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39) Samantha du Plooy 
South Africa
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Thursday, 10 April 2014 14:10 Write a comment

Dear David. I am a teacher at a preparatory school called Oatlands. The Grade 1's, 2"s and 3's do a concert at the end of each year and we would love to use your "Fantastic Mr. Fox" script. How much will it cost us?
Regards Samantha

David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:24
Thanks, Samantha, for your message. Apologies for delay.

Most of my plays, including FANTASTIC MR FOX are published and licensed by Samuel French Ltd. They have agents in South Africa. They can tell you the cost of a licence to perform the play.

I will ask Samuel French to contact you direct.

I do hope you do the play!

All good wishes.

38) Nix Barnaville 
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Friday, 7 March 2014 10:17 Write a comment

Hi David,
I just wanted to thank you for a wonderfully inspiring workshop at Worcester University last Weds. I had become a bit bogged down with the academic on the MA and it was great to be up and exploring the magic of children's theatre.
I have a company called Hinged Theatre and we devised a play called "Vasalisa and The Peacock" which is an adaptation of the Russian fairy tale "Vasalisa the wise" and features Baba Yaga the witch.
We recieved funding to devise the show , but we are having problems getting it out there and touring .The show needs more development I feel but in order to do that we need a commission or interested bookers.Can you offer any advice ?
Our website is where you can watch our promo video from the outdoor show ,the promo for the indoor version is
We are circus performers so have the unique angle of using aerial artistry and acrobatics in our production , I would love to know your thoughts.
Hope you had a safe journey back,
Best wishes
37) Zoe 
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Thursday, 30 January 2014 13:41 Write a comment

Hello, I would just like to know what as the first children's play you ever wrote as I am researching your work for my college work. Thank you.

David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 11:56
Thanks, Zoe, for your message. Apologies for the delay.

The very first plays for children I wrote were for my puppet theatre when I was ten years old! These plays featured puppets that I had been given. There was a Sooty, a policeman, a cowboy, a Minnie Mouse, and others! These plays are now looked after by Seven Stories in Newcastle, who have my archive!

The more sensible answer to your question is that the very first children's play I wrote professionally, for production in a theatre, was an adaptation of THE TINDER BOX, the story by Hans Christian Andersen. This was in 1967. I wrote it for the Worcester Repertory Company based at the Swan Theatre, Worcester, at the request of the Theatre Director, John Hole, whose idea it was to do this particular story.

To be honest, I don't think it was a very good play. It has never been published! But it was good enough for John to ask me to write the Christmas play the following year. This turned out to be THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEE..., which ended up being performed all over the UK and, indeed, all over the world! Lucky me!

All good wishes.

36) Bridget 
Cape Town, South Africa
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014 14:07 Write a comment

Dear David,

I am a grade 3 (year 2) teacher working in Cape Town and this year I will be directing and producing the school's play. The play will use a main cast of between 6 - 10 main characters. The "extras" will be the classes in the school (who would not have speaking roles but would do a dance etc.) We have roughly 645 children in the school and each child will be involved.

I have been looking for a suitable script to adapt to the needs and size of my school and I have been inspired by the work you have shown on your website. Your plays and books sound amazing!

I was wondering if I would be able to purchase a script to use but I wasn't able to find one online. I was hoping that you could maybe assist me in this regard. If you are unable to help then don't worry I will keep trawling the internet.

Kind regards

David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:06
Thanks, Bridget, for your message. Apologies for the delay. I do hope you have managed to find a suitable play.

Plays of mine that might work include DINOSAURS AND ALL THAT RUBBISH, which is a musical. Then there is THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEE... THE LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER'S LUNCH is another possibility.

However, none of these plays have been written for such a large cast!

If you found a script on my website that you liked the look of, I would be able to tell you how to get hold of a copy. Look in the MY PLAYS section of the website for more information.

All good wishes.

35) Rachel 
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Saturday, 4 January 2014 01:34 Write a comment

Dear David,

I am looking to stage a production of your excellent 'The Owl and the Pussycat Went to See...' with a big cast of children. As the venue is large, we are looking to have a band, rather than just a piano, accompanying them. Do you know if there are any band parts or orchestration available for this show? I can only find the piano and vocal score online.

