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Gypsy Girl (Diddikai)

musical story for children

Year:  1978   ·  Duration:  35m
Instrumentation:  piano, 2 flutes, guitar, bass, drums, 2 percussion

Year:  1978
Duration:  35m
Instrumentation  piano, 2 flutes, guitar, ba...

Composer:   Gary Daverne


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Gypsy Girl is a musical story about Richi, a half-gypsy girl. Richi’s parents died when she was quite young so she lived with her old Aunt in a Gypsy wagon. When her old Aunt dies, Rithi is left destitute.

She was forced to go to school. At school, the children dislike her, she is too different from them and she stinks. Their dislike leads to hatred and violence. They torment, tease, bully and finally mob Richi, thinking they have killed her.

Later, full of remorse, the children try to make amends and become friends, but find Richi too stubborn, too proud and perhaps too deeply hurt.

Contents note

9 songs

Text note

Story and words by Ruth Hamilton

Performance history

Performed by Beth Draper, Harriett Draper, Laura Draper, Glenfield Intermediate School, Robyn Donnelly, Kym Gillett, Sheralyn Hume, Michelle Miller, Astrid Chalklen, Megan Thmoas, Eve Christie, Suzette Cottrell and Julie Ulrich, story as told by Billy T. James