The Epic of Toad and Heron

Written by:

Penn Kemp

Cast Size:
10

    Genre:

    Fantasy
    Musical/Opera
    Myth/Legend/Folktale
    TYA

    Themes:

    Animals
    Children

    Length:

    90 min.

    Year Written:

    1977

    Synopsis:

    This fantasy pageant tells the story of the Toad Prince who marries a real princess, the daughter of the Sun and Moon who ultimately transforms into a heron.

    Characters:

    The leads are a Toad Prince and a Princess who is transformed into a Heron. Other characters are Toadlets, as many as needed, played by children.

    Casting is completely open in regards to gender, race, orientation, and disability.

    Resources:

    The Epic of Toad and Heron is available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

    To view other works by this playwright, click here.

    For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO Collection.

    Notes:

    The Epic of Toad and Heron was first presented on Toronto Island by Pendas Productions as a way of saving Island homes from being bulldozed by the city. The flying Toad became the icon on the Toronto Island flag: a symbol of survival. The first production featured mimes Jay Fisher and Bibi Caspari as well as a cast of Island children. Penn Kemp has performed the play with children in many Ontario schools as well as back on Toronto Island. The Epic of Toad and Heron was published for the first production by Black Moss Press.