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As a result of this guestbook, since 2005, I have been lucky enough to receive messages from all over the world. 

Sometimes the sender asks for information. Sometimes advice is sought. Sometimes I get invited to a production. Sometimes I receive a report of a production. 

This has brightened up my life no end! 

Contact with practitioners at the sharp end, especially when they write positively, makes it all seem worthwhile and real! 

When what is often a fairly hard grind at the desk turns into something that gives people pleasure performing and watching, the process doesn’t seem quite as lonely.

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99) Asia Schreiter 
Annaberg-Buchholz, Germany
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 08:41 Write a comment

Dear David Wood,
it is such a pleasure and an honour to have a possibility to contact You. Our theatre, Eduard-von-Winterstein-Theater in Annaberg-Buchholz in Germany, has just started to rehears "The Gingerbread Man". It has been the second time already, that I can be on board by that journey. This time as a dramaturg for the production, which is an exciting experience. I'm now about to prepare the program booklet. I wonder, if it would be possible for you to answer five questions from children. I would be happy to print this interview in the little booklet. I'm sure, that you have a very busy schedule, so if it's not fitting in, I surely will understand it. I kind of know, what it means. But it would be great, if it would be possible.
Thank you for your writing and for fighting for theatre for children. To see their thrilled faces in theatre is one of the few things in the world that make me happy.
Best regards and lots of greetings from the sunny Oremountains,
Asia Schreiter

David Wood Tuesday, 17 October 2017 12:49
Many thanks, Asia, for your lovely message. Of course I will answer questions for the programme for your production of THE GINGERBREAD MAN. I will send you an e-mail very soon!

All good wishes,

98) Fiona Devine 
Ashbourne, Derbyshire
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Thursday, 12 October 2017 12:40 Write a comment

Dear David,
It this modern world, it seems we are quick to complain but never to praise. I just wanted to say that my 3 year old son and I were very lucky enough to watch your play 'The Tiger that came to Tea' at the beautiful Buxton Opera House. The performance was truly magical from start to finish. My son has not stopped talking about it. We purchased the CD and it has been on in my car constantly. My son and I can't stop singing the songs! Thank you so much for creating this. You are one very talented man. All the best for your future productions.
Kind Regards,

David Wood Tuesday, 17 October 2017 12:52
Dear Fiona,

On behalf of everybody involved in the production of THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, thank you so much for your lovely message. It means a lot. As you say, we don't often get messages of thanks. Having said that, the wonderful thing about children's theatre is that the excited reaction of the audience tells you immediately if the show is working!

Do hope you see more enjoyable theatrical productions, and thanks again for taking the trouble to write.

All good wishes,

97) Cazz 
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Thursday, 7 September 2017 11:18 Write a comment

Hi I was wondering if you will do another "the tiger who came to tea" show in Adelaide? My daughters and I are desperate to go :)

David Wood Thursday, 7 September 2017 14:12
Dear Cazz, thanks so much for your message. I'm delighted that you and your daughters enjoyed my stage adaptation of THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA, the classic picture book by Judith Kerr.

This year the play has been touring the UK, and has also visited Hong Kong, Singapore and China. But not Australia, sadly!

However, next year, 2018 sees the 50th anniversary of the book, which means that a celebratory tour is being planned. As I am not the producer, I don't have detailed information yet. But I know that it was hoped to return to Australia, so fingers crossed!

Thank you for your interest. It has been a sheer delight working on this show, which has been touring since 2008. The book was the favourite of both my daughters, and, it seems, the favourite of many, many other children and their parents!

All good wishes,

96) Clare Borchers 
Fisher ACT Australia
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Saturday, 5 August 2017 02:41 Write a comment

Hello David

Our 11 year old daughter has recently begun the flute. She has just cleaned up her bookshelf and coming across some much loved books , shehas expressed a desire to play the 'Meg&Mog' theme music on her flute. Short of asking her flute teacher to transcribe the music, is it possible to get a copy of the theme music for Thea to learn. If not a copy where can we purchase the theme music in Australia. Many thanks for a wonderful website, and to Helen & Jan for their creation. I will give it to Thea to look at. Warm wishes Clare PS Thea will be turning 12 late August, so if possible I would like to get the music for her birthday

David Wood Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:55
Thank you, Clare, for your message.

Delighted that Thea enjoys her flute and that the Meg and Mog books have been such a success in your family!

Are you talking about the theme music to the tv series? If so, I’m afraid I cannot help you. I had nothing to do with the tv series. I adapted the stories for the stage and wrote the songs for MEG AND MOG SHOW, the theatre production. You can hear the songs on my website by clicking on SIGHTS AND SOUNDS, then on MEG AND MOG SHOW.

There is a piano/vocal score available from Samuel French Ltd, who have agents in Australia. I’m sure you can Google them!

