PLAYS 9 - 11 years


A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens's classic tale of greed and redemption adapted and dramatised for young children.

The playwright, Robert Smith, has used much of Dickens's own language to give children the feel and flavour of this much-loved classic.

The script has opportunities for expansion so that teachers could use it as an assembly say, or an end of term production.

Six brand new songs illustrate the story and introduce us to Scrooge, Jacob Marley, the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Christmas To Come, before a rousing finale as Scrooge resolves to change his ways.

A perfect Christmas package.

Comments

Just what we need! I love the fact that you are keeping Dickens' language - the more the better I think for Y6 children as they can certainly cope with it. It is great. Just what we needed. Thank you very much.

Xanthe, Kent, October 2010

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: The play lasts about 20 minutes

Cast: Minimum 20, up to 40 maximum. Scrooge has the most to say.

Number of Songs: 6

Prices:

£9.99 Script

£15.00 Piano scores

£4.99 CD

Samples

Mr Scrooge to You

The first song, depicting Scrooge's mean and unpleasant character

A Christmas Carol

Cast list, production notes and opening scene

A Park Supreme

A play about Sir Robert Ropner, Victorian philanthropist

In 1857, a young man, aged almost 20, his head full of romantic dreams of a life on the high seas, wangles himself a job on board a freighter in Hamburg. The ship is bound for England. After an horrendous crossing of the North Sea the young man is thrown off the ship in Hartlepool, and he vows never to go near the sea again. He does not speak a word of English, and probably finds refuge in the Seaman's Mission. By 1875, he had formed the shipping company Robert Ropner & Co. which became one of the biggest and most successful shipbuilding and trading companies in England. He was knighted in 1902 and made a baronet in 1904.

Having become a rich and successful businessman, Sir Robert bought a parcel of land in Stockton-on-Tees which he gave to the Council."I think that a Park for a town like ours is most desirable, if not absolutely necessary, and I have, therefore, much pleasure in offering to pay the cost of the ground now under consideration, provided the Council will undertake to lay it out tastefully and keep it up forever."

A Park Supreme tells of the astonishing but entirely true story of Sir Robert Ropner (1838 - 1924). It is a remarkable historical tale of endeavour, enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit with echoes and repercussions in the present day. Ropner Park fell into decline, but recently Stockton Borough Council's Parks Department have applied successfully to the Lottery Commission to restore the Park to its Victorian splendour. So Sir Robert's dream of a place for the population of his town to play and relax is assured.

This play was commissioned by Hartburn Primary school in Stockton-on-Tees. It has 4 excellent songs to illustrate and underscore the action on stage. It was first performed in April 2005.

Although this play is of local interest to schools and drama clubs in the North East of England, reading and performing this play will help to fulfil the following National Curriculum Programmes of Study for History in Key Stage 2:-

Chronological understanding

Pupils should be taught to: place events, people and changes into correct periods of time,

Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past

2) Pupils should be taught:
about characteristic features of the periods and societies studied, including the ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past about the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the societies studied, in Britain and the wider world to identify and describe reasons for, and results of, historical events, situations, and changes in the periods studied to describe and make links between the main events, situations and changes within and across the different periods and societies studied.

British history
8) In their study of British history, pupils should be taught about: the Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings; Britain and the wider world in Tudor times; and either Victorian Britain or Britain since 1930

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 1 hour

Cast: 30-70

Number of Songs: 4

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£10.00 Piano score

Samples:

Build more ships - Song

Mr Ropner, faced with losses on the high seas, decides to be bold!

Scene sample

Grimstone's Glory

A victorian Christmas melodrama

The play was written for year 5 and 6 pupils at a village primary school. It was featured in a Junior Education project on Victorians in September 1983 and it is suitable for any key stage 2 children as a Christmas production.

The play is set in England in the 1850s. Mr Grimstone is overmaster to a group of chimney sweeps. He is a hard cruel man with no spark of humanity. He has a strange habit of carrying a small box with him wherever he goes.

The play opens with one of the sweeps, Choke, being carried into the sweeps' garret after falling down a chimney and injuring himself. When Grimstone discovers this, he throws Choke out on the streets.

In his place, Grimstone introduces Twister, an orphan sold to him by the boy's greedy aunt. To cheer him and themselves up, the sweeps hold an imaginary banquet which is broken up by the irate Grimstone.

