An Introduction To Thursday's Child
Thursday's Child Published Materials
* Full Vocal Score
* Song Demo CD (With Vocals)
* Full Show Backing CD (No Vocals)
* Poster (Artwork blanks for inserting your own details)
* Songbook (Easy choral version of 12 of the songs)
* Teachers Book
* Schools Video (Cut for classroom use)
* Performance Pack (Score, Script, Backing CD & Poster Blank)
* Teachers Pack (School Video, Teacher's Book and Poster)
What People Say About
"Inspirational" Vanessa Redgrave at the London Premiere
"The children loved it. The first time we told them about the parts they just said - ‘Wow’. They knew this was a challenge because the parts have a lot of depth. It was an opportunity for them to do something very different and I think it has opened up their minds."
Sinead O’Brien, Director High Spirits & Youghal Youtheatre – Ireland
"The audiences were most impressed both with the children’s performances and with the show itself."
Eileen Littlewood - Head Teacher Sighthill Primary School, Edinburgh - UK
"Hard hitting, thought provoking and emotional."
Helen Robinson, Drama Teacher, St Gregory's Catholic High School, Warrington - UK
"The cast and audience enjoyed the show and felt it was an incredibly well written show with lovely music."
Becky Savage, Isle of Wight - UK
A brave choice and one which gave the pupils ample opportunity to show off their skills, with all proceeds going to UNICEF. Well done, everyone involved!
NODA Review – Dorothy Bruce School of Dance - UK
Thursday's Child On Blue Peter 1999
Thursday's Child was launched with a major performance at the Commonwealth Exhibition Centre, London, in February 1999. Gary Wilmot reprised the featured role he plays in the video, along with a cast of 31 children between the ages of 8 and 18.
The production played to a packed house including Brit Award winner Des'ree (who introduced the event), actress Joely Richardson, and UNICEF Special Representative for the Performing Arts, Vanessa Redgrave CBE, who spoke after the show saying it was 'Inspirational'.
Thursday's Child is a 115 minute musical theatre production for performance by young people based on the contents of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It follows a group of children who undertake a journey in search of home and happiness, through a land at war with itself. Their journey leads them to encounter situations, which illustrate the worse aspects of life for a child in a vibrant, dramatic, and sometimes humorous way.
The idea behind Thursday's Child is to get people, especially young people, thinking and talking about vital children's issues and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, by watching, and participating in, performances of the musical. Originally commissioned in September 1996 by the UK Committee for UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, Thursday's Child was published to mark the tenth anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1999.
An excerpt from Thursday's Child was featured on BLUE PETER in April 1999, provoking a large response and initiating a number of performances at home and abroad, including Spain, Malta, Hungary, and Tanzania. More recently a presentation of extracts from Thursday's Child was given at Lancaster House, Westminster, as the culmination of the UK Government Reception for the Tenth Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Right's of the Child, hosted by the Secretary of State for Health.
A Children's Rights Musical For UNICEF