Section 1. The Garden: The Gardeners are working in a garden. They describe it as
full of beautiful flowers, trees and birds. They tell us that it belongs to the Giant who
is currently away in Cornwall visiting his friend the Cornish Ogre.
Section 2. How Happy We Are: The Children of the village creep into the garden and
Section 3. The Giant's Return: Meanwhile, the Giant is preparing to leave Cornwall
and bids farewell to his friend. He returns to find his garden full of children. He
throws them out.
Section 4. Build a Wall: The Giant explains how he intends to build a high wall around
his garden to keep everybody out. The Gardeners tell us how the Romans during the
reign of the Emperor Hadrian and the Ancient Chinese built walls to keep the peace.
The Giant builds the wall with the help of the Gardeners and puts up a threatening
"TRESPASSERS WILL BE EATEN!"
Section 5. Outside the Garden: Outside the garden, the Children walk about miserably
and talk of happier times when they used to play in the Giant's beautiful garden.
Section 6. Inside the Garden: The Gardeners explain that although spring has arrived,
it is always winter in the Giant's garden—Nature's way of punishing him for his
Section 7. Winter: The Giant looks out at the wintry scene. Snow, Frost, North Wind
and Hail come to visit his garden.
Section 8. The Giant Laments: Inside his castle, the Giant cannot understand why
spring has not yet come. He complains about the weather, how cold and miserable
he is and how his water pipes have frozen. Outside in the garden the Snow, Frost,
Wind and Hail make a terrible nuisance of themselves.
Section 9. Awakenings: One morning the Giant hears music coming from the garden.
Looking out, he sees that the birds have returned and the garden is bursting with
spring. The Children creep in through a hole in the wall and, convinced that the Giant
must be dead, start playing once again. The Giant watches with delight.
Section 10. The Corner of the Garden: The Giant notices one small child in the corner
of the garden where strangely it is still winter. The little boy, who seems a lot weaker
than the other children, is unable to join in with their games and cannot climb the
tree. The Giant's heart melts and at long last he realizes how selfish he has been.
Determined to help the frail child he walks into the garden. The Children flee in
terror except for the one child who is crying and does not see the Giant coming. The
Giant walks up to the child and lifts him gently into the tree. The other children who
have been watching realize that the Giant must have changed and return to the
garden to befriend him. To prove that he is now a friendly and unselfish person, the
Giant knocks down the wall and makes the garden free for all.
Section 11. Harmony: The Giant asks the Children who the little child was and where
he had come from—he has since disappeared. The Children don't know him and
they have never seen him before.
Section 12. The Passage of Time: Years pass and generations of children come and
play with the Giant. He is now an old man, but cannot forget the little child that broke
his heart all those years before
Section 13. The End?: One morning, winter returns to the garden. The Giant does not
mind—he knows that spring will return again in time. In one corner, however, he
notices that it is still spring and sees the little child that he had helped long ago.
Excitedly, he rushes over to the child and discovers that there are strange wounds
on the Child's hands and feet. The Child tells the Giant that they are the
of Love." He says that because the Giant had once let him play in the garden he must
now come and play in his garden,
"which is paradise." The Child leads the Giant
Section 14. Anthem: The children return to discover that the Giant has gone. The garden
will be theirs for all time.