The Pied ViperPHSE Literacy
Musical styles include blues, rock, ballad & classical.
Age range: 9 to 15, Duration: 45 to 60 minutes
The townsfolk of Hamelyn are complaining about the lack of resources for social services, but the Mayor and Councillors are too preoccupied with their own business. - 'Our Council are a rotten bunch! Half of them are out to lunch. While the Mayor is sitting pretty on some waste of time committee!'
When Tommy Piper, the Mayor’s son, comes back from university he starts pushing drugs outside a school. At first he offers them for free. If the children want more, they can buy them with their pocket money. Some pupils are tempted - the pills look like innocent sweets anyway! Then they begin to hallucinate, behaving like crazy rats. Tommy's red and yellow college scarf appears like a snake, luring them to follow him towards the motorway! It takes a tragic accident for lessons to be learnt by everyone in the town.
Parallels are made with Robert Browning's 'The Pied Piper of Hamelin' - drug abuse is likened to rat infestation.
'The Pied Viper' is a resource for Drug Education projects, and has been used by Social Services and Police Forces in the UK.
Solo speaking & Group singing: 20 to 40 (* = Solo singing)
Tommy Piper*, Miss Hall–Teacher, Mr Baker–Caretaker, Mayor Piper, Mrs Piper; Pupils: Jane*, Charlene, Kate, Fred, James, Brad; Townsfolk: Alan, Barbara, Colin, Deidre, Elaine, Frank, Gladys, Harry and IvyClerks, Treasurers, Accountants and Secretaries (Councillors)
Flexible Choruses: Citizens, Rats
Self, Health & Safety, Bullying, Harmful Substances: Traditional story, Significant author, DramaReviews: Thank you for this musical - a great approach to a difficult subject. - Adam Burns
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