ALL PLAYS


The Coming of Spring

Commissioned by a pre-school playgroup in the USA, this is a simple but dramatic depiction of the change of seasons from Winter to Spring. Chances for costume, movement and simple lines plus two especially-composed songs make this a lovely seasonal package for very young children.

Age Range: Pre-school - 4 years

Duration: 20 minutes

Cast: about 20

Number of Songs: 2

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£5.00 Piano score

Samples:

Scene sample

Just in Time

Another adventure for Father Christmas. The preparations for Christmas have taken their toll on Father Christmas and he is worn out. He has had so many important jobs to do: - there were visits from all the major toymakers, anxious to show him their latest and best inventions, there were the undercover trips to department stores to see what was being sold this year, there were the training sessions for all the 'shop santas' to make sure they were up to scratch.

So Mrs Christmas insists he has some rest before setting off on his most important task of all - the Christmas Delivery. She is so determined he will not be disturbed, she decides to lock the door to his room. Unfortunately, she misplaces the key, and, when it is time for Father Christmas to set off, he is trapped in his room, fast asleep. Christmas is saved by a mouse and a moth who combine to wake Santa and get him out.

A charming story for young children to act out. Narrators carry the bulk of the story. Father and Mrs Christmas have plenty to remember, but the rest are all one or two liners, and there are loads of opportunities for dressing up and movement. With four original and easy to learn songs, this play is guaranteed to please audience and performers alike.

Comments

"Another play - another triumph! Everybody, and I mean everybody was impressed - and who wouldn't be by such a magnificent performance by a group of Pre-Primary students. For Father Christmas and Mary Christmas to learn so many words was a tremendous feat. And there were children who had to be talked into giving speaking parts and go and truly believed they couldn't do it. It was wonderful to see them blossom and deliver their lines with confidence and enjoyment. A good time was had by all! A grandparent who was in the audience and has worked in early childhood for many years said that she has seen dozens of Pre-Primary concerts and that ours was the best that she has ever seen. Keep writing your terrific plays so that we can keep performing them.".

Liz Moynan Karrinyup, Perth, Western Australia - December 2010

"Thank you so much for writing us yet another box office triumph, but also for all your help putting the show together - it has been great fun!"

Barcombe Primary School East Sussex

Age Range: 4-7 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Cast: at least 15

Number of Songs: 4

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£10.00 Piano score

Samples:

Scene sample

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

The Christmas That Nearly Wasn't

The play was written for an Infant department, (5, 6 and 7 year old children), in a rural primary school and can involve from as few as 15 to as many as 50 children.

The main action in the play is described by narrators and there are simple one or two line speaking parts for some characters, and many opportunities for non-speaking, moving and dancing parts for others.

The Christmas That Nearly Wasn't is a story about a rather grumpy Father Christmas who takes a lot of persuading to go out into the cold to deliver presents.

Song – What’s All this Fuss About Christmas

n fact, when the play starts, Father Christmas, and his wife, Mary, are on holiday on a tropical island, and the locals don't want him to go back to the north pole.

Song - Stay Here, Don't Go

When Father Christmas eventually returns to his home in the north, there is trouble. The elves are not happy!

Song - Why Should We Work

Mary Christmas talks them round, but the problems are not all over yet. The reindeer have had too good a summer.

Song - Too Fat to Fly

Eventually Father Christmas and his reindeer and elves set off. They have to walk at first because the reindeer are unfit for flight. They spend the first night in a forest, where it is rather frightening.

Song - Deep in the Dark Night

Father Christmas sees a small hut and inside he sees a family preparing for Christmas. The scene that he watches makes him realise how selfish he has been, and how important Christmas is. So, with renewed vigour, and reindeer that have recovered and can now fly, Father Christmas sets off, and Christmas is saved.

