At dawn, Fairchild and his apprentices can be seen working away, alongside the Minibeasts who are recycling organic waste to fatten up vegetables for the cooking pot! Spud, a tough potato, escapes into the hothouse to hide among the tropical flowers. He boasts that his sweet potato ancestors also came from the jungles of South America! Meanwhile, there is great excitement in the flowerbed. Carnation & Sweet William have been experimentally cross-pollinated and have produced a new species of plant! In the evening, the apprentices go scrumping for apples down by St Paul's. They're looking forward to potato stew and apple pie for supper. But Spud is still nowhere to be found!
This fun musical is a perfect resource for school gardening projects. It describes a day in the City garden of Thomas Fairchild, an 18th century gardener who had a great interest in children's education.
Age guide: 5 to 11 years (KS 1, KS2), Duration: 30 to 45 minutesCast: 25-40 solo & group speaking & singing parts:People Thomas Fairchild (head gardener), Peggity (cook), Apprentices
Minibeasts Wormy, Grub & Maggot & others
Vegetables Spud, Tatties, Old Bean, Cabby (cabbage) & Pickle (onion) & others
Flowers Aloe Vera, Lily, Orchid, Carnation, Sweet William Mule & others
Apples Pipsqueak & Old Fruit, Granny Smith etc
Class Choruses: Ragamuffins, Decomposers, Vegetables, Plants, Trees
Music: Styles include folk, rock, blues, nursery rhymes, bossa nova & 2-part singing.
Curricular Content: 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
A Performing Licence is required to perform Blooming Gorgeous to a public audience including parents.
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