Pepys’ ShowHistory Literature
The great Fire of London and the Plague are brought to life with extracts from Samuel Pepys' diary. 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 swinging 1660s certainly makes us appreciate modern times!
We meet street beggars enjoying the free wine provided to celebrate 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 can 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' predictions that it will all end in disaster come true. In 1665 the Plague strikes, killing over a hundred thousand poeple. Those who can leave the City but Samuel Pepys stays on to record the sorry sights he sees. The Great Fire follows in 1666, destroying much of the City. But a cleaner, safer London is built, with magnificent designs by Christopher Wren.
Cast: 25 to 40 solo speaking & group singing parts
* = 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*
Choruses: Aristocrats, Street People, Trades People, Puritans, Oarsmen, Rats, Fleas, Flames
Music: 12 great songs and dances in a variety of styles include Fanfare, Music Hall, Baroque, Ballad, 2-part singing
Life in the past, Important historic events, Significant people: Samuel Pepys' Diary, Significant author, Poetry: Historical health, Social Conditions, Community, Occupations, Health & Safety
Review:....humour comes to mind here, history and fun... Helen Mackinnon
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