The world premiere of Brilliant – The Dinosaur, a new musical for children, with words and music by Richard Stilgoe, and narrated by Bernard Cribbins, will tour to all major cities and towns across the UK, commencing spring 2015.
In the not-to-distant future, a freak hurricane hits a small town on the south coast of England. Leaving behind a trail of destruction, the storm opens up a cave in a cliff, revealing a reptile, which has been rudely awakened from her 65 million year hibernation. The Banks children discover her and help her hide from the adults, but as most children know, concealing a 30 metre long dinosaur is not an easy job!
Richard Stilgoe is best known for being involved in the writing of the books and/or writing lyrics for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s productions of Cats, Starlight Express, The Phantom of the Opera; and his regular appearances on C4’s Countdown.
Stilgoe says: “The choice of subject for a children’s musical was easy. I asked lots of children what I should write about, and every single one of them said ‘dinosaurs’. I don’t know why children are fascinated by dinosaurs – perhaps it’s because they are large and exciting but safely extinct.”
Brilliant – The Dinosaur will be narrated by Bernard Cribbins, known to generations of children for his numerous appearances on BBC TV’s Jackanory and for his BAFTA-nominated performance as Mr Perks – the station porter in the original movie of EM Nesbitt’s The Railway Children; as Wilfred Mott opposite David Tennant in Dr Who; and as the voice of The Wombles. In 2009 he received a Special Award from BAFTA at the EA Academy Children’s Awards for his outstanding creative contribution to the industry.
Cribbins added: “I think it’s vital that we get the next generation of children and young families into our theatres and I am thrilled to be part of this project.”
More than 60 local schoolchildren will take part in each performance of Brilliant – The Dinosaur and the production will play twice daily to family audiences throughout the country. The show is presented by The Ministry of Entertainment.