Thanks vey much for your help,


David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 13:19
Thanks, Rachel, for your message. Apologies for the delay.

I'm afraid there is no published orchestration of THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT WENT TO SEE... The piano/vocal score is the only one available.

There have been productions with more musicians, but the orchestrations are not commercially available.

I remember that Neil Rhoden was the musical director of a production at Bristol Old Vic Theatre School some years ago. He made a recording of the songs, using several musicians, I think. But he retired some years ago!

Sorry I cannot be more helpful.

All good wishes.

34) Analiese Hamm 
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Saturday, 28 December 2013 14:46 Write a comment

I thoroughly enjoyed your adaptation of The Witches and I am very much inspired to cut it into a humorous interpretation piece for one of my students to use as a competition piece. I of course want to do this in the most legal way. What permissions or royalties would I need to address?

David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:35
Thanks, Alaliese, for your message. Apologies for the delay.

To get permission to use an excerpt from my adaptation of THE WITCHES, you would have to approach Samuel French. This is the company that publishes and licenses my plays.

I think you are writing from the United States, in which case you should contact Samuel French Inc. in New York. If you google them, you will find their contact details.

I am sure they will be helpful. If not, feel free to come back to me!

I hope your student does well.

All good wishes.

33) Kirsty Robinson 
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Wednesday, 25 December 2013 12:53 Write a comment

Hi David,

My mum emailed you a while back with a story about how our mole took a trip down the back of the sofa for a number of years before we rediscovered him. I'd just like to thank you and Richard for giving me lots of wonderful memories and a great story to tell in my life writing class at university! I was delighted to receive a new copy of Mole's Bedtime Story this Christmas, and am so pleased that it is continued to be published. Mole thought he would never find his bed again!

Thank you for making this Christmas magical - Mole is all snuggled up in bed where he belongs; he is very tired after all those years in the sofa!

Merry Christmas!

David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:40
Thanks, Kirsty, for your message. Apologies for the delay.

Delighted to hear that you were pleased to receive a new copy of MOLE'S BEDTIME STORY. Richard and I were delighted to hear how much you loved the book, and how your adventurous mole decided to hide in the furniture!

You may have noticed that Richard's illustrations for the book were different from the original ones! When the book was republished, he decided to give it a new look!

All good wishes.

32) Jennifer 
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Saturday, 12 October 2013 01:53 Write a comment

Hi David.
I have most of your pop through the slot books and as a childminder i use them everyday but i am having difficulty locating the im a silly spider. I thought i had one the other day but they have just emailed me to say it was damaged. I dont know if you can help. I have tried amazon etc but the cost was extortionate. The one i found was reasonable at £20+ but it has been cancelled.Do you know of anywhere that may have it in stock as the children love your books and my first one was funny bunny over 25 years ago and you sent me another one the other day as my original has been well loved and i had to replace it. Many ghanks

David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 14:58
Thanks, Jennifer, for your message. Apologies for the long delay. We have had severe website problems!

I'm delighted to hear that you use my books, and that they are popular!

The good news is that SILLY SPIDER has just been republished, so it is available again! You should be able to find it on Amazon. It is now a paperback, not a hardback.

If you have any problems, let me know.

You can also buy it direct from me. If you look in the MY BOOKS of the website, it will put you through to me!

Also, have you seen SCARY MARY? This is the new title that Richard Fowler and I published last year. It is another pop-in-the-slot book. It is about a rather naughty hippo!

All good wishes.

31) Alex Stroud 
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Monday, 30 September 2013 22:51 Write a comment

Dear David,

My first memories of the theatre were all made watching your plays at the Queen's in Hornchurch.
I remember knowing they were something really special & crying at the loss when they were over! Many years later and reading 'Theatre for Children', I felt an overwhelming urge to say thank you for such a wonderful introduction. I'm now a primary school teacher & writer and believe that every child should have the opportunity to experience that same magic.

