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CatWelcome to my online guestbook. If you want to leave me a message simply click here...

As a result of this guestbook, since 2005, I have been lucky enough to receive messages from all over the world. 

Sometimes the sender asks for information. Sometimes advice is sought. Sometimes I get invited to a production. Sometimes I receive a report of a production. 

This has brightened up my life no end! 

Contact with practitioners at the sharp end, especially when they write positively, makes it all seem worthwhile and real! 

When what is often a fairly hard grind at the desk turns into something that gives people pleasure performing and watching, the process doesn’t seem quite as lonely.

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92) Mike Vogler 
Ulverston, Cumbria, England
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:33 Write a comment

Good afternoon David

I am keen to stage 'Old Mother Hubbard' with a company of KS3 students at my school as a show to our feeder primaries this christmas. If I contact Samuel French, I take it that they hold the rights and could supply me with the musical scores and advise me on the peformance rights? I need to abridge the play to 1 hour. What sugesstions would you make in light of this?

Mike Vogler

David Wood Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:13
Dear Mike,

Thanks for your message.

Yes, please contact Samuel French re the rights. They will also have the scripts and vocal scores. I will write you a separate about your need to abridge the play ...

All good wishes,

91) Judith 
North Devon
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Friday, 17 March 2017 19:45 Write a comment

Dear David

MY three children have had so very much fun with your wonderfully creative books as children . My daughter is now expecting and would love to share her pleasure of I'm Silly Spider in particular with her new born.
However, I am very sad indeed to find the only place I seem to be able to find it is on Amazon at the incredible price of £66 + which is way beyond my means. I wonder why such a beautiful, interactive book cannot be republished to enable more humble morsels to enjoy your amazing creativity and keep the genious of your books alive down the generations.

Perhaps you may be kind enough to let me know where I can find a reasobaly priced copy.

Meanwhile, thank you so much for all the pleasure and excitement you have given to me and my children through your wonderful books.
Best wishes for your future creativity

David Wood Monday, 20 March 2017 13:13
Dear Judith,

Thank you for your message. I'm delighted to hear that the books I created with Richard Fowler are so appreciated by your family.

I'm happy to tell you that SILLY SPIDER is available in a paperback edition. You should be able to find it on Amazon. I will write a separate e-mail to you with more details.

All good wishes,

90) Bernadette 
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Sunday, 12 February 2017 08:18 Write a comment

Hi David. I'm wanting to find out how we secure performance rights for an amateur school production of 'The Twits', Sydney, Australia. Thanks
89) Larni Christie 
Muswellbrook Australia
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Friday, 6 January 2017 06:37 Write a comment

Happy New Year David Wood. Primary Drama teacher in Australia is my background. With regards to The See-Saw Tree and Music.... is there sheet music available to hire or recordings of music , or is that where we put in out own music ???? Is there additional musical scores or packages to hire as well as the script from Samuel French.
Sorry about the question if it is obvious and I have missed something on first reading.
larni Christie

David Wood Monday, 9 January 2017 15:44
Thanks, Larni, for your message and Happy New Year!

There is a Vocal Score available for THE SEE-SAW TREE. It is on the Samuel French website.

Also, if you look on my website, [] in the SIGHTS & SOUNDS section, then click on THE SEE-SAW TREE, you will see a video of the title song being sung on a tv programme.

There is also a version recorded by children and Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention)- I will send it to you by e-mail.

If you have any problem getting hold of the musical score from Samuel French's agents, please let me know!

All good wishes,

88) Jasmine Haskell 
Kent, UK
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Tuesday, 3 January 2017 21:14 Write a comment

Dear David,
It was great to meet you after that lovely talk session you did following our production of 'Goodnight Mister Tom' at the Leys School in Cambridge. Thought I'd leave a quick message as I'd love to keep in touch.
I hope you're enjoying the start of 2017 and I'd love to hear about any project you have up and coming?
Here's a link to my portfolio and blog.

Hope to hear from you soon!
My kindest regards,

David Wood Monday, 9 January 2017 10:15
Thanks, Jasmine. It was good to meet you and see the production of GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM. Your puppet Sammy, the collie, was beautifully made. I will indeed keep your details on record. There is nothing new on the horizon, I'm afraid.

I know there are quite a few amateur productions of GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM in preparation. You can find details on the Samuel French website. It might be worth you approaching them about your Sammy!

