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Malcolm Fox

Publisher: G. Schirmer

The Iron Man (1987)
Text Writer
Libretto by Susan Rider and Jim Vilé after the story “The Iron Man” by Ted Hughes.
G Schirmer Inc
Opera and Music Theatre
Year Composed
1 Hour 20 Minutes
treble chorus and SABar chorus
Solo Instrument(s)
Tr (age 11-13), Mz (age 14-16), B-Bar (age 18+), other sung roles
Programme Note
Malcolm Fox The Iron Man (1987)
The Iron Man is created when lightning strikes a beach strewn with discarded pieces of metal. The next morning he is discovered by two children – and by several angry people whose cars he has eaten. The children dig a hole to trap him, but are remorseful when the adults bury him under the earth. When he escapes, the children devise a clever solution: they ask him to live in the local scrap metal yard, where he can eat whatever he wishes. The Iron Man gratefully accepts, to the amazement of the adults. Later on, when a Space Being lands and attacks the planet, the Iron Man returns the favour by defeating it and peace descends on the earth.

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