Yours gratefully & with best wishes,


David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:23
Thanks, Alex, for your message. Apologies for the long delay.

Delighted to hear that you remember my plays at the Queen's, Hornchurch. John Hole, the director of the theatre, and his team, really did me proud! They put on splendid productions of the plays, which I wrote especially for them. Large casts, very impressive scenery!

The plays were all published, and are still performed, although not as much as I would like! My favourite was MOTHER GOOSE'S GOLDEN CHRISTMAS.

So pleased that you are teaching and giving children the chance to experience the magic of literature and of the theatre.

All good wishes.

30) Joe Bolingbroke 
Brighton, United Kingdom
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Friday, 27 September 2013 00:03 Write a comment

Dear David Wood
I love The Gingerbread Man TV Series and I hope to see the Theatre production of it one day. Whatever happened to the Puppets from the TV series and what do you think became of the Gingerbread Man and all his friends? Since the series only having 13 episodes (12 of them are on YouTube)

David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:30
Thanks, Joe, for your message. Apologies for the long delay.

When FilmFair offered to make a series based on my play THE GINGERBREAD MAN, I was absolutely thrilled. FilmFair, of course, had produced classics like THE WOMBLES and THE HERBS.

By then, however, they had been taken over by Central Television. But many of the animators were still there, working in a studio near the BBC Television Centre in Shepherd's Bush.

Since then, the rights of the series has gone from company to company! It is all a bit confusing. But the DVDs are still available via Abbey Media.

As to the whereabouts of the puppets, what a very good question that is! I honestly don't know. The main animator, an excellent artist called Martin Pullen, may have the answers, but I have no idea where he is!

Thanks for your interest.

All good wishes.

29) Gordon Royce 
London NW3
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Sunday, 15 September 2013 00:03 Write a comment

Hi David

I just heard you on a Radio 4 quiz show and I didnt realise you played Jonny in If..It was a film I saw with a friend when I was 18yo and we thought it was amazing and mad a huge impression on us! I think its one of top 10 films and I still like it
I wondered what happened to Rupert Webster who played Bobby Philips as there is no record of him on Google and also if Richard Warwick who played Wallace was gay?

I would appreciate a reply when you can

Many thanks

Gordon Royce

David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:36
Thanks, Gordon, for your message. Apologies for the long delay.

So pleased you enjoyed IF.... looking back, it was a privilege to be part of a film that became such a cult success, and is now regarded as a classic.

Recently I was filmed talking about IF.... The interview was to be included in the Blue Ray version of the film. I don't know whether they eventually used it or not!

The last time I met Rupert was when the film was re-launched in a Shaftesbury Avenue premiere some ten years ago. He was well. But I don't know what he was doing! Sadly Richard Warwick died some years ago. He was a delightful man and a splendid actor.

All good wishes.

28) Selena Kelly 
West London
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013 13:22 Write a comment

Hi David

I am a primary school Head of Drama and I would really love to put on a production of The BFG A Set of Plays with my 8-9 Year Olds. We would only be showing it to the parents and rest of school and will not be charging entry for it. I've tried to apply for the rights via Samuel French LTD. but I can't seem to be able to find the version I want there. There is another version but I don't think it's the one you wrote for schools.
The ISBN is: 978-0-14-240792-9
I really hope that we will be successful in gaining the rights to put it on.
Best wishes

David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 15:57
Thanks, Selena, for your message. Sincere apologies for the long delay, which was caused by the fact that your message didn’t reach me for many months. I won’t go into a lengthy explanation, but apologies, anyway.

What interests about your request is that you talk about THE BFG A SET OF PLAYS. This sounds like the American edition of THE BFG: PLAYS FOR CHILDREN, published by Puffin.

A licence for the rights to perform one or several of the plays should indeed be granted by Samuel French Ltd. Have you actually spoken to them, or written to them?

They also publish and license my full-length adaptation of THE BFG. This is performed by professional and amateur groups, but is not ideal for primary school play use. This is why I created the Puffin version.