However, if it’s the tv theme tune you want, I don’t know where to advise you to look.

All good wishes, David.
95) christine hawkins 
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Friday, 4 August 2017 19:44 Write a comment

Hi, in the mid 90's the witches play came to Bournemouth and my Mum and I were lucky enough to be part of the cast of local witches. I wonder if any photos still exist as I am trying to put together a memory book for my Mum for her 85 birthday. thanks

David Wood Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:58
Thank you, Christine, for your message.

Delighted to hear that you and your mother have happy memories of bald heads and chanting ’Down With Children’!!!! THE WITCHES was a very exciting adaptation to work on, and the touring production was always interesting, because every week we had a new coven of witches!! You may remember Emma Clayton, who directed you into the show – she is still working with me, on THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA.

Many congratulations to your mother on her special birthday!

I will try to find a photo and can it and send it to you soon.

All good wishes,

94) Kioomars "Q-Mars" Ghanbari Azar 
Iran - Tehran
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Friday, 4 August 2017 15:15 Write a comment

Dear Mr. Wood,
I'm a playwright for children and young adults and I have lots of awards in Iranian festivals.
Could you please do me a favor and read some of my plays, if I send them to you?
I believe in my plays and I'm looking for some help to make them be seen all around the world and I don't know how...
Many thanks in advance.
All the Best,
Q-Mars Ghanbari Azar
Iran - Tehran

David Wood Thursday, 17 August 2017 11:03
Thank you for your message to my website!

I would be happy to read your plays. Very pleased you have won awards, and quite understand you would like the plays to be seen around the world!

I look forward to reading them.

All good wishes,

David Wood.
93) Amy 
Hampshire, UK
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Wednesday, 2 August 2017 00:37 Write a comment

I recently took my toddler and baby girl to see The Tiger who came to Tea. I loved it but sensed the kids were a little overwhelmed/in awe of the production so I decided that, after reading the book and seeing how true to it your adaptation was, that we would go a second time to really appreciate it. I'm so glad we did. The babies loved it. They were screaming and laughing, singing and dancing - it's a lovely memory for me to have, I watched them watching the show and it was very special. I just wanted to thank you for creating such an amazing production - the actors were brilliant and the show was a joy! I'm thinking of going a third time and taking grandad too! Thank you x

David Wood Thursday, 17 August 2017 09:50
Many thanks, Amy, for your kind message.

Delighted the children enjoyed TIGER even more the second time. It reminds me of when I was taken to the theatre for the first time many moons ago! PETER PAN was the play. I ended up going to see it every Christmas for several years. Children like repetition. As you imply, once they know and like something they feel confident with it and enter the spirit even more!

All good wishes,

92) Mike Vogler 
Ulverston, Cumbria, England
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Wednesday, 10 May 2017 15:33 Write a comment

Good afternoon David

I am keen to stage 'Old Mother Hubbard' with a company of KS3 students at my school as a show to our feeder primaries this christmas. If I contact Samuel French, I take it that they hold the rights and could supply me with the musical scores and advise me on the peformance rights? I need to abridge the play to 1 hour. What sugesstions would you make in light of this?

Mike Vogler

David Wood Thursday, 11 May 2017 14:13
Dear Mike,

Thanks for your message.

Yes, please contact Samuel French re the rights. They will also have the scripts and vocal scores. I will write you a separate about your need to abridge the play ...

All good wishes,

91) Judith 
North Devon
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Friday, 17 March 2017 19:45 Write a comment

Dear David

MY three children have had so very much fun with your wonderfully creative books as children . My daughter is now expecting and would love to share her pleasure of I'm Silly Spider in particular with her new born.
However, I am very sad indeed to find the only place I seem to be able to find it is on Amazon at the incredible price of ÂŁ66 + which is way beyond my means. I wonder why such a beautiful, interactive book cannot be republished to enable more humble morsels to enjoy your amazing creativity and keep the genious of your books alive down the generations.

Perhaps you may be kind enough to let me know where I can find a reasobaly priced copy.

Meanwhile, thank you so much for all the pleasure and excitement you have given to me and my children through your wonderful books.
Best wishes for your future creativity

David Wood Monday, 20 March 2017 13:13
Dear Judith,

Thank you for your message. I'm delighted to hear that the books I created with Richard Fowler are so appreciated by your family.

I'm happy to tell you that SILLY SPIDER is available in a paperback edition. You should be able to find it on Amazon. I will write a separate e-mail to you with more details.

All good wishes,

90) Bernadette 
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Sunday, 12 February 2017 08:18 Write a comment

Hi David. I'm wanting to find out how we secure performance rights for an amateur school production of 'The Twits', Sydney, Australia. Thanks
89) Larni Christie 
Muswellbrook Australia
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Friday, 6 January 2017 06:37 Write a comment

Happy New Year David Wood. Primary Drama teacher in Australia is my background. With regards to The See-Saw Tree and Music.... is there sheet music available to hire or recordings of music , or is that where we put in out own music ???? Is there additional musical scores or packages to hire as well as the script from Samuel French.
Sorry about the question if it is obvious and I have missed something on first reading.
larni Christie

David Wood Monday, 9 January 2017 15:44
Thanks, Larni, for your message and Happy New Year!

