The Ragged Child


The Ragged Child


Book by  Jeremy James Taylor and Frank Whately
Music by  David Nield
Lyrics by  Jeremy James Taylor and Frank Whately


Two Acts, Book Musical, Rated G
National Youth Music Theatre

The plight of the homeless and the impoverished is examined through the eyes of abandoned and abused children in mid-19th century London. A cobbler and a philanthropic Earl struggle against the ignorance of the poor, the indifference of the rich and the unforgiving wheels of blind justice to educate and improve the fortunes of 13-year old Joe Cooper and the other "Ragged Children" of London.

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Although a story about a disfigured girl, in the original production you never saw the scar that has haunted Violet her entire life... it was left to the audience’s imagination.

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