The Musicians of Bremen is a short play (nine pages plus directing tips, around 15 minutes) suitable for performance by children and young people – ideal for Schools and Drama Clubs. Based on a famous story by the Brothers Grimm, it tells about four farmyard animals who have been kicked out of their homes because they are too old to work. They meet up in the forest, decide to form a musical band and travel to the town of Bremen.

Meanwhile, a group of dodgy criminals are planning a robbery in a house in the forest. The animals try to perform to them, but scare them off, keeping the house for themselves. There is plenty of action plus songs and lots of jokes. Also included is a short Glossary, explaining common terms used in performance.

Recommended cast size: 9

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I did most of this lesson yesterday and the memories they came up with were heartwarming! (Y3)

Carolyn Berry, November 2022 River House School
Carolyn Berry, November 2022
Dear David,
I used the whole block of lessons that you wrote on Cinderella to teach about diversity and restorative justice as part of a project we put together with one of my classes for the Welsh Heritage Award. Just a few weeks ago we found out that we were a chosen winner and received a cash prize for the school. The children loved the work we did through that and yes, your inspiring work helped us so thank you.

I have absolutely loved using this lesson. It’s been so much fun to try with a wide range of classes and ages. I have used it with year 1 all the way to year 6 (slightly adapted for the older ones) but they loved it. The response from the children has been fabulous and I loved watching what they have come up with. I definitely recommend trying it. Such a great lesson to engage a whole class and they really enjoyed learning sign language too.

Rebecca Oliver January 2021
Rebecca Oliver

Used some of this last year with Year 6 who were mostly new to drama. They loved it, helped them really empathise and develop their understanding of children their age at this time.

Amanda Dibble 
Amanda Dibble

Thank you so much, David, this resource is fabulous!

Dalene du Pisanie 
 Dalene du Pisanie