All good wishes,

87) Michelle Phiilips 
North Devon
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Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:04 Write a comment

Gingerbread man
Good afternoon, this is a long shot I know by myself and my younger sister (I am 35 and she is 33) had on video a copy of your gingerbread man panto that was held at The Manoel theatre, (until recently) we watched this video annually as a family tradition at Christmas time, (this is the only reason we still have a video player!) we have had a flood and in the flood the video got ruined. We have searched hi and low over the Internet for a copy but can only find short clips on you tube, do you by any chance have a copy as we would like to continue the tradition with our own children. Look forward to hearing from you soon, kind regards

David Wood Thursday, 5 January 2017 12:38
Thanks, Michelle, for your message.

Sorry to hear about this. In fact the production of THE GINGERBREAD MAN you mention is not one of my own. I think you mean the one that was presented in Malta.

Anyway, I will send you a separate e-mail with a few thoughts!

All good wishes,

86) Nancy Schroder 
New Zealand
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 04:59 Write a comment

Hi David - I am the Artistic Director for KISS Theatre Co. Kids In Show Seats programme for Southern Stars Charitable Trust, who provide live shows for children who are special needs and or living in low income families. I am interested in your script of the Gingerbread Man, Rupunzal & the Frog Prince, Georges Marvels Medicine. Is it possible to read a perusal copy? Kind regards

David Wood Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:12
Thanks, Nancy. Good to hear from you!

I will send you an e-mail in answer to your questions.

Best wishes,

85) Emily Gray 
Trestle Arts Base, St Albans
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Friday, 9 December 2016 13:13 Write a comment

Dear David,
I do hope all is well with you and I love the gingerbread man making your glasses sparkle! I would really welcome your wise advice on a matter of working with Roald Dahl characters (yes, the really mischievous ones brought to life through masks!). When you have a moment, please could you get in touch?
With love, Emily x
84) Daniel Huertas 
New York City
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Thursday, 8 December 2016 22:39 Write a comment

Good evening,

My name is Daniel Huertas. I am currently attending BMCC. This semester I am working on a thesis project of my choosing involving theatre. I am interested in researching the importance of educating children through theatre. One requirement is to contact a professional involved in theatre and I would like to ask a few questions involved with my thesis.

Would you be able to respond to a few? I would greatly appreciate it. Since you were involved in children’s plays I thought you’d make a great addition to my thesis. Please let me know.

Thank you,
Daniel Huertas

David Wood Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:48
Thanks for your message, Daniel. I will respond by e-mail!

Best wishes,

83) Suzie 
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 14:36 Write a comment

HI David

I run the Youth Theatre here at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury and am interested creating a Summer production using a number of your Roald Dahl playlets. What kind of publishing rights would I need to obtain in order to do this. I'm currently looking at The Witches (2 playlets), The Twits (2 playlets)and Matilda (2 playlets). Also,something you might be able to help with, we would like to use some of the text from Roald Dahl BOY. Do you know what the legalities around this.

I look forward to hearing from you.


David Wood Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:32
Thanks, Suzie.

Delighted to hear that you are interested in creating a production using some of the playlets from my Dahl: Plays for Children (Puffin). If you look at the performing rights section at the front of each book, you should see that you need to contact Samuel French Ltd. Look at their website for more details of how you contact them. You mention MATILDA. I'm afraid I haven't done a Plays for Children book, so you couldn't do anything by me. I don't think there are any playlets written yet based on MATILDA. I have done THE BFG, THE WITCHES, THE TWITS and DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.

I'm not sure what the situation will be regarding BOY. I suggest you write to Luke Holbrook at Casarotto Ramsay Ltd. who look after performance rights for Roald Dahl. His e-mail address is

All good wishes,

82) ACTion Community Theatre Company 
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 18:56 Write a comment

Hello David,

ACTion Community Theatre is absolutely delighted to have obtained amateur rights to perform your stage adaptation of Michelle Magorian's book 'Goodnight Mr Tom' Spring 2017 at The Terry O'Toole Theatre in Lincolnshire.
A lovely script, perfect for a community theatre company!

David Wood Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:03
Delighted to hear that ACTion Community Theatre will be performing my adaptation of Michelle Magorian's GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM in the Spring of next year. My very best wishes to everybody involved. I hope you enjoy performing the play as much as I enjoyed writing it! Best wishes, David
81) Teresa Diaz 
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Friday, 9 September 2016 19:21 Write a comment

Dear Mr Wood,
I just received "Mole's Bedtime Story" today (I ordered it a few days ago). There is a note signed by you as well! Thank you so much for that. I wanted to let you know that this is the first book my daughter Aisha ever read and she LOVED it. This might mean a lot more if I tell you that she suffers from autism (now she is 14 and she is high functioning). We are Spanish and she first read it in Spanish when she was 5 at her primary school in Spain. It belonged to her teacher so, when we had to give it back, I bought her the English version and she loved it too. We moved to Scotland almost 5 years ago and we left the book in Spain ... I am now doing my PGDE Primary Education and wanted to have this book that meant so much for us again. I received it today and we read it together again and it was like time travelling:) I must say that Aisha was thrilled at seeing your signed note. Thank you so much from both of us!