Twister is terrified at the prospect of climbing chimneys and when forced to do so runs away. Grimstone and the sweeps mount a search and eventually corner Twister. In the hubbub Grimstone is knocked over and drops his curious box. Out falls a miniature picture which breaks. Grimstone appears distraught and returns home.

The sweeps discover that the picture is of his wife, Dulcie. Inside is a newspaper cutting from which they learn that Grimstone's wife and their son died on Christmas Eve some years ago.The sweeps had always believed that Dulcie had been hanged for thieving.

The sweeps decide to spend the money they had scraped together for a Christmas dinner, on repairing the picture.

On Christmas Eve, Grimstone resolves to be stricter than ever and orders the sweeps to work on Christmas day. They give him the repaired picture and his heart melts.

The final scene is on Christmas day. The sweeps enter in darkness. Grimstone appears and the room lights up to reveal a great feast and he proclaims himself a changed man. He leaves and returns almost at once with Choke, whom he has sought and found. The play ends amid much rejoicing.

Comments

"Junior School pupils have been playing to packed houses in the Village Hall this week with Grimstone's Glory, a gripping Victorian melodrama. Son of Scrooge, grandson of Fagin, the sweepmaster Grimstone casts the populace into gloom and despondency with his evil ways, but as Christmas approaches the villain mellows, sees the light and everyone lives happily ever after".

Sussex Courier

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 40 minutes

Cast: 15

Number of Songs: 6

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Choke's Lament

A young sweep is injured, and will never work again

Scene sample

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A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

Jack and the Beanstalk

the traditional pantomime

Here is another traditional pantomime re-written for children to enjoy performing. All the elements of the story are retained and the entire play is written in rhyme.

Jack and his mum live in abject poverty and mum does not agree to Jack's simple, if illegal, solution (shoplifting!) So he is sent out to sell their remaining collateral, the thin and ancient cow. He meets the beanseller, does the deal - cow for beans - and returns home, to a less than rapturous reception from mother.

During the night, the beans grow skywards, and, when the police arrive to question Jack for some unknown reason, he fears the worst. To escape he climbs up the beanstalk. At the top he finds a giant's palace.

This story has all the elements of the traditional pantomime, with a few more thrown in for good measure. Needless to say it has a happy ending (for Jack and his mum!)

This is a rip-roaring tale and will be stimulating for cast and stage designer. Jack has, unsurprisingly, the biggest and most demanding role but there is a good selection and variety of different length parts for the rest of the cast including narrators who link the action. 5 brilliant, totally original and singable songs.

Comments

"Just to keep you informed I have started the rehearsals for Jack and the Beanstalk and they are going extremely well. The children absolutely love the script and songs - Jack learnt all his lines over one weekend! Thanks again for all your efforts especially in producing the songs so quickly.

Primary School teacher Durham UK December 2004

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 45 minutes

Cast: at least 12

Number of Songs: 5

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Magic Beans

Listen to the song "Magic Beans"

Part of Scene 1 sample

Snow White

This is a version of the traditional story originally written for parents to perform to children aged 4 to 11. It is however, suitable for children to perform themselves with suitable language and many parts appropriate to different ages and abilities.

Written entirely in rhyme, the Queen has the most lines, the Prince and Snow-White come next and there are smaller parts for The MIrror, the Dwarves, the Huntsman and Captain Hook. A narrator tells the story and requires a moderate reader.

There are also 5 brand new songs for the main characters, with a rousing show stopper for the end.

The story follows the traditional tale except for occasional appearances from Captain Hook who is searching for Peter Pan and has information that a pantomime is taking place and that Peter Pan is in it. This allows the "Oh yes he is" Oh no he isn't" routine to take place and when the crocodile appears, there is also opportunity for "He's behind you!"

The original performance took place with the minimum of rehearsal and staging! and yet was a great success with all the pupils and cast. Musical accompaniment was provided by a pianist who played while scenes changed and when the dwarves appeared.

Don't forget, all the songs come on a cd with me singing and instrumental versions of the songs. Having the cd means that you don't need to be a musician or have the services of one. You can use the songs with me singing for rehearsal, then, when the cast have learnt the songs, use the instrumental version for a performance. An added attraction is that, with a portable cd player, you can have the songs playing in the classroom, say, so that the children can learn them at any time of day - you don't need specific rehearsals for the songs.

