Pinot The Musical would like to thank our sponsor Hanna Pianos of Wimbledon
What do teachers say?
‘AN ENTHUSIASTIC ENSEMBLE MAKES FOR SOME MEMORABLE MOMENTS…
TEACHES BASIC FRENCH IN A FUN WAY' ★★★★ PAUL VALE - MUSICAL THEATRE REVIEW
‘BEAUTIFULLY PRODUCED, PERFECT FOR OUR AGE GROUP’ WILLINGTON SCHOOL
‘BY FAR THE BEST THEATRE PRODUCTION FOR CHILDREN IN TERMS OF LANGUAGE LEARNING’ HOLLYMOUNT SCHOOL
‘THE LEVEL OF FRENCH WAS PITCHED JUST RIGHT AND THE SONGS WERE A FANTASTIC LEARNING TOOL.
I WOULD RECOMMEND PINOT! THE MUSICAL TO ANY SCHOOL.’ HARRIS ACADEMY MERTON
‘THE CHILDREN LOVED IT AND THE STAFF WHO ACCOMPANIED WERE RAVING ABOUT IT.’ PELHAM PRIMARY
What French curriculum topics are covered in the songs?
- days of the week;
- of the year;
- verbs 'Etre' and 'Avoir' – 'to be' and 'to have';
- phrases ‘qu’est-ce-c’est’ (what’s that?); ‘je ne sais pas’ (I don’t know); ‘c’est la vie’ (that’s life);
- question words and phrases;
- opposites (big/small - grand/petit etc.)
- perfect tense (j'ai perdu mon portable) I'lve lost my mobile
What's the storyline?
Set in Paris, the story of Pinot! The Musical follows the adventures of Pinot, a young Russian cyclist with a dream – to win the Tour de France! Follow him and his Cossack dancing friends on their thrilling journey! On his way, Pinot meets colourful characters, including a beggar and a bag lady and a clumsy policeman who keeps chasing him. He wins over two rival gangs, procures a racing bike, endures a spell in jail and undergoes gruelling training – learning French along the way! The show’s catchy songs make learning French easy for children of all ages – and you won’t be able to resist singing along!
The story is told in English and there are four English songs in addition to the French songs. French song topics include: the days of the week, the alphabet, the numbers, or the months of the year. The show is designed for anyone with an interest in French, to brush up their skills or learn a few basics from scratch – while having a great time singing along!
The one hour show is written and produced by Marie Atallah, whose inspiration for Pinot! The Musical came from the belief that learning languages enriches lives and should be fun.
The international cast, whose credits include West End theatre shows, international and UK tours and TV and feature film appearances, are led by directors and choreographers Deborah Swain and recent RADA graduate Adrian Klein.
In 2010 the show was part of the IYAF International Youth Arts Festival of Kingston upon Thames and since then has been professionally performed at the Lost Theatre, the Mumford Theatre (Cambridge), the Colour House Theatre and New Wimbledon Studio Theatre. School performances and workshops have taken place regularly throughout the UK.
The 2017 run at the New Wimbledon Studio Theatre was praised by critics and received phenomenal feedback from schools.