David Wood Monday, 19 September 2016 11:25
Thanks Teresa, for your lovely message! Delighted to hear that Aisha - and you - still remember MOLE'S BEDTIME STORY, both in Spanish and in English! It has certainly proved to be the most popular pop-in-the-slot books that Richard Fowler and I created together.

All good wishes to you and to Aisha, and good luck with your PGDE Primary Education!

Thanks again,

80) Shaun 
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Thursday, 1 September 2016 20:28 Write a comment

Dear Mr. Wood,

I am co-directing an amateur production of your wonderful play; James and the Giant Peach. Firstly, I want to say how fun it is working with your script. It is my first experience with children's theatre (other than panto) and I'm thoroughly enjoying. We are still in the early stages but, your script is pure gold for a director!

I wanted to ask your opinion on a little creative issue that we've been having. In your script, you suggest a total of 6 a actors, 5 of which double as insects etc. Due to logistics, we have cast a total of 7 adult actors, plus several children to play James and the chorus.

Similarly to your original, we have the 7 adult actors playing multiple roles, which is a brilliant theatrical device. But we feel that stylistically, that the script works best if all of the adults have an "insect" counterpart. This is a problem as in the script there is only 5 insects and we have 7 adults.

However, in the original book, there are two extra insects - Silkworm and Glowworm. So we have been toying with the idea of writing them in. What are your thoughts on this? We have been scratching our heads, trying to decide if this would work, and we thought who better to ask than you!

We know that you omitted those characters for a reason. And it is very clear, that they don't do an awful lot in the book. But do you think they can be written into the play without looking too forced? Do you think 7 insects will just be over cluttered?

Of course we have many ideas whizzing around of our own, on how this could work. But we thought we should ask your opinion, seeing are so open to discussion and know the play better that anyone else! So we thought, we'd just ask what you think, and maybe if you did have any suggestions?

Thank you so much in advance,


David Wood Monday, 5 September 2016 15:37
Thanks, Shaun, for your message. Delighted that you are enjoying working with my adaptation of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.

I would rather you didn't try to 'write in' the two extra insects. As you say, they were omitted for a purpose. It would be too complicated to involve them in the action, without considerably extending the scenes.

However, what I suggest is that you have two actors play the two Aunts, without them having to double with an insect role. You will find this helps, because the quick changes necessary if all four roles are played by the two actors can be a real problem! Not only that, to have two 'dedicated' Aunts could be an advantage, costume-wise and character-wise, depending on who you choose to play them!

Hope this works for you and that everybody enjoys the production.

All good wishes,

79) sara athari 
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Wednesday, 29 June 2016 09:31 Write a comment

Hello I am Sarah from Iran. I graduated from university I analyzed the gingerbread man plays you're a great writer. smile

David Wood Thursday, 30 June 2016 15:13
Thank you for your message, Sarah. I'm delighted to know that you enjoyed my plays and that you have graduated successfully!

All good wishes,

78) J Smith 
West Midlands
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Sunday, 19 June 2016 19:35 Write a comment

Well this is the third message l have left you, had no reply from my first two, must be something wrong with me. All l want to do is buy some books off you.

David Wood Monday, 27 June 2016 15:19
First, sincere apologies for the delay, but we have been experiencing problems with receiving messages from the website. Hopefully this is now sorted, but I realise you first wrote to me on the 5th June and I’m sorry it has taken so long to reply. I see that your grandson’s birthday is at the beginning of July. If you want to put in an order, we will send off the books straightaway, if necessary before we receive payment.

MOLE'S SUMMER STORY, SCARY MARY and SILLY SPIDER posted together would cost a total of £18.50 including postage and packing.
77) Maria Hart (Whittern) 
Keynsham, Bath & NE Somerset
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Hello David. I have just Google'd 'The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Little Thatre Bristol. To my delight it is recorded as playing there in 76/77. I remembered going to see this play and it has stayed with me all these years. My twin doesn't recall it or other junior school friends. I am so pleased as I can see the actors faces in my minds eye dressed as garden creatures. If anyone has photos of the Bristol production it would be great to see them. I loved it. I am 50 and saw this when I was 10. I have a special memory because of the school trip and the content of the play. I am more pleased to realise that it wasn't a figment of my imagination and I did see it at the Little Theatre.

