Animal Rumble Grumble - an African tale


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Whole Primary Musical Play with an African Animal Theme

Mysterious and Colourful Musical Production for ages 5 to 9

Animal Rumble Grumble is a 35+ minute musical play for ages 5 to 9, making it ideal for whole-school performance by infant, primary and first schools. This colourful, atmospheric show takes inspiration from a traditional Kenyan folktale. The animals of the plain are fearful of a strange distant rumbling.  “Something terrible is coming this way !  It will destroy us and take over our plains.”  The animals quickly seek the advice of Ghubari, a wise old man who lives at the top of the umbrella thorn tree. But his wise and cryptic words confuse them, so the animals find enough courage to seek out and confront the terrible danger that is coming closer.

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'Animal Rumble Grumble' will engage your young performers with its colourful and mysterious storyline. It provides great opportunities for larger groups of children to be involved either through singing, or through the speaking parts. The script is very flexible, enabling you to accommodate your own specific pupil numbers.

Great review and performance photos here by the Crescent School, Rugby.

Simple Script with 8 Catchy Songs with Full Backing Tracks

Animal Rumble Grumble  flows around  8 catchy songs,  2 dances  and some simple dialogue, for your more confident speakers, although the majority of the content comes from the songs. It can involve small or large groups of children as the animal characters - a cast-size of your choice !  Songs and script are easy-to-learn (see script sample below). There's lots to do for lots of children !  CD1 contains all the musical material with fully sung performances to facilitate children’s learning of each of the Animal Rumble Grumble songs. CD2 presents only the musical backing with no singing support. Also, see details of the optional sheet music booklet below.   

Music For Schools Full Script, Lyrics and Staging Notes in an Online e-Booklet

Purchasers are given free access to an accompanying 33 page e-booklet of full script, lyrics and staging notes, which may be copied, downloaded, projected by the purchaser. Click below to view sample pages:

Animal Rumble Grumble - whole school musical play

Optional SHEET MUSIC booklet...

Sheet Music Sample from Animal Rumble Grumble

For teachers who like to refer to the sheet music for song learning, add the optional SHEET MUSIC booklet to your order ( + £4.99 ). Full backing tracks are provided, however, on the double CD resource. Click left to view sample pages.


How to Purchase:

UK Schools - please use our Primary Schools Order Form - to complete your school details and request to be invoiced.

Private purchasers - please use the 'Add to Cart' link above, which takes you via our secure agent (PayPal) for payment by card. You don't need a PayPal account ! Instead, follow their link to the card payment section.

Royalty Free Musicals For Schools  -  Free Performance Licence*

For purchasing UK Schools* we give free permission for unlimited public performances within your institution and local community only.


Music For Schools Customer Reviews

Sir Harry Johnston International School, Malawi
Five Star Customer Review

We performed Animal Rumble Grumble at our school - it was a huge success. The writing was perfect for children with English as an additional language and all the children were in love with the songs! Just wanted to say thank you for your customer service when I phoned about delivery and licensing in December and say thanks for the excellent play!

(Teacher @ Sir Harry Johnston Int. School, Malawi)