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Brilliant the DinosaurBRILLIANT THE DINOSAUR

Music, lyrics and book by Richard Stilgoe


In the near future the Banks family are living in a town on the South Coast of England. When a particularly bad storm opens a cave in the cliff, it reveals the town's oldest inhabitant - a female diplodocus. The Banks children discover her and help her hide, but concealing thirty metres of reptile is not an easy job, and eventually the diplodocus and the grown-ups meet face to face, with ghastly results. With a tuneful score, this funny, moving work provides many opportunities for a large cast and inventive staging. Duration 55 minutes approx.

Musical Numbers

    1. Absolutely Nothing Here To Do
    2. Deaf To Every Warning
    3. It's Not Supposed To Move
    4. Brilliant the Dinosaur
    5. We Done a Project On It
    6. The Lesson
    7. You Must Learn By Heart
    8. How Far Ahead?
    9. Dad's Lullaby
    10. With a Brain the Size of a Pea
    11. There She Is


1 female, 2 male, 2 boys, 1 girl, 2 choirs of approx. 30 and 100 each



flute, 2 recorders, oboe db. cor anglais, electric guitar, 2 keyboards, 3 percussion, 4 thundersheets, violin, cello, bass.

Alternative instrumentation: any 2 high melody instruments (i.e. flute/recorder/oboe/violin), 2 keyboards, percussion

Recording: CD and Cassette available on sale from Josef Weinberger