The Grumpiest Boy in the World

‘In an auditorium filled with young children accompanied by their parents, ‘The Grumpiest Boy’ did not disappoint either audience… A snappy piece of entertainment which managed very successfully to cheer up a chilly afternoon’ 

Daily Info Oxford, UK


Zachary Briddling, is awfully middling.

His hair sits quite fine. His teeth are aligned. His lines are expected, and his specs nonexistent. So Zachary grumbles (as Zachary does), to which his mum replies: ‘But that is just normal for here’. And she reminds him of all the other places, filled with giants, and miniatures, and hairy things, and flying things – places where Zachary would not be middling at all.

And so he sets out… to stand out.

AWARDS

2015 Published by Currency Press
2014 Australian Writers Guild (AWGIE) Award: Best Australian Children’s Play
2012 ‘New Plays for Young Audiences’ residency at New York University

CAST SIZE

3 or more actors
Previous seasons: 3-30 performers

AUDIENCE SIZE

For ages five and up, all the way to adult

length

50-70 minutes

SEASONS

(Australia, England and USA)

2017

Childsplay, Tempe AZ, USA (produced by Childsplay)
Tufts University, Boston MA, USA (produced by Magic Circle)
JFK Middle School, Natick MA, USA (produced by JFKMS)
Sydney Grammar, NSW, Australia (produced by Sydney Grammar)
St Michaels College, Adelaide, Australia (produced by St Michaels)

2016

Childsplay, Tempe AZ, USA (produced by Childsplay)
Northwestern University, Evanston IL, USA (Purple Crayon Players)
The Young Company, Cairns, Australia (produced by Young Company)

2015

Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne, Australia
(opera version – produced by Victorian Opera)

2013

English national tour
Half Moon Theatre and JW3, London, England
RADA Festival, Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, England
Pegasus Theatre, Oxford, England

2012

Provincetown Playhouse, New York University NY, USA
(as part of ‘New Plays for Young Audiences’)

Paper Balloon production 2013, starring Ruth Rogers, Rhys Jennings and Tom Wilson

Songs from UK production by Darren Clark

FIRST PRODUCED


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