In the early decades of the twentieth century, when it was first performed, "Florodora" was a huge hit. It was still being performed up to the 1960s and itís easy to see why. "Florodora" is a lively and funny musical set on the mythical island of Florodora in the Philippines and centres around the story of a perfume made on the island ó picture palm trees, hibuscuses, and other faux tropical references, and youíll get the idea.
The original script was funny but too long for our purposes, and very dated in parts. We think our version preserved all the best lines, adapting them where necessary and adding quite a lot of new ones. Musical director David Hood preserved the essence of Florodora's original music while rearranging it slightly in places, and writer Bridget Brooklyn played fast and loose with the script, turning Spanish workers and English clerks into fragrance consultants (the type who ambush you every day in department stores).