Song- I've Found the Meaning of Christmas

Comments

..we had 6 days to put it together before our dress rehearsal. Thanks to your easily learnt songs and children who would ad lib we did it.Our staff were fantastic and parent comments said it was one of our best. Was it just fate that made me choose this? I don't know but thanks for supplying us with a script that worked so well. We involved 180 infant school children, yes we did add a few snowflakes to accomodate them all -- we even had a few inspectors checking on Santa's workshop, they passed the inspection I'm glad to say!

C Beeby Churchhill Infant School Leicestershire 12 Jan 2006

Hi Robert, Today was our big day and the children - who are only 5 and 6 years old performed magnificently. They loved doing it and loved the songs. The applause from the parents was deafening and I know they thoroughly enjoyed the play. The mother of Mrs Christmas has said that she has been thrilled with the growth in confidence in her daughter since she has been involved in the play and she has been reading it to her as a bedtime story every night. Thanks for a great play.

Liz Moynan, Karrinyup, Western Australia December 2007

Robert, Absolutely brilliant . Thanks for your prompt attention. You will have made some anxious teachers very happy.

Sue 7 November 2006

"It was a huge success especially as we added a twist - the parents and workers at our pre-school performed it to the children of the village and it went down a storm. So much so that we are having to put another show on this year and your adaptation of Snow White sounds just the ticket."

Burghclere Pre-School Nursery Newbury

"Many thanks for sending me the script. It's perfect for my young drama group"

Shoutabout Theatre Co. Dorking, Surrey.

Age Range: 4-7 years

Duration: 35 minutes

Cast: at least 15

Number of Songs: 6

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Stay Here, Don't Go

song sample

Scene sample

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

A play by Robert Smith

The Special Gift

Bethlehem is crowded, all the inns and hotels are full. When Mary and Joseph call at an inn, the innkeeper's children, Jacob and Ruth, suggest the stable as a last resort. These two children then see the amazing events that follow - the visit of the shepherds, who describe angels telling them to find a new king - three foreign leaders who tell of following a star in the sky, which will take them to a king - and all these visitors are bringing presents for the new baby. Jacob and Ruth are despondent, they have no suitable gifts.... until they hit on a simple but deserving idea.

"THE SPECIAL GIFT" tells the story of Christmas through the eyes of a Roman Soldier who narrates, and the actions of the two children. It has four original, charming songs to illustrate the story, two major speaking parts (Jacob and Ruth), one part requiring a good reader (Roman Soldier) and smaller one line parts as well as opportunities for movement and dancing.

Age Range: 4 -7 years

Duration: 30 minutes

Cast: At least 10

Number of Songs: 4

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£15.00 Piano score

Samples:

Bethlehem wa a quiet City

song sample

Sample Scene

The Stable of Stone

The Stable of Stone is a re-telling of the traditional nativity story. Written by Geraldine Smith, recently retired Headteacher of St Joseph's Catholic Primary School in Brighton, it provides a beautifully simple framework which you can adapt or extend to suit your resources.

Narrators tell the story, and there are small speaking parts for a few characters, but opportunities for non-speaking acting, moving and dancing parts for others

The story starts with the Angel visiting Mary. The narrator then tells us how Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem to take part in the census.

Song - We're On Our Way to Bethlehem

Mary and Joseph's search for accommodation is described and then the action moves to the hillside where shepherds are guarding their sheep.

Song - 1,2,3,4,

Next we see the Wise Men travelling to find the new king.

Song - I am the King

Finally a tableau is built up as the shepherds then the kings, then the Innkeepers join Mary Joseph and the new born baby in the stable while the final song is performed.

Song- May We Come In?

Comments

"Robert, I just wanted you to know that the Christmas play was a full success. We had a fun time practising and it turned out really nice. If I ever need another play I will definitely look at yours first. The response from the congregation has been overwhelmingly positive. Thank you again and I wish you a very happy 2004"

Barbara Shober Wyoming, USA

Age Range: 4-7 years

Duration: 35 minutes

Cast: At least 15

Number of Songs: 4

Prices:

£9.99 Copy of the script

£4.99 CD of songs

£10.00 Piano score

Samples:

Song sample

I am the King of a wonderful land

Scene sample

A play by Robert Smith

The festival of Purim

Purim is a joyous festival which commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire from destruction and is recorded in the Old Testament in the book of Esther.