David Wood Monday, 27 June 2016 15:35
Thanks, Maria, for your lovely message. I remember that production of PLOTTERS very well. It was directed by David Horlock, with whom I had been at school in Chichester. He was a year or two ahead of me, but we both ended up going to Oxford and from there into the professional theatre. Jenny Galloway played Maggot.

I’m sure that the Bristol Old Vic, of which the Little Theatre was a part, will have an archive. It may even be lodged with the University of Bristol Drama Department. I’m sure you might find photos of the production there.

The play had success in London for two years at the Shaw Theatre, and several repertory theatres produced it, just like Bristol. It is still performed, more than forty years later, in schools and by youth groups, and it is quite popular in Germany!

The play is published by Samuel French Ltd., if you were ever interested to read it!

Thank you so much for remembering the play with affection!

All good wishes,

76) Jenny 
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 18:58 Write a comment

Dear David
I hope this finds you well. My story I'm afraid does not have a happy ending and I'm reaching out for your help.
A now 73 year old nun did your wonderful Cinderella adaptation many years ago. She was kind enough to lend her only score to have it binned by a corporate company where it was left in reception for collection and return. The company in question have not been helpful (at all) in assisting here and I feel terribly responsible. She is a collector and has many many scores. Is there any way we could replace this score for her.? Thank you for your taking the time to read this
Kindest regards

David Wood Monday, 27 June 2016 15:30
Thanks, Jenny for your message. I will send you an e-mail in reply. Delighted that my CINDERELLA adaptation found favour!

Best wishes,

75) Rodney Pearson 
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Wednesday, 15 June 2016 12:38 Write a comment

Dear David
I'm currently re-reading the Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner and the Papertown Paperchase with a view to directing as the January show for Cobham Players. I love them both. I have the original and revised editions of Papertown but has Plotters been revised? My 'used' copy, which I bought on the internet, looks like a SF original and dates from well before 1980.
Kind regards

David Wood Monday, 27 June 2016 15:33
Thanks, Rodney. Sorry for the delayed reply.

PLOTTERS has never been revised. Maybe it should be! I have always felt that the first half was a bit long!

THE PAPERTOWN PAPERCHASE was revised simply as a result of me directing it myself several years after the original production. I was fortunate enough to be able to re-shape it a bit in the rehearsal room!

Do hope you decide to do one of the two plays. Let me know dates if you do!

All good wishes,
74) Judith Selves 
East Grinstead, Sussex
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Friday, 10 June 2016 16:09 Write a comment

The Owl and the Pussycat went to See.
Dear Mr Wood,
I saw this play performed by Burgess Hill Theatre Club about 20 years ago and never forgot the villainous Plum Pudding Flea and other scroobidobious characters. Moving to present day, I found myself in a wonderful Prep School, with the responsibility of having to direct the 'Year 6 Play!' Owl and Puss was certainly a challenging play for thirty two 10-11 year olds, but they really did it proud when they performed it on 27th May. As a first time director, they really did me proud too and can honestly say that watching their performance was one of my career highlights. The children - thespians and audience alike went crazy for it and it was very well received by colleagues and parents. With thanks and very warm regards.
Judith Selves

David Wood Monday, 27 June 2016 15:26
Thanks, Judith for your message.

Delighted that THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEE... went well! And that you have been invited to direct another play!

NUTCRACKER SWEET might not offer you enough opportunities for a large cast. But it is a play that I remember working very well when I directed it!

You might also look at THE PLOTTERS OF CABBAGE PATCH CORNER, which is about insects in a garden. THE PAPERTOWN PAPERCHASE is also worth looking at. There is a revised version – ask Samuel French to make sure you get that one!

Or you might fancy tackling a Dahl adaptation! THE WITCHES might be a little old for your age group, but probably not! FANTASTIC MR FOX would be particularly doable!

Very good luck with it all. Let me know what you decide and I will try to come to the school, if you wanted me to!

All good wishes,

73) Mrs J. Smith 
West Midlands
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Sunday, 5 June 2016 11:49 Write a comment

Hi David.
I would like to order 3 of your books for my grandson. The books l want are Silly Spider, Scary Mary and Moles Summer Story.
Could you tell me how l go about ordering them, and what the cost would be including post and packaging.
Thanking you
Josephine Smith
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