Plays written for performance in school

Shakespeare and Love...

This was devised using three Shakespeare plays: Romeo and Juliet, Twelfth Night and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.  It focuses on the love stories.  Shakespeare’s language was used but cut down to keep the main themes clear and to make the content manageable for young actors. The different times, locations and stories are bound together by the character of Puck.  Most of his speeches had to be invented in order to realise his new role.  This was done in modern English, but in such a way as to preserve an overall sense of style  and period.  It provides a really enjoyable introduction to Shakespeare’s world, to the comic and to the tragic elements within it and to themes which appear again and again in other plays.

The  script is available to hire.  It can be photocopied  and there will be no performance rights to pay.  Copyright, however, must be respected.  


Wonderful Things

Home, after visiting  the  site of an Ancient Egyptian port Susie, nine, has nightmares in which she speaks the ancient language. Her sister, bored, unmotivated Sophie, thirteen, whose journey we follow, has been dragged to Egypt  by her archaeologist parents to get inspired.  Her friend, imaginative Carmina  joins her. Immediately,  conflict  arises between Sophie’s scientifically minded father and ‘fanciful’ Carmina.  Worse still, their Egyptian guide, Yusef,  is a dreamer, who says he can feel  his people beneath his feet - but can the past rise up? Impossibly, one night Susie hears the sea, which could only be the ancient sea, the coastline having changed.  Ancient people march through their hotel terrifying the girls. Susie disappears. 

This play was performed by children at Riddlesworth Hall Preparatory School, Diss, Norfolk.

The  script is available to hire.  It can be photocopied  and there will be no performance rights to pay.  Copyright, however, must be respected. 


Moneybags

This is a full length script for Musical Theatre. It is based on a Roman play by Plautus called ‘Pot of Gold, the same play that Moliere turned to for his play L’Avare (The Miser). John's play gives the idea a modern twist. It has a miser, of course, who pretends he is poor. There are his four girls, adopted by his wife before she left him holding the babies so to speak.  There is frustrated young love and plots to change this situation. The play also involves a footballer and his sons, party girls, computer Geeks and some dancing chefs.   All ends happily, but there is much to overcome before this can happen.

This play is not yet available for hire.