A play by David Wood.
Adapted from the book THE SHEEP-PIG by Dick King-Smith.
First performed in 1997/8 by Whirligig Theatre at the New Victoria Theatre, Woking and on a nationwide No.1 UK tour, in association with the Manchester Library Theatre Company and the Birmingham Hippodrome.
The tour was made possible by Barclays Stage Partnership, a sponsorship scheme from Barclays Bank and the Arts Council of England.
The play has had several productions in the United States, including the Dallas Children’s Theatre, and is becoming popular in Germany. Presented for Christmas 2002/3 by the Sherman Theatre, Cardiff, the play is popular with amateur companies.
This is a tale of high adventure in the farmyard; of humble beginnings and courageous triumphs.
This is the story of one piglet’s rise to become the world famous “sheep-pig”.
When Babe is won by Farmer Hogget at the village fair an extraordinary friendship develops, one that will change the whole farm.
With the help of his new “mother”, the old dog Fly, Babe fast learns the herding instinct, and it’s not long before this most polite of pigs wins over the most suspicious of sheep.
When the day of the Grand Challenge Sheep-Dog Trials dawns, the whole farm holds its breath to see whether Babe will triumph, against all odds, to become the hero of the hour.
The original book inspired the hugely successful film, BABE.
The original cast employed ten actors and ten children (playing puppies and sheep). Most of the actors played several roles. Companies with more actors available could use a larger cast.
“There comes a happy point in children’s theatre when one can almost forget the word ‘children’s’ and declare : This is real theatre, with an appeal to all, from infant to octogenarian, in whom a sense of wonder and a bright imagination are alive and well. So it is in David Wood’s adaptation…”
Eastern Daily Press
“The show is absolutely enchanting. It’s aimed at kids but the drama, the tension, the humour, the lovable heroes and menacing villains, make it compelling theatre for grown-ups too… a crackling good story, beautifully adapted for the stage”
“What marvellous theatre … As for the denouement – well, children applauding Babe for driving the sheep through the trial gate is just terrific theatre… First class.”
“When a packed theatre is chanting the lead character’s name at the end of a production, it’s fair to assume you’ve got a hit on your hands. So it was with BABE, THE SHEEP-PIG as the hundreds of young children (and a few adults) acclaimed a masterful adaptation… A delight.”
Birmingham Evening Mail
“David Wood’s script is the real star… The kids in the audience revelled in the slapstick… Everyone got involved when Fly beseeched the crowd to recall a password to help Babe… This production should inspire many more across the country.”
Dallas Morning News
The play is published by Samuel French Ltd. First Class Professional, Repertory & Foreign Rights : Casarotto Ramsay Ltd. UK Amateur Rights : Samuel French Ltd. US Stock and Amateur Rights: Samuel French Inc. Optional incidental music, composed by Peter Pontzen for the original production, is available from Samuel French Ltd.