Grizedale Arts

Child's Play


Commissioned specifically for the Festival of Britain Celebrations, 'Child's Play' is a musical play written by Ray Davies, produced by Grizedale Arts and performed by six pupils from the John Ruskin School in Coniston. The play, together with the music, provides a commentary on the aspirations and disappointments through the decades of modern Britain since the 1951 Festival of Britain.

Directed by former pupil Russell Peet, score by Ray Davies and performed by Sam De La Haye and Arthur Mazzer. Props by Kate Wieteska.

The play was first performed at the South Bank Centre on 4th September 2011. It will also be performed at Coniston Institute as part of our work to revitalise the village hall.

The six pupils from John Ruskin school are Bobby Gard Storry, David Bishop Miller, Vincent Teetsov, Hannah Oliver, Holly Clarke, Rose Yates.

Songs from the play include Property, Well Respected Man, Where Have all the Good Times Gone, Young Conservatives, Better Things, You Really Got Me, All Day and All of The Night, Add It Up, Do It Again, Dead End Street, Starstruck and Waterloo Sunset.