A musical with the working title ‘Giants in the Earth’ is scheduled to be performed by the Oxfordshire Theatre Company in its 2011-2012 season. The musical – written by Nick Wood, with musical score by Matt Marks, and directed by Karen Simpson – looks at the period when giant bones in the earth were no longer, due to the progress in early paleontology, seen as biblical and classical Giants, but as dinosaurs:
Giants in the Earth is the story of [a] discovery that rocked the scientific, social and religious thinking of 1800’s challenging the understanding of the worlds creation. The race between Buckland and his contemporaries, Richard Owen and Mantell to uncover the hidden world of the dinosaur, was seen at the time to have implications so devastating, that steps were taken at the highest level to conceal the finds
Looks a real treat for any modern gigantologists! The Oxford Times has a recent report on the production.
I hope the theatre company retains the name, which ultimately derives from the memorable translation of Genesis 6.4 by the King James Version (which has its 400th birthday in 2011):
There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.
Giants in the Earth is also the title of Walter Stephens’ excellent book from 1989 which discusses some of the controversy over early paleontology’s battle against gigantology.