PLAYS 8 - 11 years


King Arthur - The Beginning

A play for young actors about the legend of King Arthur becoming the King of England. Written for a school in Australia where it received rave reviews, it employs all the characters that come down through the ages – Arthur, Lancelot, Merlin, Guinevere, Morgana and many many more. It lasts about an hour, has a cast of twenty but parts could be doubled for smaller settings. Read below what Donna Shaw, the teacher in Oz had to say about it: -

Also An assembly based on the legend of Arthur. This assembly material is designed for 25 children of mixed abilities. It deals with the story of the sword in the stone and how Arthur sets out on his legendary kingship. Two songs help to expand and carry the story along.

Comments

Hi Robert Oh my goodness!!!! I am so happy!! Thank you so so so so much. This is more than enough to begin with. I just love the part where Merlin places the sword in the stone. You wouldn’t believe how many stupid scripts I've read and finally, this one is just perfect for my class. 11/10/14

I must say though that we've begun the term with your play and the children love it. They've found the humour in it and the'yre really enjoying it. I found a song from the King Arthur movie and they've started learning that and they're practicing sword fighting. I think its going to be the best play we've done. Guinevere is hanging out for her lines! 14/10/14

The beginning part where the servant stumbles over Merlin's name is very funny and everyone laughs every time they say their lines. You really get kids humour!!!! 17/10/14

Robert thank you a thousand times thank you!!!! We did a run through today with the children knowing most of their lines and it took about an hour. They absolutely love it and it’s very entertaining. I love that you made Gwen be a warrior and a fighter. The girl that plays Guinevere is very sweet without a whole lot of strength or fight so the role is perfect for her. Actually all of the roles fit the children perfectly. 21/10/14

Robert
I have just come home and tonight we performed your play. We did three performances altogether. Two today and then one tonight. It was the best play the school has ever performed!!!!!!! I'm really sad that it has finished and I have to leave the world of King Arthur. It was absolutely fantastic!!

I just love how Bart goes from a snivelling downtrodden wretch to King. Every part fitted each child perfectly and it was as if you knew each child and wrote especially for them.

The child that played Lancelot and Sir Ector really suffered from anxiety and couldn’t go on last year. He managed to overcome his anxiety and it was a very proud moment for me and his parents when he stepped on to the stage and did his bit.

At our school we don’t have a stage and so the children only perform in a room we call the performance room. It’s a bit like a hall I guess without a stage, so there’s not much room. If we had a proper stage with more room I think it would be even better. I loved the battle scene. We only had 10 children but I still felt excited by it.

Today we performed for class 1. The class 1 teacher and I spoke before we began and agreed that anytime the lights went out, the class could leave if they were bored because it was such a long play. I also told my class not to be offended but just to keep going if they left. However, they were riveted and cheered and clapped and absolutely loved it. 11/10/14

Age Range: 8-11 years

Duration: 1 hour

Cast: 20

Number of Songs: 0

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

Scene 1-2 Sample

The scene opens in a cave wherein sits an old man - Merlin

ASSEMBLY BASED

Duration: 15 mins

Cast: 25

£4.99 CD of 2 songs

£9.99 Copy of the script

Roundabout Thornaby

This play was commissioned by Stockton Borough Council, to be performed at Bader Primary School, to commemorate the part played by Thornaby Aerodrome in World War II and to coincide with the erection of a sculpture (a replica Spitfire) with which Stockton Borough Council wished to mark Thornaby's role in World War II.

have broadened the scope somewhat to illustrate events in Thornaby's history, but a large part of the play deals with wartime events. All of the stories and characters are based on historical research. Although primarily of interest to schools in the Stockton area of North East England, the play deals with many important events in England's history: - the Roman occupation, The Crusades, the industrialisation of England and World War II.

Age Range: 8-11 years

Duration: 1 hour

Cast: 20-30

Number of Songs: 7

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Song: What Have We Done to Deserve This?

A song after an air-raid

Scene 1 Sample

Part of Scene 1 - where the four main characters discuss their homework assignment

A play by Robert Smith

Sophie's Christmas

a traditional nativity

Bethlehem is overflowing, all the hotels are full. The Roman soldiers are organising the census, people are crowding into the city from miles around and the Inn owners are rushed off their feet.

The play follows the fortunes of Sophie, a young girl who has been separated from the group she came with, and a couple, Mary and Joseph, who have struggled in from Nazareth.

Wherever she goes in the town, she finds no warmth or welcome. She is turned away from camp fires and from an inn where the publican is only interested in paying-over-the-top guests.

We follow the soldiers as they go out onto the hills to count the shepherds, and we stay with the publican who is making so much money, he is planning his summer holidays already.

The play ends with Mary and Joseph ensconced in the stable, then visited by Sophie, the shepherds and the Wise Men.

There are just two songs specially written, so there are opportunities for Christmas Carols of your choice to be added to the play.

Comments

"The Headteacher said it was the best Christmas performance the school had ever staged"

Mid Sussex Leader Dec 20 2001

Age Range: 8-11 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Cast: 21 or more

Number of Songs: 2

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Scene Sample

Snow Queen - for Juniors

A wicked magician makes a nasty mirror which cruelly distorts everything it reflects. The mirror shatters and millions of fragments of glass are dispersed round the world. Faithful to the original text but using appropriate language and designed for school or drama group staging. All the key elements of the original story are retained. This version, for 8 - 11 year olds, has more and longer speaking parts for the cast.

Gerda and Kay are the best of friends until shards of the mirror get into Kay's eye and into his heart. These turn him into a callous, cold youth. Kay is taken by the Snow Queen to her palace in the far north and Gerda sets out on a perilous journey to find her friend and make him better.

This is a challenging dramatic version of a classic story with songs that complement and illustrate the action on stage.

Age Range: 8-11 years

Duration: ??

Cast: 25 - 60

Number of Songs: 7

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

The Snow Queen's Song

Listen to a song from the show

Sample Scene

From The Snow Queen (for older pupils)