by Joe Bromley and Willow Nash

Messy Jesse loves dancing.  He’s not necessarily that good at it, but he always tries his best.  There’s a dance competition at Kids Club but no-one will partner him.  Enter Olive.  She doesn’t love dancing.  She loves cooking.  And the prize is dinner at celebrity chef Monsieur Nincompoop’s new restaurant…

Will they work together as a team?

What will happen if the restaurant staff all get food poisoning, thanks to poor hygiene?  Who will be able to save the day and cook a delicious nutritious meal, sourcing tasty fresh seasonal vegetables from the garden (that aren’t necessarily the ‘perfect’ shape), for the celebrity guests – enigmatic pop star Solar Pa’nelle and Rapper Scool Yo, who thinks vegetables come out of his nan’s freezer?

And what will Trixie say – supposedly Olive’s best friend, and keen to win the dance competition herself?

Should we always read the label?  Using PSHE and physical education to help youngsters tackle peer pressure and cultivate a healthy body image and self-esteem, whilst learning more about nutrition and where their food comes from.

There will be cooking!  There will be dancing!  There will be rapping!  Not all at the same time.

Suitable for KS2

Running time 50 minutes

This show is a springboard into learning for the new primary curriculum, and has an extensive accompanying resource pack.

There is an accompanying volume of poems, written in the voices of the characters from the show, and covering many different styles.  POETRY VERSUS POTTERY is illustrated throughout by Rosie Alabaster and can be bought from us at events.  The book also encourages children to write their own poetry.

  • Pre-show activity
  • Olive faces a huge challenge in Monsieur Nincompoop’s restaurant and needs YOUR help.  Can you learn this chant and encourage her to believe in herself when Messy Jesse asks you to?

Girls can be chefs and boys can dance
We’ve got to believe and take a big chance
Just try, don’t be shy; I’m sure that you’ll fly
Especially if you wear some really big pants!