- Excitement, anticipation.
- Nervous energy, tummy-wobblings.
- Dry mouth, cold hands.
- Audience arrives, plenty of smiles.
- Applause and great concentration.
- A super evening, heroic performances recorded for posterity.
- Will anything come of it?
- A wonderful team of tumbly Jumblies bringing the nonsense of Edward Lear to life.
- Thanks to everyone who made this possible, here’s to a successful onward journey. xxx
‘Stuff And Nonsense –The Musical’
A brand new musical presented by The Runcible Players for local and national charities.
For one night only … The Runcible Players are delighted to present ‘Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical‘ at The Cossham Hall, Thornbury on October 13th at 7.30pm.
This madcap reading-performance tells the exuberant tale of Edward Lear and his tumbly Jumblies as they journey through his strange imagination. Full of catchy tunes, witty one-liners with plenty of limericking, it’s a show for the whole family and is crammed full of Stuff and Nonsense characters – Old Foss, Dr Calico, the Dong, Aunt Jobiska, the Yonghy Bonghy Bo, Jolly Pobble and the Quangle Wangle Quee!
Email email@example.com with your name and number of seats you want to reserve. Suggested donation of £10 adults, £5 children, payable at the door. All proceeds to ngs and local hospice charities.
‘I have to go now … I’m having another nonsensing!’
A mental and physical health workout better than any therapist or fitness regime can provide. Our first read/sing-through with the performers and music. Such talent in the room, so much enthusiasm, laughter, silliness and some pretty dreadful behaviour from the Jumblies! No wonder poor Mr Lear looks so bewildered. Stuff And Nonsense.
We don’t mind if you think we’re just a touch mad. We know we are – after all ‘We’re tumbly Jumblies from over the seas …’
Have you booked your seats yet for the very first outing for ‘Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical’? If not, why not? October 13th at the Cossham Hall, Thornbury. All proceeds to nursing, cancer and hospice charities.
Adam Elms writes our first review of the script for ‘Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical’.
‘It reads beautifully. It’s feeling tight, funny, poignant, and interesting. Loving the Lear character showing shades of worrying but then resolving that we all do – and hinting that sometimes an overactive imagination isn’t a negative thing. Also enjoying the songs and the characters are coming across very strongly indeed.
Action always takes longer than you think and the slicker the better really. It could just be a line here or there – anywhere where there is too much repetition/padding.
I can’t really point out specifics right now because, as I say, it’s in excellent shape. It feels like a script that means a lot to you; it has heart, warmth, humour, and emotion. I can’t wait to see its first outing in October.’
Reviewed by Adam Elms
Actor, Playwright, and Director
Founder Member: Unforced Errors.
Associate Artist: Blueprint Theatre Company, Schoolhouse Productions
Quangle Wangle here, man, it’s a ‘happenin’ thing, man. Diary October 13th 2019, Cossham Hall, Thornbury for the first outing of my show, ‘Stuff and Nonsense – The Musical’ …
Mr Lear here, excuse me! It’s not your show, if it belongs to anyone, it’s probably little old meesy! A bit of a grumpbucket sometimes, but mostly pretty harmless. You’re only one of my characters – an important one, man. (Hee, hee) – but nevertheless, only one of the many who are delighted to be putting on this entertainment in which everyone has important funlings and storytelling to add to my story … Dr Calico, the Dong, Julie Jumbly, Jolly Pobble, Aunt Jobiska, Yonghy Bonghy Bo, Lady Jingly and … Quangle Wangle to name but a few, phew!
What a cast of characters … played by an amazing team of performers … Kate, Nat, Adam, Helen and Dave. Do you really know what you’ve let yourselves in for?
Dearie, dearie meezies, I’m just so excited, I could … wait and see … stuff and nonsense really doesn’t describe it adequately. You’ll just have to come and experience it for yourselves. I look forward to meeting you!
The Jumblies wanted to say a special thankyou to Kay, Rich, James, Dave, Helen, Nat, Alice and Adam for bringing their characters to life. Thankyou!
‘Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical‘ is now completed, published and available for performance. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Script and Audio Extracts are available at earwormmusicals.uk
‘Far and few, far and few, are the lands where the Jumblies live.’
