by Craig Hawes
Pricing & Order Info.
"Every year the pupils of Years 5 & 6 at St. Elizabeth's put on an end-of-school-year show. By far the most successful (and most enjoyable for everybody) have been shows written by Craig Hawes. Every year we think he can't better that year's script. Every year we are proven wrong and 'Porridge' is no exception... it also has the added bonus of the really helpful, easy-to-use Sing It! song learning program AND a DVD with the choreography for the songs demonstrated. Absolutely brilliant! It makes our jobs so much easier."
Alan Shaefer, St. Elizabeth's Primary School, Belper, Derbyshire
Why choose this Musical?
42 speaking roles & 2 non-speaking roles
This can be reduced to 26 speaking roles. See "Casting" tab below.
Sing It! Mk. 3 version, now with NEW...
- "Lyrics Off" feature
- "Vocals Off" feature
- "Line by Line" 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.
CD of Vocal Tracks
Both these CDs include Overture, ALL Songs, Special Effects, Play Ons and Play Offs in the order you need them enabling production and direction to take place without specialist musical expertise. However - for those of you who prefer a live pianoforte accompaniment, we now have available a superb BRAND NEW Performance Score which encompasses Overture, ALL Play Ons and Play Offs, Songs, Link Music, Cues and Chord Symbols. (Grade 6 standard). We also have available a BRAND NEW Rehearsal Score (Grade 2 / 3 standard) - Check them out on the "Script and Songs" heading.
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.
CD of Backing Tracks plus essential sound effects
No pianist required!
Easily manageable props
Unlimited chorus parts
Easy to stage and costume
Age range: Key Stage 2 Production (9-11 years)
Duration: 60-70 minutes
NEW! Instant Scenery with our digital backdrops
A different backdrop for EVERY scene change
Supplied in both a PowerPoint presentation and as individual JPG files.
No more Scenery Painting!
Craig Hawes, author of Pirates Of The Curry Bean, serves up his funniest show ever with Porridge the stirring musical comedy that begins "Once upon a crime"!
When a crime wave hits Happy Valley, there's a caseload of mysteries to be solved! Who's stolen Ma Hubbard's recipe book? Who's kidnapped Marigold the cow? And what dirty secret is Papa Bear hiding behind his Porridge empire? It's down to Private Detective Jack Spratt to uncover the terrifying truth in this tale of mystery, mayhem and breakfast cereal!
Join Jack, Goldie Lox and a cast of crazy characters including barmy billy goats, loopy lumberjacks, a potty police squad and a runaway cow in this brand new side-splitting musical comedy. It's a familiar tale, told like you've never heard before with familiar fairytale folk brought to life as you've never imagined! Porridge has all the ingredients of a delicious production - packed with spoonfuls of sparkling songs and bowlfuls of belly-laughs, this hilarious show will leave your cast and audience wanting seconds and shouting for more!