School of Theatre, Television, and Film at San Diego State University


Play Development/Theatre for Young Audiences/Creative Drama/Improvisation/Physical Theatre/Movement for Actors

Margaret Larlham was born and educated in South Africa, and taught in the Speech and Drama Department at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa prior to moving to San Diego in 1986.

She is a Director/Playwright for SDSU Theatre for Youth Season and Touring Programs. Her new plays or scripts adapted from classic children’s literature have a strong physical theatre base, oftentimes with musical emphasis and focus in cultural diversity targeted to audiences of all ages.

Her play scripts, used with the video resources have occasioned new physical theatre productions by many schools and theatre companies, and have widened audiences to her work, for example: Symphony of Clouds – A Story of Mozart  was produced by Pollyanna Theatre Company in Austin Texas for two seasons; Jungle Book – received productions by North Coast Rep., and a school production with a cast of eighty children in New Delhi, India.

Recent productions include a new musical adaptation of The BFG (2016), Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser (2015),Peter Pan and Wendy, a South African favorite SQUAWK! (2012), Symphony of Clouds (2011), Tom + Huck + Jim (2010), 1001 Grains of Sand (2009), Jungle Book (2008), Musical Adventures with the Boy Mozart 2005/2006, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass 2005, and Fire + Mist- Stories of Old Town (2003). Fire + Mist was performed by SDSU Theatre students as part of the San Diego City Schools 4th Grade Program in Old Town for a period of six years. Tortilla Moon, was published by New Plays for Young Adults in 2002. Current production (2012) Peter Pan and Wendy.

Several of her productions have been filmed by SDSU TTF Professor, Tim Powell, and may be viewed on VIMEO channel: http://vimeo.com/channels/sdsutheatre

Margaret Larlham’s TYA scripts, are available for download at

Cyberpress Downloadable Scripts available from Stageplays.com

Peter Pan and Wendy


Symphony of Clouds


Jungle Book


The Cat Feet of the Fog


Rights to produce available from larlham@mail.sdsu.edu

See also blog and archival materials at


and at USA Plays 4 Kids website: http://usaplays4kids.drury.edu/playwrights/larlham/

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TYA at SDSU with Margaret Larlham