Ages 5-9

Duration 45 mins
Speaking Roles 44
Cast Size 28-60+
Ideal Cast Size 45

Crabby is desperate to be accepted into the Starfish Band – if only he could play the guitar better! But then the high tide sweeps him out to sea and he ends up in a different rock pool, one with sand eels, sea lettuces, a crab-eating octopus … and a lobster who plays the guitar like Jimi Hendrix and is happy to teach Crabby a thing or two!

Can Crabby find his way back home? And if he does, will he finally be accepted into the Starfish Band? Find out in this highly entertaining and education musical for 5-9 year olds, complete with seven unforgettable songs that children will love ‘rockin’.

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

For a little extra, the editable Word.doc of the script can also be purchased when the Book/Downloads or Book/CD pack and a performance licence are bought, making it easy to adapt and adjust as you need to.

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  • Overview
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  • 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.


‘Rock Pool’ first and foremost is a story about friendship, determination, acceptance and community. Its ecological themes are there for all to see, but as part of a lovely wider story. In conjunction with the musical, teachers can develop the environmental theme or not as they see fit, knowing their own pupils and how they want to consider this aspect of the curriculum. The teachers notes and activities that are included in the book should help with this. But more than anything, this is a musical which works well in its own right -  as a fun, light-hearted, “rockin” musical that the children will adore performing and that teachers will enjoy staging.


Scene One

At the Briny Rock Pool (WELCOME TO THE ROCK POOL), we meet an array of amazing rock pool creatures, from barnacle commentators and hermit crabs who are moving house to ‘rockin’ starfish and starstruck crabs (STARFISH BAND).

One crab (Crabby) is particularly starstruck and wishes more than anything that he could join the starfish band. But his guitar playing isn’t up to scratch and the starfish refuse him a place. Sideways, his loyal friend, suggests that more practise might help. Meanwhile, as high tide approaches, three little fish, Chips, Finn and Gilly try to escape a hungry sea scorpion, before they all dive for cover to avoid the waves.

Scene Two

Underwater, Crabby auditions unsuccessfully for the band once again. Sideways advises that he needs a teacher, but there aren’t any guitar teachers at the Briny Rock Pool. Crabby feels his dream being dashed (CRABBY HAS A DREAM). As the tide retreats, we meet some unwelcome jellyfish who have been washed into the pool. Though they don’t normally eat mussels, they decide that there’s always a first time. The mussels distract the jellyfish by playing some of the starfish band’s music to them (WE LOVE JELLYFISH). Crabby is practising his guitar on the edge of a rock. Sideways tries to relocate him, but Crabby doesn’t heed the advice and, when the next high tide arrives, he is swept off. Much to the dismay of Sideways and the other rock pool inhabitants - can’t be found anywhere.

Scene Three

Crabby is anxious when he finds himself at the Blue Rock Pool where he encounters some rather unwelcoming characters. He is saved by Cuddles, a friendly lobster who takes him to see Clawdius, who just happens to be a lobster guitar teacher.

Scene Four

The creatures at the Briny Rock Pool are increasingly worried about Crabby. They all decide to sing a song with the starfish band in the hope that Crabby will hear it and be guided back (WHERE ARE YOU CRABBY?).

Scene Five

At the Blue Rock Pool guitar lessons are in full swing. Crabby thinks he hears the starfish band but presumes he is mistaken. Meanwhile, Octavia, a visiting hungry octopus who is above her station is on the lookout for a crab dinner. She realises that she’s no match for the lobsters, but this doesn’t stop her singing about her ‘royal’ self in true show off fashion (QUEEN OF THE SEA).

Scene Six

It’s been six months and the inhabitants of the Briny Rock Pool are still missing their dear friend Crabby. As high tide approaches again, they try, unsuccessfully, to cheer each other up with a few jokes.

Scene Seven

At the Blue Rock Pool, the lobsters have been planning Crabby’s trip home, though Crabby feels that he needs a lot more guitar practise first. With encouragement he is guided back to the Briny Rock Pool at the next high tide.

Scene Eight

The creatures of the Briny Rock Pool hear music. Assuming they are listening to the starfish band, they are surprised and overjoyed to see Crabby appear, but even more amazed to see him playing a star attraction mean guitar with the lobsters backing him. The friends are all together again and Crabby realises his dream as the starfish welcome him with open arms into their band (TOGETHER AT THE ROCK POOL).

Song Samples

Welcome To The Rock Pool
Starfish Band
Crabby Has A Dream
The Jellyfish Song
Where Are You Crabby
Queen Of The Sea
Together At The Rock Pool
Ecosystem - Bonus Song


Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Rebecca Grant
An Excellent Resource

This book has everything you need to put on your performance. Even suggestions on how to change the script for a larger or smaller cast size! I will definitely be using their resources again for future productions

£ 34.95
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