This play should be of interest to classes studying festivals of religions other than Christianity as well as to Jewish schools.

In 2013 the festival begins on the evening of Saturday 23rd February and ends on the evening of Sunday 24th February.

Comments

"I love how it all rhymes, really brilliant. Got your CD today, have just listened to the songs – fabulous - the song lyrics are fantastic - it's wonderful as I expected."

Anna Odisho November 2012

Age Range: 7-11 years

Duration: about 30 minutes

Cast: between 18 and 30

Number of Songs: 8

Prices:

£9.99 Script

£4.99 CD

£20.00 Piano score

Samples:

Esther's Plea - a song

Esther pleads with her husband to save her life and the life of all her people

The Script

A sample of the script

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)

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

A play by Robert Smith

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

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.

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

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

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



The Games - pharmaceutical athletics

In the future, athletics is big business for the pharmaceutical companies. They select the brightest and best young talent to put on their carefully controlled 'development programmes'.

Cody Williams is the fastest 1500 metre runner in Britain and the trials, to choose which runners are selected for the top pharmaceutical teams, is tomorrow. Cody's dad was UK champion in his time, and spearheads a campaign to make athletics 'clean'.

This play deals with issues that are prevalent in all sports. It seeks to engage students in discussions about the use of performing enhancement drugs and will be suitable for PHSE, English or P.E. classes.

Loads of points to discuss. Suitable for drama production or literacy and p.s.h.e at top end Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 (Not a musical play)

This play explores the problems surrounding athletics and doping. In the future, all the best athletes are on controlled development programmes devised by multi-national pharmaceutical companies. The Games examines the pressures and potential rewards facing a young athlete on the day of the 'Trials'.

Age Range: 11-15 years

Duration: ?

Cast: at least 10

Number of Songs: 0

Prices:

£9.99 copy of the script

Samples:

Scene sample

Cast List and Scene 1 sample

One and Eight a Day

This play, commissioned by Ringmer Community College, formed part of their 50th anniversary celebrations. Entitled 'One and Eight A Day' the play is set in 1830 and centres round events known as 'The Swing Riots' - uprisings in the south by labouring men, protesting against poor pay and working conditions.

Their main technique of revolt was to set fire to hayricks and barns and destroy threshing machines. Before such actions were undertaken, a letter would be sent to the farmer or landowner, demanding better wages and an end to threshing machines. Mayhem would ensue if these demands were not met. Such letters were signed 'Captain Swing' - supposedly after the action of men threshing the corn with their flails.

I have titled the play 'One and Eight A Day' as this is the daily rate which labourers in Ringmer in East Sussex were paid and about which they were incensed. They demanded 2/6 a day. Some historians believe this dissatisfaction with their pay to be the underlying and main reason for all the revolts.

My play starts in Jamaica. A private in the army is accused and found guilty of cowardice. He is flogged and drummed out of the regiment. He vows revenge on the sergeant he believes is responsible for his punishment.

Once the sergeant has left the army, he goes back to Sussex to find work on the land. There he is followed by Private Ford who sets about plotting Sergeant Wells's downfall.

Towards the end of the play, Mr Wells has been 'set up' and accused of intended arson. The song 'Send Him Down' deals with the whole court scene in one go. As each accuser levels his charge against our hero, he responds by pleading his innocence.

In Sussex alone, 9 men were sentenced to death, and over three hundred sentenced to deportation following the 'Swing Riots', yet this violent and fairly recent part of our history is not widely known. The play received its premiere on 9th July 2008.

Age Range: 15-16 years

Duration: Approx 90 minutes

Cast: 30+

Number of Songs: 7

Prices:

Please enquire Copy of the script

Please enquire CD of songs

Please enquire Piano score

Samples:

Send him Down (mp3) The Court Scene