Pepys’ ShowHistory Literacy PHSE
Musical styles include Baroque, rock, sea shanty & music hall, & march.
Age guide: 7 to 12, Duration: 50 to 60 minutes
Through extracts from Samuel Pepys' diary, we witness events and conditions in London during the swinging 1660s. Street beggars enjoy free wine during King Charles II's Restoration. Life is usually tough for them, whereas, judging by Mrs Pepy's shopping list, better-off classes consume huge amounts of food. The aristocrats are even more extravagant - Lord Snuff and Lady Merryjig compete with their elaborate clothes - despite the vermin lurking beneath. Personal hygene hasn't been invented yet, as we see with Doctor Dipsy Doodle's remedies - 'hair of the dog, skin of the flea, foot of the rabbit, sting of the bee!' The Puritans' prediction that it will all end in disaster, come true. In 1665 the Plague strikes. Those who can do, leave the City, but Samuel Pepys stays behind to record the sorry sights he sees. The Great Fire of London follows in 1666, destroying much of the City. But a cleaner, safer London is rebuilt, with magnificent designs by Christopher Wren.
With a colourful variety of songs, dances, characters, costumes and backdrops, this historical musical takes us 350 years back in time. Learning about everyday life in the past certainly makes us appreciate modern times!
Solo speaking & Group singing: 25 to 50 (* = Solo singing)
Samuel Pepys, Town Crier, Mrs Pepys, Jane, Dr Dipsy-Doodle*, Thomas Faryner, Baker’s Maid
Aristocrats: King Charles ll, Queen Catherine, Lord Mayor, Ferryman*, Lord Snuff* & Lady Merryjig* & others
Puritans: Mr & Mrs Worthy*, Worthy Children ; Street People: *Betsy Beggit, *Polly Pincher, *Katie CockleBilly Barrow, Farmer Field & others; Chief Rat*, Chief Flame*
Flexible Choruses: Aristocrats, Street People, Trades People, Puritans, Oarsmen, Rats, Fleas, Flames
Life in the past, Important historic events, Significant people: Samuel Pepys' Diary, Significant author, Poetry: Historical health, Social Conditions, Community, Occupations, Health & Safety
Reviews: ...humour comes to mind here, history and fun...Helen Mackinnon
It is illegal to photocopy or otherwise reproduce any part of 'Pepys' Show'.
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