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Rock Bottom

by Craig Hawes

Pricing & Order Info.
Cast Size (Flexible) 51
Speaking Roles 41
Minimum Cast Size 25
Duration (minutes)80

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Editable Word Doc Script available

41 speaking roles

Easily reduced to 25 speaking roles, see "Casting" tab below for full instructions.

Any number of chorus parts

CDs of Backing Tracks plus essential sound effects available

No pianist required! These 2 CDs include ALL the Backing Tracks, Incidental Music and Special Effects (105 tracks on 2 CDs) in the order you need them enabling production and direction to take place without specialist musical expertise.

CDs of Vocal Tracks available for learning the songs

NEW Sing It! Mk. 4 version, now with...

  • "Volume Control" feature
  • "Minimise Window" feature
  • "Lyrics Off" feature
  • "Vocals Off" feature
  • "Line by Line" practising feature
  • "Phrase by Phrase" practising feature

A BRAND NEW product; a CD-ROM or download of all the songs called "Sing it!" is available. This CD-ROM or download can teach the songs to the children without any teacher input. Children can use it at school or at home - think of the time it will save you! Most schools use it in class on an interactive white board or in the school hall on the overhead projector to allow full cast practice. Children LOVE learning this way and the product is foolproof.

Read the "Sing it!" reviews
'The "Sing it!" products were fantastic.' The Downs School, Bristol.
'Absolutely amazing material.' Mary O'Neill-Delano, Canada.
' "Sing it!" is fantastic for us less musically inclined teachers.' The Coppice Primary, Worcestershire.
'I really appreciate the "Sing it!" component as we often use this in rehearsals.' Newborough East Primary, Victoria, Australia.
'Can I also say that your "Sing it!" CD was brilliant.' Key Stage 2 teacher, Singapore.

Dance it! Available

Another BRAND NEW product is the "Dance it!" Choreography DVD. Watch each song performed by a group of age-appropriate children in two different versions - a full speed 'Performance' version and a slowed down 'Step By Step' version with helpful narration to guide you through the dance. Introduced by Craig Hawes, the DVD is also packed with lots of handy hints for teaching dances. Absolutely no previous experience or expertise is needed.

Read the latest "Dance it!" reviews
'The "Dance it!" DVD was great.' St Hugh's Catholic Primary, Lincolnshire.
'For the first time we used the "Dance it!" DVD and found it wonderful.' Rising Starz Performing Arts, New Zealand.
'"Dance it!" videos were very useful.' Sacred Heart Catholic Primary, Hertfordshire.
'Loved having the Choreography (Dance it!) video this year. That really helped our choreographer get the kids started and when she was sick, we could still rehearse their dance moves.' The American School, Marrakesh.
'Loved the "Dance it!" that came with "Porridge" and would love similar for other productions. Makes my life so much easier.' Aria School, New Zealand.

Full Performance Piano/Vocal Score available (Grade 6/7 Standard)

See "Script & Songs" below.

"Easy Play Songs Only" Rehearsal Piano Score available (Grade 4/5 Standard)

See "Script & Songs" below.

Full Production Notes

Check out the "Production Notes" in the "Script & Songs" tab below.

No problem props

See "FREE Resources" below to download "Props" ideas; for full list of "Props" see Script sample.

Very easy to costume

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Simple staging

Click "Script & Songs" below then click "Production Notes".

Age range: Upper Key Stage 2 Production (9-11 years)

Duration: 80 minutes
NEW! Instant Scenery with our digital backdrops
A different backdrop for EVERY scene change

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Journey back to the dawn of time in "Rock Bottom" - Craig Hawes' brand new prehistorical hysterical Stone Age rock musical!

