Elementary level

by Peter Griffith

 

Captain Eve Everbrave and Lieutenant Adam Action set off in the spaceship 'Starfinder' to explore the universe. On the red planet they find dangerous monsters…on the green planet they find a talking rabbit…but what will they discover when they reach the blue planet?

 

This charming and light-hearted play follows the two astronauts through a series of adventures, during which the relationship between Captain Everbrave and her intellectually challenged assistant gradually becomes the central issue of the action.

 

 

Extract from the script 'The New Blue Planet'

Adam: Captain! Captain!
Captain: Yes Adam?
Adam: There’s a big animal behind there!
Captain: What is it?
Adam: I don’t know. But it’s very big.
Captain: Do you think it’s dangerous?
Adam: I think so. Very dangerous. Come with me and look. There it is. What do you think, Captain?
Captain: I think it’s a rabbit.
Adam: It’s a very big rabbit.
Captain: But I don’t think it looks dangerous.
Adam: You never can be sure. We must be careful.
Captain: Look – it’s looking at us. (the rabbit hops forward and offers the captain it's paw) Er…how do you do?

by Peter Griffith

 

Luke and Megan are neighbours. They both belong to single-parent families, and they are both in the same class at school. But they never speak to each other, because they are thirteen years old, and one is a boy and the other is a girl.
But then Luke’s father and Megan’s mother fall in love, and Luke and Megan are afraid that their parents will want to live together – and that they will want their two children to become brother and sister! So they make plans to try to stop their parents’ relationship. Soon the two adults discover that every time they begin a romantic evening together, the most unexpected things happen!

 

The Slug in the Shoe is a comedy about the way boys and girls see each other. It combines strong visual humour with a sensitive approach to the problems of single-parent families and the problems of growing up.
 

 

Photos of 'The Slug in the Shoe'

 

 

Extract from the script 'The Slug in the Shoe'

Luke: Your mum is in our flat – with my dad.
Megan: And? What are they doing, then?
Luke: It.
Megan: It? What?
Luke: You know. Looking into each other’s eyes. Saying how wonderful it is that they met. Soon they are going to be kissing. And after that, who knows what is going to happen?
Megan: Ugh. It’s disgusting. Your dad has no right to do that to my mum. He’s got no right to touch her.
Luke: It’s not my dad’s fault. What can he do, when your mum comes in with a bottle of wine and makes big eyes at him?
Megan: Shut up! My mum doesn’t do things like that!
Luke: Look, I watched them. She’s doing it now. We must stop them. Think about it: soon they are going to want to live together.
Megan: Live together? But what about us?
Luke: Exactly. Our parents want to live together, and that means they are going to want us to live together too.
Megan: Ugh! I am not going to live with you! What can we do?

by Peter Griffith

 

Robin loves Jenny, and Jenny loves Robin. But then Robin is kidnapped by the horrible pirate Black Nick Sharkmuck, who wants to make Robin a pirate on his pirate ship; and Jenny must set off round the world to rescue him.

 

Will Jenny manage to find Robin? Will she manage to defeat Black Nick? Does Robin really want to be rescued or is he enjoying being a pirate? And is anyone in the audience safe, when the pirates are looking for people to rob?



 

Photos of 'The Tiger of the Seas'

 

 

Extract from the script 'The Tiger of the Seas'

Black Nick: I’m Black Nick Sharkmuck, the Tiger of the Seas!
I never wash my hair, and my feet smell of cheese.
In everything I do I am very very wicked.
I hate the royal family and I don’t play cricket!
Hardboiled Harry: He's Black Nick Sharkmuck, the Tiger of the Seas!
He never says thank-you and he never says please!
In everything he does he is very very wicked.
When he goes on a train he doesn’t buy a ticket.