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The Other School

Full-Length Musical, Comedy

Dominic Marsh, Dougal Irvine

Book by Dominic Marsh / Book, Music and Lyrics By Dougal Irvine

Polly and Kester Parish are bored of first days: this is their fifth new school in five years thanks to their Mum's job. But this school is a bit different though...
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
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The Other School

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Summary

The Other School: -a psychological new musical from the writer of Departure Lounge

Polly and Kester Parish are bored of first days. It's their fifth new school in five years thanks to Mum's job. This school is a bit different though. Every student seems to have suffered a random freaky accident. Some of them enjoy snapping their limbs and slamming their fingers in doors. That Headmistress is definitely not all there, not to mention the creepy Caretaker. Welcome to The Other School - once you’re in the system it'll never let you leave!

Originally commissioned by National Youth Music Theatre, The Other School enjoyed a sell-out run at the St James Theatre in 2013.

History
Dougal Irvine was commissioned by NYMT in September 2012. Dominic Marsh came on board as co-scriptwriter in October 2012. The first draft was completed in December 2012. The show was developed through readings and workshops throughout 2013 and was given a week run at the St James Theatre, London, in August 2013 produced by NYMT. It had a cast size of 25 and a band of 8.
Cast Attributes
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Teens
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras
Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

REAL WORLD

Polly Parish
Kester Parish
Ms Parish (adult)
Bereavement Counsellor (adult)
Barny
Carol - Barny’s Mum (adult)
Barny’s Gran (adult)
Doctor (adult)
Sarah Sidcup
Ellen
Janine
School Students, Mourners

OTHER SCHOOL

Mr Morton (adult)
Caretaker (adult)
Headmistress (adult)
Axel
Daniel
School Secretary (adult)
Nigel
Wilkes
Leonard
Kate the dinner lady (adult)
Samantha
Georgie
Zoe
Tom
Arthur
Tyrone
Jasmine
Eleanor
Becky
Donald
School Students

  • Time Period Contemporary
  • Duration 120 minutes (2 hours)

Music

Song Samples

Boring
Overture
How I Got To School
If It Were There
Emotional Education
Hospital
It's A Fina Life When You're Dead
It's Okay To Be You
Head and Heart
Am I Ready
Mr Norton's Interesting Facts About Death
My Fault
Let's Get Living
Brain Food
Do You Remember
No Body at the Wheel
Scared
Head Office
What Matters
What Matters Reprise
1. ''Overture'' - Band
2. ''Boring'' - Polly, Kester, School Students
3. ''How I Got to School'' - Other School Students, Mr Morton
4. ''If It Were There...'' - Daniel, Other School Students
5. ''Emotional Education'' - The Head
6. ''Bedside'' - Mrs Parish
7. ''It's a Fine Fine Life (When You're Dead)'' - Other School Students
8. ''It's Okay to be You'' - Kester, Polly
9. ''Head and Heart'' - The Caretaker
10. ''Am I Ready?'' - Polly
11. ''Mr Morton's Interesting Facts About Death'' - Mr Morton, Other School Students
12. ''My Fault'' - Mrs Parish
13. ''Let's Get Living'' - Barny, Barny's Gran, Polly, Ensemble
14. ''Brain Food'' - Kate the Dinner Lady
15. ''Do You Remember?'' - Kester, Polly
16. ''No Body at the Wheel'' - Axel, Ms Parish, Other School Students
17. ''Scared'' - Polly, Ms Parish
18. ''Head Office'' - Polly, Other School Characters
19. ''What Matters'' - Kester, Polly, Other School Characters

Full Orchestration 

Reed (Flute, Tenor Saxophone)
Cello
Acoustic Guitar
Electric Guitar
Keyboard 1
Keyboard 2
Bass Guitar
Drums

  • Musical StylePop/Rock
  • Dance RequirementsModerate
  • Vocal DemandsModerate
  • Orchestra SizeSmall/Combo
  • Chorus SizeMedium

Materials

Music Rentals

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30 Libretto-Vocal
1 Piano-Vocal
1 Reed
1 Acoustic Guitar
1 Electric Guitar
1 Bass Guitar
1 Keyboard 1
1 Keyboard 2
1 Drums
1 Cello
30 Libretto-Vocal
1 Piano-Vocal

Authors

Author

Dominic Marsh

Dougal Irvine

Dougal is a multi-award winning composer, lyricist and writer. He trained in playwriting at the Royal Court.

Credits as Bookwriter/Lyricist/Composer: Departure Lounge (multiple productions including LONDON Waterloo East [Whatsonstage award nomination – Best New Musical], OF ...

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