Comments

"We had our performance of Snow White yesterday and it was a huge success. We had a packed hall and everybody loved it so thank you again for another great play. We also introduced an autograph book at the end of the performance which we gave out to all of the children so they could get their favourite characters autographs and this proved to be hugely popular (both with the children and cast) so you may wish to pass that onto anyone else who purchases your script"

Pre-school playgroup, Berkshire


"Hi Robert, Last year I purchased your Snow White Pantomime for the children to perform and it was a huge hit! They loved doing it and the audience loved watching it! The children have been asking all year if we are doing another Pantomime this year. So I'm back to buy a copy of Jack And The Beanstalk for this year. I'm in Australia, so last year you emailed me copies of the script and MP3's of the songs. That worked very well, so I'm happy to do that again". Regards

Helen Wilmot, Australia (August 2013)

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Cast: at least 12

Number of Songs: 5

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

I'm a Prince

Listen to a song from the show

Scene Sample

The Ballad of Robin Hood

The legend of Robin Hood and his brave band brought to life for 9, 10 & 11 year old children to perform.

As in my St George play, a troupe of players arrive in a town to put on their new play. However the crowd wants its old favourite and the troupe are forced to relent and perform The Ballad of Robin Hood.

Cast numbers are flexible - if you have a small group it's perfectly acceptable to have actors playing several parts, but if you have large numbers to accommodate, there are numerous roles.

There is also a wide range of difficulty to accommodate actors of different abilities - several one or two line parts as well as longer, more demanding roles.

Most of the dialogue is written in rhyme to aid memory and give rhythm to the speech.

The play covers several of the stories of Robin Hood - how he came to be an outlaw; his battles with the Sheriff of Nottingham; how Little John came to join his band; his love for Maid Marion and his death at the hands of the Abbess of Kirklees.

There is plenty of humour, action and, ultimately, sadness when Robin meets his doom. However, in an epilogue we are reminded that this is a travelling troupe of actors and the story will be re-enacted time and time again.

Finally, there are 6 original easy-to-learn-and-sing songs to complement the action and further demonstrate the talents of your cast.

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 40 minutes

Cast: 15-40

Number of Songs: 6

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Mr and Mrs Hood

The show finale from The Ballad of Robin Hood

Robin Hood Scene Sample

Sample script from Scene 3 of The ballad of Robin Hood

A play by Robert Smith

The Ballad of St George

This play for older Juniors, (9,10 and 11 year olds) uses the model of a mystery or mummers' play, in that a band of roving minstrels and actors come to a village or town to perform their play. They start off offering a new play, about Robin Hood, but the crowd shout them down and demand their old favourite - the story of Saint George. The players reluctantly agree and perform The Ballad of Saint George.

The play is based loosely on historical information, involving George's Christian beliefs, the conflict that arose between him and the Emperor Diocletian, and, of course the legendary fight with the Dragon.

Written entirely in rhyme, with original songs to illustrate and complement the action, the play is ideal for children who are making a start in drama. There are many parts involving no more than one or two lines, and parts for George, the Emperor, the Dragon which are more demanding, so the play appeals to a mixed ability group (of between 15 and 40 members), where everyone can take part. It has lots of humour, it can be adapted and customised for the location of the performance and it also gives performers the chance to learn about St George and the facts(?) behind the legend. It also has a happy ending!

I have written a show-stopping song, 'Dig a Little Deeper' guaranteed to appeal to your cast and audience and, if you have a collection at the end, your boxes, plates or hats will be filled to overflowing!

Comments

"Thank you so much for your speedy delivery of CD/scores/lyrics etc. The songs are great and just what I was looking for. "

Lisa Primary School head of music Edinburgh April 2008

Comments

"I was able to use The Ballad of Bold St George as part of our Y6 drama syllabus, in the section about theatre history. It worked wonderfully and kept three groups happy and actively involved. I hope more teachers feel encouraged to use Robert Smith's excellent scripts for drama lessons as well as performance"

Stephen Baird (Junior King's School, Canterbury) Spring 2007

Comments

"Just to let you know that we performed The Ballad of St George last night. The children made up their own dances for the soldiers and three girls did a dance when the tune was playing for the dragon song. The play was received really well by the audience and the children enjoyed performing it."

Many thanks. Bucknall School Lincolnshire 17/7/7

Comments

"The Medieval Festival was a huge success! On behalf of everyone who attended and the Medieval Festival Committee, we wish to send an enormous THANK YOU!! The "Ballad of St. George" (play) was a huge hit with the children and the audience."