Meet The Cobblestones, just an ordinary Stone Age family of cave folk living on Stoney Street, Rock Bottom! But when cave boy inventor Bobby Cobblestone hatches his very first good idea, he's whisked off to work for none other than the beautiful celebrity Lady Lava! Unfortunately, BC is soon up to his neanderthal neck in trouble when he discovers his new boss hides a dark secret that will rock Rock Bottom to its foundations. With mysterious monsters terrorising the town and a volatile volcano ready to blow its top, can BC become a little boulder and hatch a plan to save his family, his friends and his very own precious Rock Bottom? Only time will tell...

A cast of crazy cave folk join in the neolithic naughtiness, not to mention a flock of prehistoric birds, two dippy dinosaurs, a vacuum-cleaning mammoth and a sabre-tooth tiger called Tiddles! With eight toe-tapping songs to get you rocking like a rolling stone and a puntastic script as sharp as a flint, one thing's for sure - the Stone Age rocks!

Prologue

The curtain rises on an atmospheric, abstract scene as the three narrating Timekeepers, Crater, Crevice and Creek, introduce modern-day planet Earth, its population increasing with every tick of the clock. They pose the age-old question of human origins and proceed to take us on a journey back to the dawn of time as all sing the exciting and energetic opening number, "Back To The Beginning".

Scene 1

The song ends explosively as we crash land in the Stone Age town of Rock Bottom and meet Cliff and Coral Cobblestone, two elderly residents on Stoney Street, Rock Bottom. Their grandson and our hero, young would-be inventor Bobby Cobblestone (BC to his friends) enters and hatches yet another idea for yet another useless invention. As he hurries away to work on it, we meet his greedy twin siblings, Zig and Zag, who have yet to evolve and are known as Growlers. They have gathered enormous sausages and a giant egg for breakfast. Rocky Rockefeller, Chair of the Residents Association, enters with his group of Growlers and we learn that today is the Feast Of Krakatoe-or-two, when Caveys make offerings to the great volcano to stop her blowing her top. Rocky and his Growlers are on the hunt for food for the feast, but when Rocky commandeers the giant egg, Cliff and Coral are left stony-faced. We meet Morris Miner and his gang of Mini Miners en-route to the volcano, before BC returns excitedly with his new and rather ridiculous invention. Cliff and Coral are naturally unimpressed and remind BC of his past failures, but BC explains his dream to become an Egghead and work for the local celebrity Lady Lava. Through a split scene we discover that Lady Lava may not be the kind, considerate boss that BC imagines. However, BC is overcome with excitement to hear that Lady Lava will be coming to Rock Bottom that very day!

Scene 2

The Timekeepers are joined by the chorus in the swinging rock song "Rock Bottom Rocks - Part 1" where we learn more about the Feast Of Krakatoe-or-two. We meet the three Juans, a trio of silly stone salesmen who attempt to peddle their wacky wares to the local Caveys. They are quickly chased out of town as the Caveys sing "Rock Bottom Rocks - Part 2", then Rocky Rockefeller holds a disastrous dinosaur drill to prepare his townsfolk for possible attack. A big blue dinosaur appears right on cue, fortunately unseen by Rocky or the Caveys. When BC asks Rocky to be introduced to Lady Lava, Rocky bans him and the terrible twins from the feast and it is down to Cliff and Coral to stop BC being blue. They are joined by the chorus and all sing "Smile".

Lady Lava, accompanied by her sabre-tooth tiger Tiddles, makes a grand entrance at the feast, announced by her grovelling servant, Gravel. However, when the feast is finally revealed we discover most of the food has been gobbled by Zig and Zag, and only the giant egg remains. Lady Lava erupts in rage and storms off as a volcanic rumble sends the Caveys running scared, leaving just the giant egg alone on the stage. BC arrives to hear a small, mysterious voice coming from the egg, and decides to whisk it to Wild Willie, the local naturist and wildlife egg-spurt.

Scene 3

We meet Wild Willie and his yolk-cracking feathery friends, and soon the mystery egg hatches to reveal Rex, a baby dinosaur. BC and Willie explain to him that he is lost in time but promise to be his friends, and all sing the fun, uplifting song "Welcome To My Life".

