Intermediate

by Peter Griffith

 

Tommy loves Wendy – but Wendy only has eyes for Tommy’s sensitive friend Grant. So Tommy plans a mean trick, to try to separate Grant and Wendy. The trick works only too well, and soon the situation is out of control. Tommy, Grant, Wendy and her friend Ellie find that they are out of their depth in emotions that they can barely understand…

 

Salt and Vinegar is a play about first love – and first jealousy. The accompanying Teachers’ Pack gives lesson-plans, exercises for preparatory and follow-up work, and suggestions for discussion about relationships, and about the importance of friendship.

 

 

Photos of 'Salt and Vinegar'

Season 19/20

Formers productions

 

 

Extract from the script 'Salt and Vinegar'

Tommy: I think I know Grant better than you do. He can’t handle it when a relationship gets too…close. It was the same with the girlfriend he had back at home two month ago –
Wendy: What? He had another girlfriend?
Tommy: Oh, didn’t he tell you? Oh god, I shouldn’t have said anything. I’m sure it was nothing. Forget I mentioned her.
Wendy: He had another girlfriend back home?
Tommy: I promised him I wouldn’t tell you. I’m sorry. I shouldnt have said anything about her.
Wendy: The bastard!
Tommy: Yeah, he’s treated you really badly, hasn’t he? You trusted him, didn’t you?
Wendy: That’s right, I trusted him.
Tommy: Look Wendy, I’m here for you. Forget Grant. I’ll look after you.

by Peter Griffith

 

Tony doesn’t want to go to school. Every day his life is made miserable by Jim Jarvis and his gang, who attack Tony, steal his lunch-money, punch him and spit on him…on her first day in her new school, Ruth meets Lauren, who calls her 'Fatty'. The other girls laugh at this, and Ruth never has a chance to make friends. The girls spoil her homework and make fun of her in class. The teacher is no help at all. Eventually Ruth can stand it stand it no longer, and she runs away from the school…

 

This hard-hitting play looks at the phenomenon of bullying in schools. It shows the misery and despair of the victims. It also allows the aggressors to speak – why do they do it? And most of all it concentrates on the role of the watchers – those fellow-pupils who see what is happening, and haven’t got the courage to try to stop it. If the victim seeks adult help, it often makes the bullying worse. Only the watchers have the power, by withdrawing their support from the bullies, to give the victims a chance.

 

 

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Extract from the script 'Sticks and Stones'

Victims: all alone
no-one to talk to
on our own
we suffer in silence
Try not to cry
Try not to show our pain
Hoping they won’t do it again

Can’t tell our parents
They wouldn’t understand
Can’t tell the teachers
They’d only make it worse
Can’t tell our friends
What friends?
The others are all on the side of the bullies
Watching our misery, watching our pain

by Peter Griffith

 

Sally wants to be as beautiful as the models in advertisements in magazines – Simon wants to be as confident as the men in soap-operas – and Phil wants to be as clever as the TV scientists. All three are in despair!
But then in a dream-sequence the three of them are transported into a television-world in which their wishes are granted. They find themselves in the clinic-soap-opera 'Love in White Coats'. Sally becomes Nurse Sally Shapeley, the most beautiful nurse in the hospital. Simon becomes Dr. Simon Hunkwell, the romantic leading male. And Phil becomes Sir Philip Forceps-Prat, the most brilliant surgeon in the world.
A patient is brought into the hospital – it’s a matter of life and death! But then the dream quickly turns into a nightmare. Do the three teenagers really want to live in this superficial plastic world?

 

Success Story is a light-hearted comedy about identity, the influence of the media on young people’s ideas and ambitions.



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Extract from the script 'Success Story'

Phil: Girls are like buses – if you miss one, another one will come along soon. Here, I’ll choose one for you. Take that one there.
Simon: But that’s a boy!
Phil: No not him, you idiot. The one behind him.
Simon: I couldn’t.
Phil: Oh come on Simon, pull yourself together. Now begin by looking cool.
Simon: Like this?
Phil: Ye-…er, no, not quite like that. Let’s sort your clothes out a bit. That’s better. Now, relax. Think cool. Walk cool. Now walk slowly towards her. Right. And now look her straight in the eyes and say “Hello gorgeous!”
Simon: Hello gorgeous!
Phil: Well done!
Simon: But she laughed at me! It’s no good. I haven’t got what you’ve got. She laughed at me! They all laughed at me!
Phil: That’s a good sign. They like a man with a bit of humour…