The Gingerbread Man

by  David Wood

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 2f

While the Big Ones sleep, plenty of activity is taking place in the kitchen. The cuckoo clock has lost his voice and might end up in the trash if he doesn't recover it. The salt shaker and the pepper mill try to help but run afoul of the Old Tea Bag. Danger also comes from a voracious mouse and the …

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The Gingerbread Man

by  David Wood

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    4m, 2f
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    Fantasy, Theatre for Young Audiences
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    • Appropriate for all audiences

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The play takes place on an antique kitchen dresser. The Gingerbread Man, newly baked by the Big Ones, meets Salt, Pepper and Herr Von Cuckoo, who lives in the cuckoo-clock. He has a sore throat which is ruining his “cuckoos”, thus threatening to land him in the dreaded dustbin. The Gingerbread Man’s efforts to help Cuckoo’s sore throat are hampered by the villainous scavenger Sleek the Mouse and by The Old Bag – an old tea-bag who lives in the tea pot on the top shelf.

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“Theatre at its best” Jack Tinker, Daily Mail “Worth travelling miles to see” BBC Kaleidoscope “The perfect children’s play”
Time Out

“How the children loved it. It was clear they were not merely engrossed with the goings-on on stage, but in many cases almost beside themselves with excitement … a superb success.”
Birmingham Post

“No one knows better than David Wood how to excite a child’s interest and imagination and not for nothing has he earned the title of ‘the National Children’s Dramatist’, a title fully deserved on the evidence of his GINGERBREAD MAN … rapturously welcomed by a large and vociferous audience of youngsters… for two hours of sheer enchantment this show would be hard to beat.”
Aberdeen Press and Journal

“…splendid … the company succeed in stirring the loudest audience participation I have ever heard and, much more remarkable, commanding the most absolute breath holding silences.”
The Times


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  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.



  • Additional Features: Play w/ Music


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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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Towngate Theatre, Basildon in 1976

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