"King Leo is an ideal piece for school performance. It is challenging yet very accessible. The jazz element in the music appeals to teenagers as does the 'green' message. This musical is versatile and gives the teacher an opportunity to cater for the less able child in a chorus role while extending the very able with its demanding instrumental writing. The text is witty and relevant to the young person of today. Our students enjoyed it . . . twice in one year!"
Phoebe Woollam Head of Music at The Lady Eleanor Holles School
"As a fan of the Walt Disney Jungle Book score I had assumed Trust in Me to be the ultimate in snake songs but McDowall and Dawson have come up with Adapt and Survive (for their snake, Miss Anna Conda, who else?) in an original and slippery smooth tango. King Leo is an eco-musical with a message or two. Charming, witty and never patronising, it's intelligent enough to be read on a number of levels and should find itself well placed to make regular appearances in the schools' repertoire."
Kevin Amos, West End MD writing for the Trinity College of Music Magazine
"The main characters were strong and well drawn and the script fulfilled the essentials of a good story which translated well into a theatrical event. The music was atmospheric, humorous and heart lifting. This musical should go on living as other companies will find it fun and rewarding to perform."
The Lloyds Bank Theatre Challenge Review