If that’s too far away, why not bring them to a theatre near you?
What fun we had at our workshop … 3 hours of laughter and improvisation. And then even more laughter, mingled with a touch of pathos. Well done guys. A big thanks to our wonderful actors – Kay, Rich, James, Dave, Helen, Nat, Alice, Adam. Fantastic to hear the words on paper be delivered with such humour and sincerity. Comment from the participants … A surefire hit for the stage. A delight for all ages. What a wonderful evening.
‘This is my normal … what’s yours?
Some minor tweaks required before we publish and then the big reveal to the world of stage musicals. Can’t wait. Watch this space
Well thanks a lot for that comment!
Really, thanks a lot!!!
Actually that’s just the sort of response we love to receive about our show. The more bonkers, odd, madcap and crazy the better. Our workshopping session has been arranged for January 30th and we’ve a fantastic group of musician/performers lined up and fully prepared to ‘have fun, be creative and express themselves without inhibition.’
Really excited now that ‘Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical’ is getting ever closer to being published and then produced.
A thrilling few weeks of rewriting, rebalancing, replacing and revising has resulted in a plan to progress ‘Stuff and Nonsense On Tour’ That’s the 1% imagination, now for the 99% perspiration! This version will require only 7 performers to take on the 16+ characters. The majority of the original songs are to remain with only minor changes to words in a few places. There will also be a much-strengthened storyline to involve the three main characters of Mr Lear, Old Foss and Dr Calico.
Hello there, adventurous musical-theatre-goer!
Edward Lear here, author of ‘The Complete Works Of Edward Lear’. I am truly delighted that my nonsense writings are being given a fresh twist as a lively musical for all the family. Yes, even the dog might have a good ‘woof’ of delight, and I’d expect at least a gentle purr of approval from all the Old Fosses out there too!
‘Stuff And Nonsense – The Musical’ is inspired by some of my most-beloved characters, so let me introduce you to our singing and dancing Jumblies …
whose heads are green and hands are blue, Doctor Calico, the Dong with a luminous nose who fell in love with a Jumbly Girl, and the mysterious Akond of Swat. Come and say ‘Hello’, to the Pobble who has no toes and his Aunt Jobiska, the King and Queen of the Pelicans, their daughter Dell, her beau – King Crane (who .. ssshhh … has no webs between his toes). ‘Welcome’, says the Yonghy Bonghy Bo and his beau, the Lady Jingly, and the enigmatic Scroobious Pip, and the Owl and the Pussycat. Lend an ear to Mr Lear, the Quangle Wangle and a multitude of beasts, birds, fish, insects who are all full of Stuff and Nonsense.
Come and join them as they cavort and explore the fantastic Jumbly Lands of Bong Trees, Twangum Trees, Crumpetty Trees, the Western Seas, the Torrible Zone, the streams and hills of the Chankley Bore, the Great Gromboolian Plain, the shore of the Bristol Channel. Travel with us to the Nile, the wild and shingly coast of Coromandel, the slippery slopes of Myrtle, and, beyond the Bay of Gurtle, the sunset Isles of Boshen and the Land of Tute.
I hope you enjoy this creative, imaginative and joyfully fantastical extravaganza for all ages … filled with Stuff and Nonsense
Important decisions have been made to enable Lear’s collected writings – ‘The Complete Nonsense Of Edward Lear’ – to be performed as a stage musical.
All the characters are now brought to life under the collective term of ‘Jumblies’. As long as they’ve got some semblance of green hair and blue hands, they’re in the family! Some of the longer poems have been divided into more bite-size sections for modern audiences to appreciate, but also to emphasize important emotional changes within the narrative. Some previously briefly-mentioned characters have been elevated to larger roles, and new limericks to enhance the narrative – which are not published elsewhere – have been created for each of these characters to allow further development. In many places original words have been changed from third to first person to help personalise the songs. In short, several liberties with Lear’s original writings, and the show feels all the better for it!
John Mills, April 1st 2018
‘We went to sea in a sieve, we did, in a sieve we went to sea!’ The Jumblies