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The Last Monster In Scotland

5 out of 5 based on 11 customer ratings
(11 customer reviews)

By Mick Riddell and Bridget Burge
All-Year-Round musical for KS2 (ages 7-11).
Running time approx: 60 minutes

 

Fanning the flames of the legend of Nessie, this beautiful tale reminds us of the importance of having an open mind, a healthy imagination and the courage to stand by what we believe to be true. With a folky musical style and a witty, heart-warming script, whether you’re north or south of the border this feel-good production promises to be a monster of a treat for everyone involved!

Sample Songs

Listen below to some of the songs from The Last Monster In Scotland

Plot Summary

Following the introductory song (‘Drumnadrochit’), we meet the hapless Katie Allbright and her fellow reporters at the rural newspaper, the Diddlesbury Gazette (song – ‘This Media Merry-Go-Round’). Displeased with the recent calamities caused by Katie whilst reporting on local events, her editor sends her ‘out of the way’ where she can’t get into any more trouble! She is dispatched to the small town of Drumnadrochit, on the shores of Loch Ness, to cover the story of a recent sighting of the legendary Nessie.

On arriving in Drumnadrochit, with no expenses budget, Katie pitches a tent down by the waterside. From here she witnesses the comings and goings of some interesting characters, in particular three wizened old locals (Malcolm McPhee, Maggie McDougal and Mo McDonald) who are ‘guardians’ of the loch and of the legend in which it is shrouded. (song – ‘The Guardians’ Song’). They entertain a group of schoolchildren and their teacher with tales of Nessie, and McPhee explains how, as a young man, he gave up his sweetheart, Agnes, to dedicate his life to being a guardian. (song – ‘Make It All Worthwhile’). The calm lochside atmosphere is soon shattered by a group of loud American tourists who, despite wanting to see a bit of culture and history, complain about the portion sizes in the local tea-rooms, and demand to know when Nessie will be making an appearance so they can snap her with their expensive cameras! (song – ‘The Good Ol’ USA’).

However, it is the arrival of the famous legend-busting scientist, Cecil Franklin Pyke, which causes the biggest stir. (song – ‘Scientists’). Announcing that he and his research assistants are here to prove once-and-for-all that Nessie does not exist, the future of Drumnadrochit and the locals who rely on the legend is thrown into uncertainty. We learn that once upon a time every loch in Scotland was home to a monster, but one by one they had disappeared. They had drowned in the waters of doubt and disbelief; a situation brought about by science and a modern world that has little imagination. (song – ‘The Monsters’ Cry’). Will Nessie, the last remaining monster, suffer the same fate now that Cecil Franklin-Pyke is in town?

Or will a strange, fantastical experience at the water’s edge mean that Katie can breathe new life into the legend of Nessie before it’s too late? Dare she even speak of what she’s seen? (song – ‘Help Me To Find A Way’). Will people, in particular her editor at the Diddlesbury Gazette, think she’s lost her marbles? (song – ‘A Wee Bit Doolally’). Well, with surprises and twists right to the bitter end, the outcome of this fishy tale is far from certain!

Characters

34 Speaking parts in order of appearance
*Click on the Line count/Costumes tab for more details

Mr/s Farthington – editor of the Diddlesbury Gazette
4 Reporters
Katie Allbright
– bumbling would-be investigative journalist
Guardians of Loch Ness:
Mo McDonald
Maggie McDougal
Malcolm McPhee
Young McPhee
Agnes
– his sweetheart
Miss Taggart – a teacher
6 Children
6 American Tourists
Professor Cecil Franklin Pyke
– legend-busting scientific genius
4 Scientists – his research assistants
4 Locals
Nessie

Ensemble characters for featured scenes, songs and choreography, if numbers allow:
Reporters
Children
Tourists
Scientists
Locals

What do you get?

This musical production is available to buy in 3 different formats. When ordering, simply choose the option (details below) which best suits your requirements.

  • Option 1 – Book & Audio CD.
    A wire-bound book containing the full script with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 2 – CD-ROM & Audio CD.
    A CD-ROM containing both a PDF and an editable MS Word document of the full script, with detailed stage directions, character information, tips and suggestions for costumes, props and scenery, and a PDF of the piano score for all songs. An audio CD of all songs (backing tracks & vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required.
  • Option 3 – Digital download.
    All the PDF and MS Word files from Option 2 above, all audio tracks as MP3 files, plus JPEG files of cover artwork for use in making posters or other promotional material. Upon completion of your order, a link will be automatically sent to the email address you provided, from which all the files can be downloaded.

Any order containing a digital download option must be paid for online at the point of ordering. Any order containing a digital download which is not accompanied by payment will not be processed.

UK schools can order Book & Audio CD and CD-ROM & Audio CD options with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK schools and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for these at the point of ordering.

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What others are saying

  1. 5 out of 5 belton

    amazing. played in a school play 2 years ago !!!

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  2. 5 out of 5

    Awesome

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  3. 5 out of 5 Katie

    GREAT , i was katie. double katie

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  4. 5 out of 5 Steven Cousins, Chesterfield

    A fabulous story, full of twists and turns with great songs too. Thank you for recommending this play, it did not disappoint.

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  5. 5 out of 5 Molly McFadden, Corpus Christi

    Great! We are doing this for our year 6 production.:)

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  6. 5 out of 5 Gabrielle, Blackburn

    Absolutely brilliant my daughter loved it

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  7. 5 out of 5 Daniele Lawrence, Reading, Berkshire

    I LOVED this play and my school did this one for our leavers play – I was McDonald.

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  8. 5 out of 5 Luke, Corpus Christi

    I absolutely LOVED it! I was Professor Pyke.

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  9. 5 out of 5 Allly Barbour, Law Primary, North Berwick

    Our P7s did The Last Monster in Scotland and loved it! I have used several of Edgy’s Musicals and they are all superbly written and scored. I would recommend any of Edgy’s Musicals, especially Troy Story. Many thanks.

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  10. 5 out of 5 Amritha, Garden International school

    awsome it’s so good!!!!!

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  11. 5 out of 5 sophie, glasgow

    brilliant!

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