Scene 4

The Timekeepers take us to Lady Lava's Crystal Crevice, deep in the depths of the volcano Krakatoe-or-two, where we find Gravel busily vacuuming with the trunk of Dyson the wooly mammoth. Lady Lava and Tiddles enter and we discover that the beautiful celebrity is actually a wrinkled old hag, kept young through the power of a magical rock called Cellulite. Her team of imprisoned Eggheads have harnessed its power within a Time-Turner that reverses time and rejuvenates their ageing boss, but they warn her that she is using it too much. It has caused a rift in time and strange objects from the past and future are arriving in Rock Bottom. The three Juans arrive seeking work and Lady Lava instructs them to find and collect these objects from the town. Morris Miner and his gang of Mini Miners enter and are directed to dig down deep into the volcano to extract more cellulite, and they are happy to oblige as all sing the faintly familiar mining song "Down Low".

Scene 5

Back on Stoney Street, Cliff assists Coral with the laundry as BC introduces them to his new friends, Willie and Rex. Inspired by the creased washing, BC hatches a new idea and comes up with his first ever useful invention. Gravel whisks BC away to become Lady Lava's new Egghead, and all celebrate his new-found success with the song "Rock Bottom Rocks - Part 3". The Caveys of Rock Bottom discover a multitude of mysterious futuristic objects and turn to Rocky Rockefeller for guidance. Meanwhile, the three Juans comically undertake their task to collect the objects, but their hunt comes to an abrupt end when they come face to ferocious face with the big blue dinosaur.

Scene 6

Back in the volcano Krakatoe-or-two, Gravel returns to Lady Lava's Crystal Crevice with BC following his success. But BC is baffled, boggled and bamboozled to learn that his favourite celebrity is actually an evil sorceress who only wants him for one thing - to invent a way to make her young forever. The Eggheads explain his task, but BC is out of ideas and ready to throw in the towel. Despondent, he sings the melancholy and moving "Welcome To My Life Reprise". The Eggheads return and persuade our hero to persevere, reminding him that failure is part of the process, and all sing "Start All Over Again". At the end of the song, BC finally hatches an idea to save the day.

Scene 7

We find ourselves in Lady Lava's Loathsome Laval Labyrinth, where the Caveys of Rock Bottom have broken in to escape the pursuing dinosaur and rumbling volcano. The Juans meet Lady Lava who informs them that BC and the Eggheads have escaped and instructs the terrible trio to dump the objects and flush out the intruders. They, along with a series of other characters, each in turn find themselves getting laughably lost in the Labyrinth and chased by the determined dinosaur.

Scene 8

All but BC eventually end up in Lady Lava's Crystal Crevice, where the evil celebrity has brewed a magical potion for her guests. Before BC can warn them, they all drink and fall under Lava's spell. Lady Lava then attempts to persuade BC to sip her potion and all sing "Spell On You". At the end of the song, BC reluctantly reveals his invention - a cocktail of liquid cellulite which Lava gulps greedily. The rejuvenating effects are instant but a little more potent than she expects, however, and she transforms into a newborn baby. BC gives Gravel custardy of little Lava, the spell breaks and all celebrate BC's success, including his newly evolved siblings, Zig and Zag. When Rex the baby dinosaur is finally reunited with his long lost mother, our tale reaches its happy ending and all sing "Back To The Beginning Reprise". Following the company bows, all sing "Rock Bottom Rocks Reprise" bringing the musical to a joyful conclusion.

