Elementary level

by Peter Griffith


The terrifying Lord Morbus wants to take over Underearth and fill it with horrible man-eating woks! Only a truly good person can stop the evil Lord. So the shy village girl Gala is chosen to save the world. Armed with nothing but a mirror and a daisy-chain, Gala sets off on a dangerous journey over mountains and rivers, through tunnels and swamps – until she finally comes face to face with Lord Morbus…

Will Gala find a way to defeat the dreaded enemy before she is eaten? And which of her two travelling-companions can she trust? And how can she hope to save the world, when she is so shy?



Photos of 'The Dark Lord and the White Witch'



Extract from the script 'The Dark Lord and the White Witch'

Morbus: Gala my dear, you're so silly. Do you really think you can defeat Lord Morbus, the lord of darkness, the creator of the woks, the ruler of death, the kind of Underearth?
Gala: I don't know. But I can try.
Morbus: I am the most powerful person in Underearth! No-one can defeat me. No-one can stop me from being the king of Underearth.
Gala: What can I do?
Morbus: What can you do? What can you do? Let's see what you can do. You can amuse me a bit before you die. Wok! Come here!
Wok: Wok wok wok kark wok wok
Morbus: He's sweet, isn't he? And what woks like to do most is...eat people! Wok – come here. I've got something nice and juicy for you.
Wok: Wok wok lekker lekker lekker wok lekker wok wok
Morbus: Gala, my dear, I would like to invite you to a little dinner party. Not one where you eat, but one where you are eaten...

by Peter Griffith


Robbie’s father has left the family. All that remains of him is the empty chair – a constant reminder of his absence. Robbie’s mother does her best to look after Robbie, but life is difficult. Then one day a stranger appears. Where has he come from? – is he an alien from outer space? Robbie’s mother is delighted and soon the stranger is living as part of the family. But Robbie remains mistrustful. It takes a whole year of incidents and adventures in the family before Robbie begins to trust the new man in her mother's life. And even then, will Jared ever be able to fill the empty chair?


This moving play examines the stresses and emotions in a single-parent family, and traces with deep sensitivity the gradual development of the relationship between a child and her mother’s new partner.


Photos of 'The Empty Chair'

Season 19/20

Formers productions



Extract from the script 'The Empty Chair'

Jared: Oh come along, Robbie. You must do your homework. Now come over here.
Robbie: You can’t tell me what to do! You’re not my father!!!
Jared: Well no, I’m not your father. I know that. Of course I’m not your father. But your father’s…not here…at the moment…Is he?
Robbie: My father's coming back.
Jared: Good. I’m glad he’s coming back…
Robbie: I’m waiting for him.
Jared: Yes. But while he’s away – I’m here. Because I think your mother wants me to be here. And…I hope…that you like me to be here too. No-one can take your father’s place. But I can try to help you and your mother. To help you in the house – and to help you to be a bit happier, sometimes.
Robbie: But you don’t belong here, do you?
Jared: Well, as you know, I come from a very long way away. But perhaps I can try to belong here…just a little bit. Perhaps I can be your friend.
Robbie: Not if you make me do my homework…

by Peter Griffith


The guests are all assembled for the party in Swigwell Castleand – then Lady Swigwell discovers that someone has stolen her diamond necklace! Lady Swigwell and her butler Speaking begin to search the guests – every audience member is a possibe suspect! And then a terrible cry is heard: Someone has murdered Lord Swigwell! Only one person can solve these terrible crimes: Smellsock Fomes, the greatest detective in the world. Mr. Fomes arrives by helicopter and sets to work – with the audience’s help – to unravel the mystery.


This criminal melodrama pokes fun at popular crime stories and at British social costums. Is the butler as guilty as he looks? And is Lady Swigwell as innocent as she seems? And what are Smellsock Fomes’s real motives in coming to Swigwell Castle?


Photos of 'The Great Detective'



Extract from the script 'The Great Detective'

Speeking: My lady, Mr. Fomes, I can tell you what the murderer looks like.
Fomes: But you are the murderer.
Speeking: No I’m not.
Fomes: Oh yes you are.
Lady S: Be quiet. Speeking, speak.
Speeking: My lady, the murderer is…(Speeking falls to the ground)
Fomes: He’s dead. Poison. This means…Speeking isn’t the murderer. The murderer must be…someone else!
Lady S: Yes. Who?
Fomes: We must find out what the murderer looks like. And only Speeking can tell us.
Lady S: But Speeking is dead.
Fomes: Yes. That is a problem.