Superb Musicals, Songs & Assemblies for Primary Schools

Jill & Fred’s Most Hysterical Historical Adventure

(6 customer reviews)

By Andrew Oxspring & Nick Haworth
Musical production for youth theatre & drama groups
Ideal for ages: 9-13+
Speaking roles: 47
Adaptable to cast size: 25-60+
Ideal cast size: 55
Running time approx: 70 minutes


In this rip-roaring race through time and space, on a mission to keep an elderly couple’s dream alive, besties Jill and Fred learn some important lessons from their hilarious, Horrible Histories-esque encounters with the past’s most famous (and some not-so-famous) characters! Under the watchful eye of Alexa, their digital friend whom they have unwittingly brought to life, Jill and Fred (and the audience) are given a hugely-entertaining, informative musical reminder of the bravery, ingenuity and sacrifice of those who went before! So hold on tight – it’s gonna be a bumpy ride!


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What do you get?

This musical production bundle is available to buy in 2 different formats. When ordering, simply choose the option (details below) which best suits your requirements.

  • Option 1 – Physical Product
    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 with vocal top-line for all songs. An audio CD of all songs, fully-orchestrated (backing tracks & demo vocal tracks) plus continuity/incidental music and sound effects where required. A disc containing digital backdrops for all scenes which can be projected onto your back wall or copied onto scenery boards. Cover artwork for the production of posters and promotional material. Licences to cover your copying of scripts, public performances and recording, duplication, streaming and upload to social media of those public performances.
  • Option 2 – Digital Download
    All content from Option 1 above, downloaded directly to your computer as MS Word documents, PDF, MP3 and JPEG files. 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 youth theatres and drama groups an order the physical product with an invoice to be paid within 30 days. Non-UK youth theatres and drama groups and private individuals and private individuals (not ordering on behalf of a school) are required to pay for these at the point of ordering.

Plot Summary

Meet Jill and Fred: social media-savvy besties, gadget-addicts and online influencers! Their army of dedicated followers hang on their every video post, to find out what’s hot and what’s not!
Song – Hashtag # Living Our Best Life

So, Jill’s grandparents have a problem. After years spent together as keen historians and archaeologists, visiting sites and collecting artefacts from every historical period you can think of, they now run a local museum. Their dream is, through this museum, to pass on their love of History to the younger generations, to spark their imaginations and keep the past alive. Unfortunately, visitor numbers are dwindling. These days, it seems that fewer people are interested in the past; everyone’s just into shiny new things that flash and beep, the next bit of technology or gadget that’s going to light up their life. Unless they can find a way to inspire and enthuse people with a passion for History, it looks like their museum will have to close!
Song – Fall In Love With History

At a loss, the grandparents turn to Jill and Fred for help, hoping they can ‘influence’ their thousands of followers to come to the museum. But with little passion for History themselves, Jill and Fred fail to get any response from their initial half-hearted attempts to promote the museum online. When they jokingly ‘ask Alexa’ for some ideas, they miraculously discover, by simply saying ‘please’ to her, that she comes to life, promising to make their wishes come true! Who’d have thought it! Song – Alexa’s Song

Alexa takes control of the situation, telling Jill and Fred that she will take them back to key periods in History, where they can capture real-life video footage of the lives of the people they encounter! With this footage they can create dynamic and entertaining posts for their online followers to watch, showing them just how fascinating and, more importantly, how cool History is, and persuade them to visit the museum! And so, with more magic and trickery, their journey into the past begins!

Their first stop is a Victorian school classroom in 1838, five years after the Factory Act and a year into Queen Victoria’s reign. Jill and Fred witness the comical antics of a teacher trying to control a class of children who wonder if their hazardous jobs cleaning chimneys and working in the cotton mills are less taxing than trying to get an education! Song – Victorian Kids

Next, it’s off to Ancient Egypt, where the time-travellers find themselves at the mummification ceremony of the great Pharaoh Cheops! The high priest is training four apprentices in the gory mummification process, with hilarious results! Song – Mummified

Jill and Fred then arrive in Jorvik, in the year 933, where a Viking focus-group is meeting to discuss ways they can change their public image! How can their reputation for being violent, pillaging marauders be altered? With difficulty, it would seem! Song – When You’re A Viking

In the court of Elizabeth 1st, a ghostly visitation by her mother, Anne Boleyn, sheds some light on the real reason why the queen has decided to stay single, despite her glorious achievements and the advances of some very eligible suitors! Song – Gloriana

Jill and Fred’s final destination is the trenches at Ypres, on Christmas Day, 1914. In a poignant scene we learn how a short-lived truce and a football match highlighted the futility of war, and immortalised the lives of so many. Song – Me And The Boys

Armed with the most awe-inspiring content for the coolest ever History lesson, have Jill and Fred done enough to save the museum? Well, the final uplifting song will certainly help, showing us all that we truly stand on the shoulders of giants and should be eternally thankful for the sacrifices, ingenuity and sheer dogged determination of The Ones Who Went Before.

Sample Songs

Listen below to the songs from ‘Jill & Fred’s Most Hysterical Historical Adventure’


47 speaking parts 
(This number can be easily increased or reduced to suit your cast size – suggestions included.) 

4 Narrators
5 Friends

The Victorians

The Egyptians

The Vikings

The Tudors
Queen Elizabeth 1st
3 Ladies-in-waiting
Walter Raleigh
The Ghost of Anne Boleyn

4 Soldiers
4 Nurses

Non-speaking characters (if numbers allow) for featured songs 
Friends of Jill and Fred
Victorian School Children
Dancing Mummies
Tudor Courtiers
WW1 Soldiers and Loved-ones

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  1. So wholesome!

    Isabel fallis

    I was the teacher in this play and I loved it

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  2. WOW

    Daisy :p

    Learning rn, im gonna be a lights person and a non speaking soldier even tho im a girl! Me and the boys is so emotional woww

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  3. Learning this in a play!


    Very helpful to me. Recommended to everyone who is curious to try something different.

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  4. Funny



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  5. It gives me goosebumps

    Eloise Cregg

    Our school did this production and I love watching it it gave me chills to see what happend next my favourite bit was Gloriana

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  6. Shining Stars YTG

    Lauren Oxspring

    Performing with 50+ kids in June. Rehearsals under way and we love the dynamic story, the humour (Anne Boleyn’s ghost is hilarious!) and the brilliant songs. This will be a smash!’

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