The Golden Goose
Once upon a time there was a boy called Dummling and everyone believed he was stupid just because of his name. He lived in a poor cottage in the woods with his mother and brother. One day he meets an old man in the woods and shares his humble supper with him. The man is in fact the King of the fairies and a direct descendant of Oberon. He and his Queen, Titania, need to get a worthy and humane king on the throne of the blighted land in which they live, a king who will save the forest in which the fairies live from destruction. The Fairy King gives Dummling good luck in the form of a magical golden goose. When he takes it home his mother and brother try to take it from him but once they touch the goose they find they cannot let go and what’s more they find that they cannot stop running. Run they must and run they do all the way to the palace where, as it chances, there resides the very mirror of their own family, but posh.
Charles Way, playwright
4 female, 4 male (13 characters doubled)
Audience Recommendation: All Ages
“A colourfully embroided mixture of Folklore and fantasy.” -The Independent
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