Babe, The Sheep Pig

by  David Wood, Dick King Smith

Full Length Play, Drama  /  10m or f, 10boy(s) or girl(s)

The tale of high adventure in the farmyard that became the hit movie Babe is a captivating play for children young and old. A leading writer of children's plays brings the heartwarming story of the piglet who rises to fame at the Grand Challenge Sheep Dog Trials to the stage in a dramatization that allows for flexible casting.

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    10m or f, 10boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    60 minutes (1 hour)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences
  • Audience

    Target Audience

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

Additional Info

The tale of high adventure in the farmyard that became the hit movie Babe is a captivating play for children young and old. A leading writer of children's plays brings the heartwarming story of the piglet who rises to fame at the Grand Challenge Sheep Dog Trials to the stage in a dramatization that allows for flexible casting.
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Reviews

“There comes a happy point in children’s theatre when one can almost forget the word ‘children’s’ and declare: This is real theatre, with an appeal to all, from infant to octogenarian, in whom a sense of wonder and a bright imagination are alive and well. So it is in David Wood’s adaptation…” - Eastern Daily Press

“The show is absolutely enchanting. It’s aimed at kids but the drama, the tension, the humour, the lovable heroes and menacing villains, make it compelling theatre for grown-ups too… a crackling good story, beautifully adapted for the stage” - Evening News

“What marvellous theatre … As for the denouement – well, children applauding Babe for driving the sheep through the trial gate is just terrific theatre… First class.” - The Stage

“When a packed theatre is chanting the lead character’s name at the end of a production, it’s fair to assume you’ve got a hit on your hands. So it was with Babe, The Sheep Pig as the hundreds of young children (and a few adults) acclaimed a masterful adaptation… A delight.” - Birmingham Evening Mail

“David Wood’s script is the real star… The kids in the audience revelled in the slapstick… Everyone got involved when Fly beseeched the crowd to recall a password to help Babe… This production should inspire many more across the country.” - Dallas Morning News

Videos

  • David Wood on Doing It Yourself
  • David Wood on Getting Started As a Playwright
  • David Wood on Challenges In His Plays
  • Interview with David Wood
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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Community Theatre

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £67 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
  • Optional Music/Media Fee: £37 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary, Present Day
  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

10m or f, 10boy(s) or girl(s)
PUPPY 1
SHEPHERD
DUCKS
BABE
TV COMMENTATOR
VICAR
COCKEREL
SHEEP 1
CAT
DUCK
FLY
DUCK
DUCK
MA
SHEEP-DOG
TURKEY
FARMER HOGGET
MRS. HOGGET
WEIGHT GUESSERS, STALLHOLDERS, NEW OWNERS, RUSTLERS, WORRIER-DOGS, NIGHTMARE ANIMALS, OFFICIALS
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Cast Attributes

  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children

Casting Notes

WEIGHT GUESSERS, STALLHOLDERS, NEW OWNERS, RUSTLERS, WORRIER-DOGS, NIGHTMARE ANIMALS, and OFFICIALS  were all played by members of the cast.

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Authors

David Wood

David Wood has been called "the national children’s dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide, and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, Aladdin, Hijack Over Hygenia, Jack the Lad, Larry the Lamb in Toytown, Old Mother Hubbard and The Ideal Gnome Expeditio ...

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Dick King Smith

Dick King Smith

Babe, The Sheep Pig was frst performed in 1997-8 by Whirligig Theatre at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking and on a nationwide No.1 UK tour, in association with the Manchester Library Theatre Company and the Birmingham Hippodrome.  The tour was made possible by Barclays Stage Partnership, a sponsorship scheme from Barclays Bank and the Arts Council of England.

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