the story of young Prince Tristan, whose parents have gone off on
a quest and left him, an eleven year old boy, in charge of the kingdom.
And then one day an alarming new tutor, Dr Bolgin, arrives, saying
that he has been sent by Tristan's parents. He is only about a metre
high and has large ears, large feet and a pointed nose. And what do
you know, he is accompanied by a whole band of soldiers who look the
same! In fact, Prince Tristan is subject to a goblin takeover. Dr
Bolgin is aided in his endeavours by the Black Talon, the punning
leader of a band of verminous ravens. But Tristan has friends too.
One is his beautiful, if difficult, French cat, Madame Minette, who
has never been fooled by Dr Bolgin for a moment. She seeks the advice
of Theodosius, tawny (owl) at law, on whether she may reveal to Tristran
that animals can speak to humans in certain circumstances and so reveal
what is going on. Madame Minette and Theodosius help Tristan in his
double struggle, both with the goblins and the bad side of his own
nature. Tristan is further assisted, after a fashion, by an absent
minded witch and Percival, a nervous and clumsy pigeon, who in many
ways turns out to be the real hero of this story.
first written by Nigel Osner as a children's book called
"Magic in Ravenswood".
It was highly praised by Naomi Mitchison in the Times Educational
Supplement at the time of publication:"
"good marks --- All the characters
are well-defined --- There is enough irony to give it strength to
deal with a traditional situation without going soft or silly."
Nigel has now turned "Magic" into
a musical. He wrote the book and the lyrics. The music was composed
by BB Cooper www.artfieldmusic.com
. "Magic" had
a successful showcase performance at the Bridewell Theatre. The performers
included Cheryl Kennedy, Ian Lavender, Toni Palmer and Derek Smith.
It will be featured in the Greenwich Musical Futures Festival at the
Greenwich Theatre in May.
"Magic" is suitable for:
family show on the stage The book was written originally
for children between 8 and 11. But the story, the characters and
the strong melodies will appeal to adults and children alike. Its
originality as far as the stage is concerned lies in its special
Television would be ideal for the
This would be an exciting adventure for children
characters in order of appearance
an unimpressive looking pigeon
a lonely Prince
an elegant French cat
a tawny owl and a distinguished lawyer
who lives in the forest
the Prince's unusual tutor
The Black Talon,
the leader of a gang of ravens
Other characters include footmen, soldiers, goblins and ravens
The action takes place one November in a distant kingdom some
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