Whistle  Down The Wind (Labey/Taylor)
Whistle Down The Wind (Labey/Taylor)
Based on the novel by Mary Hayley Bell and the Screenplay by Willis Hall and Keith Waterhouseand the film by Richard Attenborough and Bryan Forbes | Adapted by Russell Labey and Richard Taylor | with music and lyrics by Richard Taylor
This adaptation of Mary Hayley Bell's celebrated novel and its film incarnation (which starred the author's daughter, Hayley Mills, and Alan Bates) was an absolute triumph in its English stage premiere and subsequent presentation at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival. We are extremely proud to announce its availability for production in the U.S. and Canada. When three rural children discover a wounded fugitive hiding in their barn, they believe him to be Jesus Christ. In a vow of secrecy, the village children harbor the stranger. When he is ultimately betrayed, the adults rush to 'save' their children with sorrowful consequences. A parable about faith, conviction and the fragile optimism of youth, WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND is a musical that soars with human spirit.
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"This musical will touch even the coldest heart. The must-see show of the season." — London Evening Standard
"A touching evocation of childhood innocence. The score has remarkable freshness." — The London Times
"Magnificent!" — The Yorkshire Post
"A work of immense grace and power." — The Scotsman

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  • WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND (L/T) - Orchestra Package (9 Books/8 Players)
    • 1 – FLUTE (Doubles Alto Flute)
    • 1 – HORN
    • 1 – PERCUSSION (see "Materials Notes", under "Production Information")
    • 1 – KEYBOARDS (Electronic Piano/Synthesizer)
    • 1 – VIOLIN I
    • 1 – VIOLIN II
    • 1 – VIOLA
    • 1 – CELLO
  • Perusal Package (1Lib., 1 PV)
    • 1 – Libretto
    • 1 – Piano Vocal Scores
  • Rehearsal Set (40 Books)
    • 20 – Libretto
    • 1 – Logo CD
    • 20 – Piano Vocal Scores


  • Whistle Down The Wind (Labey/Taylor) -Pre-Prod Pkg
    • 1 – Libretto

Cast Requirements for Whistle  Down The Wind (Labey/Taylor)

2 Women
2 Men
3 Girls
2 Boys

2 Women
3 Men
4 Girls
4 Boys

Singing ensemble consisting of Village Children, Mothers, Fathers, Policemen

A children's choir could be effectively incorporated into the production.


Cathy Bostock - eldest sister of Nan and Charles
Nan Bostock - sister of Cathy and Charles
Charles Bostock - younger brother of Cathy and Nan
David Edwards
Jackie Greenwood
Raymond - the village bully, son of the Policeman

The Man
Dad - Mr. Bostock, father of Cathy, Nan and Charles
Auntie - Dad's sister
Policeman - village Policeman, father of Raymond
Miss Lodge - Sunday School Teacher
Salvation Army Woman
Mrs. Pembridge - village mother
Eddie - farm laborer on the Bostock farm

Village Children, Mothers, Fathers, Policemen

Set Requirements for Whistle  Down The Wind (Labey/Taylor)

WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND takes place in the late 1950's in a small village in Lancashire.

By the Canal
The Village
Outside the Barn
Inside the Barn
The House
The Church
Sunday School
A Village Street
The Playground
Sunday School
Back of the Barn

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