When my pupils at Clifton High School received a standing ovation on the last night of the show and I looked at the expressions of exhilaration, pleasure and triumph on their faces, I knew that the preceding nine months of hard work had all been worth it. Turning my books in to a musical was a long-standing dream of mine and thanks to the genius of Christopher Northam (Musical Director) and the skill and expertise of Kelly Packer (Choreographer) my dream was fulfilled. We had four performances and played to virtually packed houses. Thanks to the generosity of many Minimus supporters, we were able to afford to have the costumes professionally made and we had a proper colour souvenir programme. A DVD of the show was again professionally filmed and this is available if you were not able to get to the show. You will need to buy this through ‘Minimus et Cetera’; an order form is on this website.

What I enjoyed most was seeing the children gaining confidence throughout the summer term as we rehearsed intensively. The show is based on all the members of the family at Vindolanda (including the animals) with a chorus of Batavian soldiers. In the first half of the show we are introduced to the characters and in the second half they go off and do things and again this is based on the stories in the book, so the birthday party and the governor of Britain coming to dinner etc. One school which visited from Cheltenham was particularly pleased to hear of the Vindolanda tablet which mentioned socks and underpants as they had just done that story in school that morning!

I am hoping that it may be possible to take the show to London. Boris Johnson has given his support of this idea and I am currently trying to find a space when it may be performed next spring or summer. Full details will be in the next newsletter, but I will also put any news of future performances on the website.

The most exciting spin-off from the show is that we have been invited to perform it at the International School in Geneva. Most of the original cast will be travelling with me and a team of adult helpers to Geneva on November 24 th. We will perform the show on the three different campuses at the International School and we shall return – no doubt rather tired! – on November 26 th. This is a wonderful opportunity and the children are enormously excited. I am grateful to Dr Nick Tate, the Director of the International School, for his invitation.

In the summer of 2012 Minimus- The Musical was revived for a successful run in Monmouth and London. Read more about it here.

Photos from the 2012 performances here.