A Croxley Green musical play writer who inspired children locally and across the world in the early 1990s is looking to trace anyone who performed in her play Child of the Future or may have any photographs.
In 1991 Rilla Paterson wrote a children’s musical play about the environment entitled Child of the Future and was designed to educate young people about the plight of the environment.
The format was unusual in that it was written on a home computer using a music notation program at a time when such digital tools were only just beginning. The whole musical: play, lyrics, songs, digital backing track, piano and orchestral scores all fitted onto a single floppy disc, and was therefore highly accessible to schools without a piano.
The project was used in schools throughout the UK and also reached far-flung places such as Kenya, Nigeria, Indonesia USA and Canada.
Rilla has now been encouraged to resurrect the play via a website and it has quickly gathered momentum with videos and photographs from the plays in the 1990s being received.
To help further build the website Rilla is asking those who were involved in Child of the Future to share any photographs they may have. She said: “I am appealing to anyone who remembers these occasions and who may have kept photos of them to be in touch with me.
“I have now retired and I have been encouraged by others, particularly those with technical skills, to resurrect it, it is surprising just how much the content is still relevant today.
“Some of the children who appeared in the original shows have been traced and have become interested. A few of them have become teachers themselves; at least one is a music specialist.”
Anyone who has photographs or memories they would like to share with Rilla are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be passed on.