The Burston Drum

by  Ellen Dryden, Don Taylor

Full Length Musical, Drama  /  13m, 11f

"A musical with the kind of theme and requirements which seem likely to give it universal appeal." - Times Educational Supplement
"An ideal work for senior school groups ..." - Brentford and Chiswick Times
"Musically the show is a treat, achieving Mozartian grandeur in the Act One finale ..." - Amateur Stage

On the 1st April, 1914, in the village of Burston, a group of children went on strike to protest at the unfair dismissal of their teachers, …

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    13m, 11f
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Theatre for Young Audiences, Period
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)

Additional Info

On the 1st April, 1914, in the village of Burston, a group of children went on strike to protest at the unfair dismissal of their teachers, Kitty and Tom Higdon. The Burston Drum tells the story, in musical form, of the events leading up to this historic first school strike, and of Kitty's battle to provide a comprehensive and enjoyable education for all the village children and Tom's fight to organize the villagers into a more democratic rural community. With simple staging and a large cast (either all children or mixed children and adults) this musical offers the opportunity for an enjoyable and entertaining community or school production.
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Reviews

"A musical with the kind of theme and requirements which seem likely to give it universal appeal." - Times Educational Supplement
"An ideal work for senior school groups ..." - Brentford and Chiswick Times
"Musically the sho

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Production

Details

  • Time Period: 1910s / WWI
  • Setting: Scenes A schoolroom, a drawing-room, a playground

Music

  • Vocal Demands: Easy
  • Orchestra Size: Medium

Casting

13m, 11f
Cast M14 F11, children, extras
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  • Expandable casting

Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Full Package

Cello
Bass
Flute
Clarinet
Trumpet 1
Trumpet 2
Trombone
Drums

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Authors

Ellen Dryden

Ellen Dryden

Don Taylor

Don Taylor

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