There is a Vocal Score available for THE SEE-SAW TREE. It is on the Samuel French website.

Also, if you look on my website, [] in the SIGHTS & SOUNDS section, then click on THE SEE-SAW TREE, you will see a video of the title song being sung on a tv programme.

There is also a version recorded by children and Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention)- I will send it to you by e-mail.

If you have any problem getting hold of the musical score from Samuel French's agents, please let me know!

All good wishes,

88) Jasmine Haskell 
Kent, UK
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Tuesday, 3 January 2017 21:14 Write a comment

Dear David,
It was great to meet you after that lovely talk session you did following our production of 'Goodnight Mister Tom' at the Leys School in Cambridge. Thought I'd leave a quick message as I'd love to keep in touch.
I hope you're enjoying the start of 2017 and I'd love to hear about any project you have up and coming?
Here's a link to my portfolio and blog.

Hope to hear from you soon!
My kindest regards,

David Wood Monday, 9 January 2017 10:15
Thanks, Jasmine. It was good to meet you and see the production of GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM. Your puppet Sammy, the collie, was beautifully made. I will indeed keep your details on record. There is nothing new on the horizon, I'm afraid.

I know there are quite a few amateur productions of GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM in preparation. You can find details on the Samuel French website. It might be worth you approaching them about your Sammy!

All good wishes,

87) Michelle Phiilips 
North Devon
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Sunday, 1 January 2017 17:04 Write a comment

Gingerbread man
Good afternoon, this is a long shot I know by myself and my younger sister (I am 35 and she is 33) had on video a copy of your gingerbread man panto that was held at The Manoel theatre, (until recently) we watched this video annually as a family tradition at Christmas time, (this is the only reason we still have a video player!) we have had a flood and in the flood the video got ruined. We have searched hi and low over the Internet for a copy but can only find short clips on you tube, do you by any chance have a copy as we would like to continue the tradition with our own children. Look forward to hearing from you soon, kind regards

David Wood Thursday, 5 January 2017 12:38
Thanks, Michelle, for your message.

Sorry to hear about this. In fact the production of THE GINGERBREAD MAN you mention is not one of my own. I think you mean the one that was presented in Malta.

Anyway, I will send you a separate e-mail with a few thoughts!

All good wishes,

86) Nancy Schroder 
New Zealand
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 04:59 Write a comment

Hi David - I am the Artistic Director for KISS Theatre Co. Kids In Show Seats programme for Southern Stars Charitable Trust, who provide live shows for children who are special needs and or living in low income families. I am interested in your script of the Gingerbread Man, Rupunzal & the Frog Prince, Georges Marvels Medicine. Is it possible to read a perusal copy? Kind regards

David Wood Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:12
Thanks, Nancy. Good to hear from you!

I will send you an e-mail in answer to your questions.

Best wishes,

85) Emily Gray 
Trestle Arts Base, St Albans
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Friday, 9 December 2016 13:13 Write a comment

Dear David,
I do hope all is well with you and I love the gingerbread man making your glasses sparkle! I would really welcome your wise advice on a matter of working with Roald Dahl characters (yes, the really mischievous ones brought to life through masks!). When you have a moment, please could you get in touch?
With love, Emily x
84) Daniel Huertas 
New York City
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Thursday, 8 December 2016 22:39 Write a comment

Good evening,

My name is Daniel Huertas. I am currently attending BMCC. This semester I am working on a thesis project of my choosing involving theatre. I am interested in researching the importance of educating children through theatre. One requirement is to contact a professional involved in theatre and I would like to ask a few questions involved with my thesis.

Would you be able to respond to a few? I would greatly appreciate it. Since you were involved in children’s plays I thought you’d make a great addition to my thesis. Please let me know.

Thank you,
Daniel Huertas

David Wood Tuesday, 20 December 2016 11:48
Thanks for your message, Daniel. I will respond by e-mail!

Best wishes,

83) Suzie 
Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire
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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 14:36 Write a comment

HI David

I run the Youth Theatre here at The Roses Theatre, Tewkesbury and am interested creating a Summer production using a number of your Roald Dahl playlets. What kind of publishing rights would I need to obtain in order to do this. I'm currently looking at The Witches (2 playlets), The Twits (2 playlets)and Matilda (2 playlets). Also,something you might be able to help with, we would like to use some of the text from Roald Dahl BOY. Do you know what the legalities around this.

I look forward to hearing from you.


David Wood Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:32
Thanks, Suzie.

