by Thomas Fairchild School at The Worshipful Company of Gardeners AGM, Barbican, London
Review: I would like to express our sincere thanks and praise to you for Blooming Gorgeous. The show was a great success and was loved by everyone. You should be very proud of your work… Sean Kinsella
It is illegal to photocopy or otherwise reproduce any part of 'Blooming Gorgeous'.
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