Bumblescratch is told from the perspective of a demented, lascivious plague rat named Melbourne Bumblescratch, who demonstrates his unique and twisted love affair with the ancient city through telling his marvelously gruesome tales.
Bumblescratch opens with “Melbourne” befriending a guileless young rodent named “Perry”, and in so doing, revisiting his own lost innocence. Through this friendship, Melbourne is inspired to become a better version of himself, foregoing some of his more negative personality traits.
But to accomplish this, Melbourne must first elicit the help of a less-than-saintly guardian angel, the ghost of a rat pirate named “Hookbeard”. Together, they escape the lengthy claws of the vicious King Rat, “Socrates”, and Melbourne eventually even does right by his long suffering fiancé, “Bethesda”.
Melbourne must utilise every trick he knows (including some impressive sleight-of-hand) to get himself out of the desperate scenario in which the malevolent Socrates has put him: having to steal King Charles II’s Crown Jewel. In the end, Melbourne finds a middle path between righteous living and the distorted course of his prior existence. However, as fate would have it, the plague rat may have to burn down London in the bargain… It’s this final act that assures Melbourne’s place in the dark tapestry of city legend.
Bumblescratch had a workshop performance at London’s Network Theatre in 9 and 10 May 2013 and received a one night only Charity Gala Concert at The Adelphi Theatre on the 4th September 2016. To find out more visit www.bumblescratch.com.
“His dad, Robert B. Sherman, co-wrote (with his brother Richard) the songs for Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Now Robert Jr has written his own musical called Bumblescratch, featuring a rat named Melbourne. The story is set during the Plague and Great Fire of London.
“Sherman started writing it before his father passed away last winter. ‘He listened to one song and shouted: “That’s your hit!” I’m pleased he at least heard some of it,’ he says.”
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