November 16th 2004

Comments

"Kind foreign playwright Robert Smith wrote a most excellent play entitled St. George's Ballad......... the play was a great success - so great a success in fact that the actors and actresses......received a great stomping of feet."

Rev. John Sovereign November 2004

Comments

"Firstly thank you for writing such brilliant plays! We performed the Ballad of St George on Tuesday night and it was such a success. Not only did the children (34 Yr 3) love performing it but the adults were amazed. Your script was so funny and the songs were perfect, we look forward to performing more of your works in years to come."

Head of Music, Independent Prep School SW London 2006

Comments

"We performed your Ballad of Bold St George in the summer, which was a wonderful play and performed by pupils from 4 - 11. They really enjoyed the play, in particular they loved "I'm a Roman Soldier" so I thought I would try another of your plays. Could you send me the play and CD of songs for the Snow Queen"

Jill Woollands Elsecar Holy Trinity CE School Barnsley Nov 2007

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 40 minutes

Cast: 15 or more

Number of Songs: 6

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

I'm a Roman Soldier

My favourite song from the play!

Scene 5

Sample scene from the play

The Gnaughty Gnome

The play was written for year 5 and 6 pupils at an urban primary school. It is suitable for key stage 2 children as a Christmas production.Father Christmas and his two helpers, Sally and Tom are getting ready for Christmas. Father Christmas isn't very keen, and when he hears that the Gnaughty Gnome wants to take over the Christmas present delivery service, he is only too happy to retire. However, after much persuasion and cajoling from Sally and Tom, he agrees to carry on.They set out on Christmas Eve, but they haven't gone far when they are hijacked by a Gnaughty Gnome magic spell. Father Christmas and the reindeer fall asleep and cannot be woken. Sally and Tom are unaffected, but at a loss to know what to do.From out of nowhere appears a young fairy, Estella, who offers to help. She has only limited powers of magic, but she is able to bring four toys to life to help the children. And so, Action Man, Sindy Doll, Teddy Bear and Rag Doll appear in life to track down the Gnaughty Gnome and m ake him change his spell.

Estella can perform one more spell - instant transport - and she sends the band off to the place where the Gnaughty Gnome has been most recently.

The place turns out to be Nursery Rhyme Land and our intrepid band soon discover that it is the Gnaughty Gnome who is responsible for all the things that go wrong there: he pushed Humpty Dumpty off the wall, he stole Bo Peep's sheep, he put the pussy down the well. With this information the children and toys set off in pursuit.

With Teddy's insight and Action Man's laser vision they catch up with Gnaughty on the hill where Jack and Jill met with such misfortune, and soon capture him. All attempts to force Gnaughty to change his spell are useless, and it is left to Rag Doll, who tricks him into giving her the antidote, to put things right.

Back at the north pole Father Christmas is restored to consciousness the children are re-united with him and the toys return to his sack. Unaware that anything untoward has happened, Father Christmas sets off to deliver the presents and Christmas is saved.

The last song can be displayed for audience participation and the words in verse 3 altered to suit the location and personnel involved in the performance.

Comments

"Captivating and original new pantomime. It really was a clever package - in fact I enjoyed it more than a professional panto."

Kent and Sussex Courier

"I purchased the Gnaughty Gnome from you last year and my pupils thoroughly enjoyed it."

Primary School Teacher, Edinburgh, Scotland 2004

"Thanks for sending the script. I've read it over and I think it's an excellent choice for my group of students"

Elementary School Counsellor, Nevada November 2003

"I wish to repeat the play of the Gnaughty Gnome, which was carried out very successfully three years ago."

Primary School Rhyl 2005

"Hi Robert, Just thought you would like to know that 'The Gnaughty Gnome' play which you supplied went down a real treat just before Christmas"

Primary School Dorset

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 40 minutes

Cast: 25

Number of Songs: 5

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

The Action Man Song

"Hands up, I got you covered"

Scene sample

A play by Robert Smith

The Story of Joseph

My latest play was performed by Hartfield CE Primary school in July 2011.

It is a completely new and original version of the well-known and well-loved bible story. Written entirely in rhyme, it covers Joseph's problems with his eleven brothers, his dreams, his brothers' attempt to kill him and their further decision to sell him in to slavery and Joseph's fluctuating fortunes as Governor of Egypt. His final reconciliation with his brothers and his father brings the show to an end.

