Ages 7-11

Duration 55 mins
Speaking Roles 50
Cast Size 30-70+
Ideal Cast Size 60

Produced in conjunction with Edinburgh Zoo, the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland and the Beyond The Panda programme. 

Scroll down to the tabs below to listen to song clips, read the synopsis and script samples, and to view character information.

It's the journey of a lifetime for panda Yun Zi as his flight from China to Edinburgh Zoo takes an unexpected turn due to a sever snowstorm. Stranded at Inverness airport, with all roads closed and all phone lines down, can Yun Zi - along with a motley collection of other foreign animals - find their way through the Highlands and make it safely to their new home?

Exploring the place of animals in a human world, Bamboozled is an extraordinary tale of survival and friendship, complete with eight toe-tapping songs and a menagerie of memorable characters. 

Please note - a very small amount of the dialogue is in Mandarin. Guidance is provided within the book about how to approach this. See script sample in the tabs below for an example of its use within the play. 

For a little extra, the editable Word.doc of the script can also be purchased when the musical and a performance licence are bought. 

UK School Invoicing Available - email us at 

  • Overview
  • Songs
  • Buying Options
  • Synopsis
  • Sample Scripts & Character Info
  • Reviews

Buying Options


Book & CD: Book includes full script, character list, curriculum-linked material, sheet music and lyrics. CD includes all songs recorded with children’s voices and full backing tracks.

Book & Digital Downloads: Book as above, with digital downloads that include MP3s of all of the songs and backing tracks, plus a PDF version of the full book. Where available, a complimentary pdf version of the abridged script is also included.


Performance Licence: You need a performance licence to perform our show to anyone other than pupils and staff. Our licences are simple - one price allows you to perform the show as many times as you like during a twelve month period.

Filming/Streaming Licence: If you plan to film your performance and manufacture DVDs for distribution, stream content on an internet site or on social media, you will also need to purchase this licence.


The EDITABLE VERSION of the script in WORD format is not available as a stand-alone purchase. However, it can be purchased alongside one of the Pack options when a performance or filming/streaming licence is also purchased. It is an additional item (script only, no music or production information) and is not a substitute for the main resource.


When the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, owners of Edinburgh Zoo and Highland Wildlife Park, approached us with an idea for a collaborative project to raise awareness of their hugely important conservation message, we jumped at the chance: in a world in which the habitats of animals are being destroyed or affected through human activity, zoos perhaps play a more important role in conservation now than ever before. We were delighted to be involved in bringing their educational message to a young audience, and hope that, in ‘Bamboozled’, we have created something that will both entertain and educate cast and audience alike. It’s certainly been great fun to write: we hope it’s great fun to perform too!


The ensemble introduces the story and suggests to the audience that a visit to the animals in a zoo is a great day out for all and sundry (LET’S GO TO THE ZOO).
In her enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo, recent arrival Mei Sheng, a female panda, learns from her keepers, Aileen and Jean, that another panda is on his way from China. Mei Sheng is excited and talks with her new friends, the zebras, about her life in China and aspects of Chinese culture (CHINESE NEW YEAR).
Meanwhile, nearly 5000 miles away, Yun Zi, a male panda, is practising his English with his keeper ahead of his departure. Angus and Isla, keepers from Edinburgh, arrive to help. They go through the schedule for the journey, and describe the other animals also travelling to Scotland from other countries. Yun Zi is excited, but wonders what the journey will be like and how he will be received (WHY WE NEED A FRIEND).
The pilots of Yun Zi’s flight – and other pilots flying animals from South America and Africa – are nearing Scotland, but the weather is absolutely dreadful, with late winter snow everywhere. Air traffic control tells them to attempt an emergency landing at Inverness Airport. We don’t know if they are successful.
The following morning, Mei Sheng wakes up to snow. She is pleased to see it, but is worried about Yun Zi, and in particular whether he will arrive during the small window that she is fertile.
Back at Inverness Airport, the animals and keepers are safe. However, the snowfall has been prolific. Flying out is impossible and no vehicles can get through because the roads are all blocked. Yun Zi rallies the other animals, telling them that there is only one thing for it: if they want to make it to Edinburgh Zoo, they will need to do it under their own steam (A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION).
In the Cairngorms National Park, the resident animals have gathered to discuss the snow. Suddenly, a Scottish Crossbill arrives with news of a panda bear and various others who have entered the Park. They welcome the panda and his entourage, marvel at their languages, especially Mandarin which they have never heard before, and encourage them to spend the night with them in the beautiful Cairngorms (HAVEN ON EARTH).
Mei Sheng is becoming increasingly worried that Yun Zi won’t make it in time. She discusses her options with the nearby zebras, but they are not a lot of help. Her keepers have no information to offer her either.
From the visiting birds, the animals in the Highland Wildlife Park have heard about the travels of the animals: that they are now out of the Cairngorms and approaching the A9 near Perth. Concerns mount for their safety (CONSERVATION CONVERSATION).
The animals are growing very weak from hunger and exhaustion, especially Yun Zi whose bamboo is long gone. Some are frightened to confront the A9, recently reopened after the snow (WHEN MAN MEETS NATURE).
A television reporter is on location by the A9, updating viewers about the reopening of the road, when Yun Zi and the other animals walk into the shot. The reporter is terrified, and flees the scene along with countless others. Vets and conservationists arrive shortly after and tell the animals that their journey is over.
The animals arrive at Edinburgh Zoo to a hero’s welcome. There are photographers, television cameras, journalists and spectators, not to mention all of the zoo’s residents. As the new arrivals enter the zoo, Yun Zi wonders when he will meet Mei Sheng. He turns around and there she is, laden with bamboo. They greet each other in Mandarin and Yun Zi samples the bamboo. It is exactly how he likes it (ROOM FOR EVERYONE).

Song Samples

Let's Go To The Zoo
Chinese New Year
Why We Need A Friend
A Step In The Right Direction
Haven On Earth
Conservation Conversation
When Man Meets Nature
Room For Everyone


Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review

Really good actually

£ 37.95
In stock. Dispatched within 24 hours

Sign up to our newsletter!