Suggested Cast List for 51 Actors

In the following list, the number shows the number of speaking lines each role has. An asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that this characters also has solo or featured sung lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
Bobby85
*Lady Lava68
*Coral61
*Cliff53
Juan 353
Juan 251
Juan 149
Gravel48
*Crater43
*Crevice42
Rocky37
*Wild Willie35
*Creek34
Morris Miner16
Edison13
Glenda8
Gladys8
Gerty8
Edgar6
Enzo6
Ezra6
Edwin5
Emmet5
Grouch5
Dickiesquit5
Dinkydonk4
Argie4
Bargie4
Dribblebut3
Funkydink3
Pumpfreckle3
Scabmaggot3
Skunktrumpet3
Spleenbandage3
Dunkmonkey2
Dippy2
Eggy2
Floppy2
Cheeky1
Zig1
Zag1
Ying0
Yang0
Klik0
Klak0
Trig0
Trog0
Tick0
Tock0
Tiddles0
Dinosaur0

Use of an off-stage choir is also recommended for chorus backing on songs.

Suggested Cast List for 28 (and 25) Actors

In the following list, the number shows the number of speaking lines each role has. An asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that this characters also has solo or featured sung lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
Bobby85
*Lady Lava
also uses a puppet (or a stuffed toy) to represent Tiddles
68
*Coral61
*Cliff53
Juan 353
Juan 251
Juan 149
Gravel48
*Crater43
*Crevice42
Rocky37
*Wild Willie35
*Creek34
Edison
also says the lines of Enzo
19
Glenda
also says the lines of Dinkydonk, Funkydink & Skunktrumpet
18
Gerty
also says the lines of Dickiesquit, Dunkmonkey & Scabmaggot
18
Gladys
also says the lines of Dribblebut, Pumpfreckle & Spleenbandage
17
Morris Miner16
Edgar
also says the lines of Emmett
11
Edwin
also says the lines of Ezra
11
Argie
also says the lines of Dippy
6
Bargie
also says the lines of Eggy
6
Grouch5
Cheeky
also says the lines of Floppy
3
Zig
also says the lines of Zag
2
Ying0
Yang0
Klik0

For this reduction:

  • Where a character is "saying the lines of .......... " the parts are merged into one part.
  • The parts of Klak, Trig, Trog, Tick and Tock (Growlers) are deleted.
  • The part of the Dinosaur is to be played by a willing adult!

To achieve the full reduction to 25 actors, the parts of Gerty and Edison will need to be played by the same actor. Similarly, the actor playing Glenda can also play the part of Edgar, and the actor playing Gladys can also play the part of Edwin.

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Book Cover

Printable book cover artwork. Great for posters and programmes!
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Title Artwork

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Author Image

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Prop: Aspirin Tablet 1

Printable artwork (or just for inspiration!) for the "Aspirin Tablet 1" prop.
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Prop: Aspirin Tablet 2

Printable artwork (or just for inspiration!) for the "Aspirin Tablet 2" prop.
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Prop: Boulder

Printable artwork (or just for inspiration!) for the "Boulder" prop.
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Prop: Selfie 1

Printable artwork (or just for inspiration!) for the "Selfie 1" prop.
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Prop: Selfie 2

Printable artwork (or just for inspiration!) for the "Selfie 2" prop.
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Gallery of costume ideas

Craig Hawes has provided these fantastic photos to inspire your costumes for Rock Bottom.
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5 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"We absolutely loved this show. The most fun we've ever had rehearsing. Went down a storm with children and parents and the songs are so catchy that the whole school are singing them! Well done Craig Hawes another smash hit. Thank you!!"
Miss E Holloway, Margaret Roper RC Primary School, Purley, Surrey

5 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"You'd be mad not to buy this - yet another hilarious hit from Craig Hawes. It's a laugh-a-minute show, with jokes for all ages strewn in cleverly along the way. The songs are catchy and easy to pick up; you'll be singing them for weeks afterwards! Our Year 3 & 4 children had a fantastic time rehearsing and performing this super show and they (and their audiences) will remember it for years to come. Fred Flinstone eat your heart out!"
Laura Mitchell, Oak Farm Junior School, Hillingdon