Delighted to hear that you are interested in creating a production using some of the playlets from my Dahl: Plays for Children (Puffin). If you look at the performing rights section at the front of each book, you should see that you need to contact Samuel French Ltd. Look at their website for more details of how you contact them. You mention MATILDA. I'm afraid I haven't done a Plays for Children book, so you couldn't do anything by me. I don't think there are any playlets written yet based on MATILDA. I have done THE BFG, THE WITCHES, THE TWITS and DANNY THE CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.

I'm not sure what the situation will be regarding BOY. I suggest you write to Luke Holbrook at Casarotto Ramsay Ltd. who look after performance rights for Roald Dahl. His e-mail address is

All good wishes,

82) ACTion Community Theatre Company 
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Tuesday, 25 October 2016 18:56 Write a comment

Hello David,

ACTion Community Theatre is absolutely delighted to have obtained amateur rights to perform your stage adaptation of Michelle Magorian's book 'Goodnight Mr Tom' Spring 2017 at The Terry O'Toole Theatre in Lincolnshire.
A lovely script, perfect for a community theatre company!

David Wood Tuesday, 29 November 2016 10:03
Delighted to hear that ACTion Community Theatre will be performing my adaptation of Michelle Magorian's GOODNIGHT MISTER TOM in the Spring of next year. My very best wishes to everybody involved. I hope you enjoy performing the play as much as I enjoyed writing it! Best wishes, David
81) Teresa Diaz 
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Friday, 9 September 2016 19:21 Write a comment

Dear Mr Wood,
I just received "Mole's Bedtime Story" today (I ordered it a few days ago). There is a note signed by you as well! Thank you so much for that. I wanted to let you know that this is the first book my daughter Aisha ever read and she LOVED it. This might mean a lot more if I tell you that she suffers from autism (now she is 14 and she is high functioning). We are Spanish and she first read it in Spanish when she was 5 at her primary school in Spain. It belonged to her teacher so, when we had to give it back, I bought her the English version and she loved it too. We moved to Scotland almost 5 years ago and we left the book in Spain ... I am now doing my PGDE Primary Education and wanted to have this book that meant so much for us again. I received it today and we read it together again and it was like time travelling:) I must say that Aisha was thrilled at seeing your signed note. Thank you so much from both of us!

David Wood Monday, 19 September 2016 11:25
Thanks Teresa, for your lovely message! Delighted to hear that Aisha - and you - still remember MOLE'S BEDTIME STORY, both in Spanish and in English! It has certainly proved to be the most popular pop-in-the-slot books that Richard Fowler and I created together.

All good wishes to you and to Aisha, and good luck with your PGDE Primary Education!

Thanks again,

80) Shaun 
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Thursday, 1 September 2016 20:28 Write a comment

Dear Mr. Wood,

I am co-directing an amateur production of your wonderful play; James and the Giant Peach. Firstly, I want to say how fun it is working with your script. It is my first experience with children's theatre (other than panto) and I'm thoroughly enjoying. We are still in the early stages but, your script is pure gold for a director!

I wanted to ask your opinion on a little creative issue that we've been having. In your script, you suggest a total of 6 a actors, 5 of which double as insects etc. Due to logistics, we have cast a total of 7 adult actors, plus several children to play James and the chorus.

Similarly to your original, we have the 7 adult actors playing multiple roles, which is a brilliant theatrical device. But we feel that stylistically, that the script works best if all of the adults have an "insect" counterpart. This is a problem as in the script there is only 5 insects and we have 7 adults.

However, in the original book, there are two extra insects - Silkworm and Glowworm. So we have been toying with the idea of writing them in. What are your thoughts on this? We have been scratching our heads, trying to decide if this would work, and we thought who better to ask than you!

We know that you omitted those characters for a reason. And it is very clear, that they don't do an awful lot in the book. But do you think they can be written into the play without looking too forced? Do you think 7 insects will just be over cluttered?

Of course we have many ideas whizzing around of our own, on how this could work. But we thought we should ask your opinion, seeing are so open to discussion and know the play better that anyone else! So we thought, we'd just ask what you think, and maybe if you did have any suggestions?

Thank you so much in advance,


David Wood Monday, 5 September 2016 15:37
Thanks, Shaun, for your message. Delighted that you are enjoying working with my adaptation of JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH.

I would rather you didn't try to 'write in' the two extra insects. As you say, they were omitted for a purpose. It would be too complicated to involve them in the action, without considerably extending the scenes.

However, what I suggest is that you have two actors play the two Aunts, without them having to double with an insect role. You will find this helps, because the quick changes necessary if all four roles are played by the two actors can be a real problem! Not only that, to have two 'dedicated' Aunts could be an advantage, costume-wise and character-wise, depending on who you choose to play them!

Hope this works for you and that everybody enjoys the production.

All good wishes,

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