This primary school musical explores discrimination, alienation and radicalisation in a non-religious context. As well as the materials for staging the musical, the resource pack includes additional activities that help schools “explore sensitive or controversial issues” and “promote community cohesion” (2015 UK Counter-Terrorism and Security Act).

When Chemistry goes Bang! tells the story of a very bright student who becomes alienated from their class in the run-up to a challenging science test and decides to make a ‘bang’. The musical focuses on the ‘human chemistry’ behind their actions in an age-appropriate way and has a positive ending. Created by Michael Hallett (lyrics) and Claire Batchelor (music), it was commissioned by Global Education MK under the Prevent programme.

The resource pack can be downloaded for free, giving schools free access to the additional activities. Please click on the Free Download button below. Unlike the additional activities, the musical itself is copyrighted. The cost of a single licence for performing the 13-song, 45-minute musical is £40.00. To buy a license to perform When Chemistry goes Bang! please click on the Buy Licence button below, which will take you to PayPal.

The download pack requires 204Mb disk space. It contains:

  • 13 x MP3 tracks (with vocals)
  • 13 x MP3 tracks (no vocals)
  • Full musical score
  • Script and staging notes
  • Additional activities
  • Promotional poster
  • Licence application




© 2010 Michael Hallett and Claire Batchelor. All rights reserved.