The Adventures of Awful Knawful

A Play for Children


By Peter Flannery and Mick Ford

This was a hilarious and very successful Christmas show written for the RSC and first performed at the Donmar Warehouse Theatre, London on 20 December 1978.

The play was published by Eyre Methuen in the Methuen Young Drama series. It can be purchased from Amazon here.

Creative Team

Directors - John Caird & Howard Davies
Designer - Chris Dyer
Assitant to the Designer - Gilly Hebden
Lighting - Brian Wigney & Eddie J. Freed
Sound - John A. Leonard


AWFUL KNAWFUL, the bravest man on earth - Richard Derrington

PROFESSOR MADCHAT, a nutcase – Nigel Terry

GERONIMO, an animal invented by the Professor – Charlotte Cornwall

JAKOPO & MARLA, two stupid killers ­– Rory Edwards & Michelle Copsey

DR. KNOTINISHANKI, the greatest memory man on earth – Kenneth McClellan

LASSE FEVER, the fastest runner on earth – Charles Wegner

CROTON, a zombie – Nicholas le Prevost

P.C. McKNEE, the greatest policeman on earth - Kenneth McClellan

DR. BLOOD, the greatest surgeon on earth – Mike Hall

FLORENCE, his nurse – Colin McCormack

THE KILLER ROBOT, another of the Professor’s inventions - Mike Hall

JASPER & DENNIS, the perfect children ­- Colin McCormack & Charles Wegner


A GIANT SPIDER - Colin McCormack

THE KID, a gunslinging desperado - Kenneth McClellan

THE SHERIFF, his deadly enemy - Mike Hall

A MOUSE – A Mouse

A CHOIR OF MAD KILLERS – A Choir of Mad Killers

THE MASTER, a maniac – Iain Mitchell/Peter Clough


By the greatest musicians on earth:

Jeremy Barlow
Peter Cameron
Nigel Garvey
Brian Newman