The ISBN number you quote is indeed the American edition. The one I think you need is the UK edition, ISBN 978-0-140-36367-8. Inside you will find the details of Samuel French Ltd.

Do hope this helps.

All good wishes.

27) Robert Sloan 
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Friday, 6 September 2013 08:50 Write a comment

Hi David, here at Rugby Theatre we recently put on a devised kids show in the local park called Story in the Park. I would very much like to send you the script to get some of your feedback and any advice you may have on how to get it published. Each year we put on a kids show of this kind so we would be keen to develop this area of our work further.

Regards, Rob (Writer and Director)

David Wood Tuesday, 15 July 2014 16:04
Thanks, Robert, for your message. Apologies for the delay.

I will send you an e-mail separately.

All good wishes.

26) Sophie Neville 
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Wednesday, 21 August 2013 13:19 Write a comment

Dear David,

We have just heard you imitating Mrs Ransomed on Radio 4 - absolutely wonderful!

I have been writing a Blog on the secrets of filming 'Swallows & Amazons' in 1973 and thought I ought to add a photograph I have just found of me wearing your snazzy velvet hat on Peel Island in the Lake District. Do have a look at the piece and let me know if I have the details correct.(please type my name into Google and it will come up). I hope it will bring lots of people to your website. By coincidence a DVD of your movie '..If'has just arrived from Love Film for me to watch with Susanna Hamilton who is coming to stay soon. Do get in touch. I gather you made contact with my mother recently so was half-expecting to hear from you. Yours, Sophie

Thanks so much for your message Sophie. Lovely to hear from you. I will be sending you a proper answer by email! Yes, I started to leave a message on your mother’s website, but pressed the wrong key, I think!! Really good to hear you are still remembering SWALLOWS with affection! Difficult to believe forty years have passed since the film was made!

Love and best wishes, David x
25) Andrew Wrigley 
West Yorkshire
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Tuesday, 20 August 2013 01:04 Write a comment

I read the message copied below on your website - it could have been my family! I would so love to find a copy of the cassette of the "Meg and Mog Show" I could just imagine my two daughters now in their mid twenties falling to the floor in sheer disbelief if I could play the Steggy, Steggy, Steggy song to them. Wonderful stuff and such happy memories of seeing it at the Arts Theatre. Do you have any idea where I could find a copy of the casette?

Andrew Wrigley

Dear David,
Many (!) years ago I took my 3 daughters to see the "Meg and Mog Show" and they still remember all the songs perfectly!! The eldest is now a PhD stuedent in Critical Theory, the middle one is just starting a degree in Theatre Studies and the youngest in English Lit! I am convinced that their wonderful early experiences of the theatre contributed to all three developing a huge love of literature and theatre - so many many thanks for your wonderful contribution to enriching the lives of so many young people!!
We played the tape of songs from the show over and over again but it is now (tragically!) lost. I would love to play it for them at our next family get-together - do you have any idea where I could obtain a copy please?
Many thanks again for all your work - and good luck for the future!!
From: Helen Mordsley

Thanks, Andrew, for your message, and for remembering with affection MEG AND MOG SHOW. There has recently been talk of reviving the show, but I have no idea whether this is a real possibility! I directed it five times at the Arts, and it brings back lots of good memories.

The cassette is no longer available, but you can hear all the songs on it on this website. In the SIGHTS AND SOUNDS section, click on the MEG AND MOG SHOW logo and they start playing straight away! Maureen Lipman was, of course, an archetypal Meg. And it’s fun hearing Julia McKenzie singing DAY TRIP TO THE MOON.

I’m currently arranging for the songs to be available via I-Tunes. In the meantime, I hope you and your daughters enjoy them on the website!! I’m flattered that they like the STEGGY song – it’s me singing it on the track!! For some reason the actor who created Steggy on stage wasn’t able to sing on the recording!

All good wishes,

24) David Marley 
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Monday, 5 August 2013 15:05 Write a comment


Just seen on Amazon that the fantastic Jackanory adaptation of The Hobbit you were in is going to be out on CD in October!