The school had only 12 pupils in their final year so other parts were handled by younger pupils who also formed a choir to sing the songs. There are nine songs, some of which could be sung as solos, all of which are bright and fresh and new.

It was a stunning success and I was privileged to help the performance.

Comments

"Thank you for a fantastic script, great songs and enthusiastic support. "

Class teacher St Mary the Virgin CE School, Hartfield, East Sussex July 2011

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: It lasts about 45 minutes

Cast: Minimum 15

Number of Songs: 9

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

Samples:

Nothing will keep us apart

The final, show-stopping number

The frist scene

Why do Joseph's brothers hate him so?


A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

Thomas Moon's Last Crime -

Victorian crime and punishment

This play was written for a class of 32 eleven year old children when the school at which I was working was holding a 'Victorian Day'. My class's contribution was on the theme of 'Law and Order' in Victorian society. Rather than produce a static display detailing the development of the police force, and crime and punishment, I decided to undertake some research about local villains and the justice they were dealt.

In the records of the Magistrates courts in the early 1800s, I found one name kept cropping up, one Edward Kenward esquire, who owned a large chicken farm, and many young men attempted to deprive him of a fowl or two. As the birds roosted in the trees overnight, anyone with a head for heights and sense of adventure could slip out after dark, shin up a tree and grab a supper. Many men tried it and many were caught, because Mr Kenward employed bailiffs to patrol the woods and capture any poachers

Thomas Moon and Henry Worley were two such vagabonds, and in 1837 they indeed were trapped, red-handed, Moon up the tree, Worley at the foot. Mr Worley immediately said "it's a fair cop guv" but Moon tried to make a run for it. He was unsuccessful, and they were charged and found guilty of stealing two chickens and six eggs, for which they were sentenced to deportation to Australia!

The play centres on these facts, but employs artistic licence to fill out the characters in this sad story. It has songs and lots of action and was very successful with the children who performed it, and with the audience.

Incidentally, there are still several Moons, Worleys and Kenwards in the town where we performed the play, and the present day Mr Kenward, when told this story, was very proud to show me a set of ancient handcuffs handed down from one of his forbears. With them was a book issued to magistrates detailing crimes and the appropriate punishments.

Comments

"We performed Thomas Moon's Last Crime last week and it was incredibly successful. The children enjoyed taking part and the parents enjoyed watching. We used 71 children so we padded out the pub scene and the last scene at the docks."

Hartburn Primary School NE England

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 40 minutes

Cast: 12 or more

Number of Songs: 6

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano Score

Samples:

A Rascals Song

Thomas gives a short summary of his life.

Scene sample

The first two scenes from Thomas Moon


A play by Robert Smith

Too Many Apples -

a modern morality play

Too Many Apples is a story set in modern times and is about a young girl from a wealthy family who meets and befriends a young homeless boy on the streets of a big city. There are many problems facing both children and the play deals with many modern issues - such as homelessness, troublesome youth, the difficulties of parenting, community policing and law and order Despite this, it is a moving and at times, very funny play which uses songs and a 'chorus' to describe the plot and comment on the characters' actions.

The play opens with Harry, the young homeless boy, on stage, singing his song.

Harry is living on the streets because of the actions of Rex, a businessman who foreclosed on a debt and reclaimed Harry's house.

Unfortunately a policeman sees this transaction and jumps to the conclusion that Harry is stealing the bracelet. He arrests Harry.

Harry makes an appearance in the magistrates' court. He does not hope to get a very fair hearing. In the nick of time, Celia finds out about what is happening and rushes to Harry's defence. Harry is released but the play ends with more questions than answers.

She also meets the Youth of Today and is very frightened.

Harry helps her escape and they start chatting.

Celia is horrified to hear of Harry's predicament and offers to help him. She doesn't know that her own father is the cause of Harry's problems and she gives Harry an expensive bracelet for him to sell to buy food.

Harry helps her escape and they start chatting.

She also meets the Youth of Today and is very frightened.

The play was written for years 5 and 6 (10 and 11year olds) pupils in an urban primary school. It was first performed in July 1998 and involves up to 30 children.

Comments

"Last year I purchased 'Too Many Apples' from you which was a great success."

Mrs C Lawson Lincolnshire 2007

Age Range: 9-11 years

Duration: 45 minutes

Cast: At least 20

Number of Songs: 8

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Harry's Song

Scenes 1 & 2 Sample

The play starts by introducing most of the characters