Those masters of the absurd Richard Stilgoe and Bernard Cribbins have created a new children’s musical and it’s set to tour the UK next year.
Brilliant – The Dinosaur has words and music by Stilgoe and is narrated by Bernard Cribbins.
In the not-to-distant future, a freak hurricane hits a small town on the south coast of England.
Leaving behind a trail of destruction, the storm opens up a cave in a cliff, revealing a reptile, which has been rudely awakened from her 65 million year hibernation.
The Banks children discover her and help her hide from the adults, but as most children know, concealing a 30 metre long dinosaur is not an easy job!
Richard Stilgoe is best known for being involved in the writing of the books and/or writing lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s productions of Cats, Starlight Express, the now legendary Phantom of the Opera; and his regular appearances on C4’s Countdown.
Sir Richard Stilgoe said: “The choice of subject for a children’s musical was easy.
“I asked lots of children what I should write about and every single one of them said ‘dinosaurs’. I don’t know why children are fascinated by dinosaurs – perhaps it’s because they are large and exciting but safely extinct”.
British national treasure, Bernard Cribbins, is known to generations of children for his numerous appearances on BBC TV’s Jackanory and for his BAFTA-nominated performance as Mr Perks – the station porter in the original movie of EM Nesbitt’s The Railway Children.
He has also played Wilfred Mott opposite David Tennant in Dr Who and as the voice of The Wombles.
In 2009 he received a Special Award from BAFTA at the EA Academy Children’s Awards for his outstanding creative contribution to the industry.
The actor is synonymous with quality traditional entertainment for children in a career spanning six decades.
Bernard Cribbins added: “I think it’s vital that we get the next generation of children and young families into our theatres and I am thrilled to be part of this project”.
Over 60 local schoolchildren will take part in each performance of Brilliant – The Dinosaur and the production will play twice daily to family audiences throughout the country.
Tour dates to be announced.