5 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"Another brilliant show from Craig Hawes! Our Year 5 and 6 had a blast putting this together and we even managed to extend the script to nearly 65 speaking parts by having 2 sets of Eggheads and 9 Time keepers! I think the songs are some of the best yet being both catchy and clever! As usual the script is fast moving and jam- packed with truly terrible puns! Thank you ."
Hannah Mann, Whiteley Primary School, Fareham, Hampshire

5 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"Great fun for us (audience members, uncle and aunt of cast members)! Lots of jokes to make grown-ups guffaw as well as the kids, some neatly written songs, and a fast pace to make sure even tired adults don't fall asleep. Lovely to see all the kids, whatever their background and personality, able to participate and have fun and enjoy being part of a big team effort. Well done everyone! :)"
Rob Ainsley, Audience member, Harrogate

5 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"This is the fourth Craig Hawes we've done and we weren't disappointed. Had 62 Y5/6 pupils and the show was amazing. Songs were brilliant, the Dance-It really helped and the audience said it was the best yet. Such fun to put on. Make sure you get three really funny children as the three amigos - they'll need to perfect their rubbish Mexican accents but it's better if they're not good! Best line... 'Yabba, dabba'..."Don't" Amigo's hold the whole thing together and are fab parts. We had a boy play the baddie Lady - this was a great decision but make sure they're happy to fulfil the role to its fullest! Thank you Craig - what would Christmas be without your shows? Love them!"
Paula Ketcher-Murrell, Newton Primary School, Swansea

5 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"Hilarious fun. Adults and kids alike enjoyed the puns. Play had a cast of 160 kids with speaking and non-speaking roles. The Director added some unique South African fun to the play which resonated well with the audience. The play was a blast from beginning to end. Looking forward to the next production. "
Al Reddy, Hillcrest Prmary, Hillcrest, Durban

5 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"Fast paced, catchy songs and some hilarious characters ; it was destined to be a rousing success. It did not disappoint and audience members rated it 'the best show so far' after producing 20 years of large school shows. With 350+ students to cast in various choruses this musical lent itself brilliantly to our needs. The support materials were beyond our dreams and helped to make a quality show with very little extra work required by our teachers when it came to chorus choreography and song rehearsal. Searching the site for another one for our next show. Thanks, Musicline!"
Jane Lacey, Overport PS, Frankston Sth, Victoria, Australia

5 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"This is hilarious. We performed it with 71 year 4 children. They absolutely loved it, rose to the challenge of our high expectations and smashed it. The audiences loved it and gave the children a standing ovation! The joy on the children's faces was a pleasure to see. Love all Craig Hawes shows but this has become the new favourite. Thank you. "
Gillian Thomas, St Andrews Lower School, Biggleswade

4 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"The kids really enjoyed the play and particularly enjoyed the songs. "
Miss Katie Orr, Highwoods School, Colchester

5 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"We performed this hilarious production with all our KS2 children and it was a huge success! We split the show into two halves with an interval, which worked perfectly. Children and adults loved the humour and the Stone Age theme, and the songs are just superb! Rock Bottom really rocks!"
Pete Delafield, St. Luke's Primary, Shireoaks

5 Star Rating

Rock Bottom

"Our Year 5s had a blast with this show. Such a clever, funny, fast-moving script, brilliantly catchy songs and so easy to costume! Great fun from beginning to end - I think this is my new favourite Craig Hawes show!"
Jessica Chambers, Sparken Hill Academy, Worksop

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PDF & Word Doc Scripts £15.00
PDF Performance Piano Score (Grade 6/7 Standard) £12.00
PDF Easy Play Rehearsal Score (Grade 4/5 Standard) £10.00
MP3 Backing Tracks Download £10.00
MP3 Vocal Tracks Download £10.00
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100-149 Pupils on Total School Roll (Ofsted Figures) £20.00
50-99 Pupils on Total School Roll (Ofsted Figures) £15.00
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Youth Theatre (any size) £50.00