Wonderful news, but, no DVD? Was the video lost, or is it a copyright thing. The set, & seeing all of you performing added so much to the whole experience.

Can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to experiencing it all again

David Marley

Thanks, David. The news in your message came as a complete surprise! I was pleased to hear that the BBC are releasing our JACKANORY hobbit as a cd – but it would have been nice if they had told me!! Or contacted my agent! Heigh ho!

Years ago there were attempts made to release a video, but the Tolkien Estate refused permission, saying there were too many versions on the market. Presumably, now the hype of the films of LORD OF THE RINGS has died down a little, they have relaxed a bit! But not enough to allow a dvd! Or perhaps there isn’t a master tape of suitable quality....

Anyway, thank you for alerting me to the release of the cd! Hope it brings back some memories! We had fun doing it – at the old Lime Grove Studios. We were in a studio next to the GRANDSTAND studio, where Des Lynham was introducing – live – the Saturday afternoon programme. In our lunch break, Bernard Cribbins and I crept in to watch, and were tempted to interrupt the broadcast!! But we were too law-abiding!

All good wishes,

23) Donna Endean 
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Friday, 10 May 2013 15:55 Write a comment

I was lucky enough to attend Allfarthing School and be part of the choir. I have such great memories of Mrs Quarmby and our visit to Abbey Road studios to record your songbook.

It's great to now see my own children enjoy such a classic! Wish there was a YouTube clip of our pebble mill at one performance out there.

David Wood Tuesday, 22 July 2014 10:51
Thanks, Donna, for your message. Yes, it was exciting when we went to Abbey Road Studios and recorded my SONGBOOK. I was delighted that the extraordinary Pat Quarmby was willing to let me work with her choir. You also did a great job.

Our trip to Birmingham to appear on BBC TV's Pebble Mill at One was also memorable! I wonder if anyone recorded it on video? I will check through all my old tapes and see! It would indeed be fun to see it on YouTube!

All good wishes.

22) Marcus Clarke FRSA 
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Friday, 12 April 2013 09:09 Write a comment

Hi David, long time since Tricky Business! Lovely to see you on the BBC. I have a very successful CiTV TV series called Bookaboo, 2x Bafta's, in which Celebrities share Stories with me as Bookaboo. We're currently still making our 3rd Series and I would like to put you forward as a possible guest. Mike Rosen came on and read the Night Pirates. I hope this interests you let me know. I'm currently doing a Teacher Training course at Warrick Uni too as I deliver all sorts of Puppetry and Storytelling workshops to Schools etc. Some SEN so I was especially interested in your Aspergers friendly Play staging, fascinating.
21) Sue Clyde 
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Sunday, 24 February 2013 07:59 Write a comment

Hi David, a voice from the past !! I took Oli and Poppy 2 of my grandchildren to see Goodnight Mr Tom at Theatre Royal, Brighton yesterday, and we all really loved it. Your special magic hasn't diminished !

I am trying to persuade them to write you a message too, hopefully I will suceed !!

Hope you are well and congrats on your OBE.

Love, Sue
20) Vicky Smith 
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Wednesday, 13 February 2013 14:20 Write a comment

Dear David,
My daughter was given the book called 'Funny Bunny' from her Grandma. My daughter is 21 months old and adores this story, especially when bunny disappears in the spotty house but she finds him in the stripy house, she in fits of laughter! I have just bought her 'Scary Mary', which she really enjoys, I must read it several times to her! She will be getting the last two stories for her birthday. I hope there are more to come as they are brilliant and I will be recommending your books to other parents! :)

David Wood Tuesday, 22 July 2014 11:21
Dear Vicky,

Last year you kindly left a message in my Guestbook. Thank you, and big apologies if I haven't replied before! Website problems made it hard to access messages for a while (rather a long while!).

Anyway, I do hope your daughter, now 3 years old!, is still enjoying FUNNY BUNNY and SCARY MARY. Has she got MOLE'S BEDTIME STORY and MOLE'S SUMMER STORY? And SILLY SPIDER has just been republished! Details on Amazon or on my website.

All good wishes.

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