Primary school

by Peter Griffith

 

The eccentric aristocrat Lady Bigmouth is touring Germany, visiting primary schools. With her is her long-suffering Butler Baxtiff, who has to do everything that Lady Bigmouth says. Also with her is Buckingham, Lady Bigmouth's pet guinea-pig. Lady Bigmouth's visit guarantees an hour of fun for audiences in the 1st and 2nd school-years – what happens when Buckingham escapes among the children? – and how does poor Baxtiff deal with the demands of his employer that he should find fresh food for the adventurous guinea-pig, or milk an angry cow to provide her with a glass of milk?

 

The play is written in extremely simple English, and is presented very visually so that even 6- and 7-year-old children in their first years of learning English can enjoy the slapstick humour. During the play the children have a chance to practise words that they will have been learning in their lessons – the colours, the numbers, the parts of the body, the clothing, opposite adjectives, etc.

 

 

Photos of 'Buckingham'

 

Extract from the script 'Buckingham'

Lady B: This is Baxtiff. He is my butler.
Baxtiff: My lady?
Lady B: You are my butler.
Baxtiff: Yes, my lady.
Lady B: Baxtiff helps me. He must do what I say! Baxtiff!
Baxtiff: Yes, my lady?
Lady B: You must do what I say.
Baxtiff: Yes, my lady.
Lady B: What must you do Baxtiff?
Baxtiff: I must do what you say, my lady.
Lady B: That's right. Baxtiff!
Baxtiff: Yes, my lady?
Lady B: Turn round.
Baxtiff: Yes, my lady. (Baxtiff turns round)
Lady B: You see? Baxtiff does everything that I say.

by Peter Griffith

 

The story of Dick Whittington is one of England's best-loved folk-tales. The young Dick arrives in London, with nothing to eat and no money. His only friend is his cat... but the cat helps Dick to become the richest man in London.

 

Dick Whittington is a lively and exciting play with a wealth of comic characters – a positive experience for primary-school pupils who are beginning to learn English. The play makes use of vocabulary that will be familiar to pupils in the 3rd and 4th school-years colours, food, animals, household items, etc.


 

Photos of 'Dick Whittington'

 

 

Extract from the script 'Dick Whittington'

Mrs R: So, you are the new kitchen-boy, are you? What is your name?
Dick: My name is Dick.
Mrs R: Well, I am Mrs Rednoze. I am the cook, and you must do what I say. What must you do?
Dick: I must do what you say, Mrs Rednoze.
Mrs R: That’s right. I don’t like lazy boys. Are you lazy?
Dick: No Mrs Rednoze.
Mrs R: Yes you are. You are a lazy little beggar-boy. What are you?
Dick: I am Dick.
Mrs R: No, you are a lazy little beggar-boy. Say it. What are you?
Dick: I am a...
Mrs R: Go on.
Dick: Lazy...
Mrs R: Yes?
Dick: Little...
Mrs R: Go on.
Dick: Beggar-boy.
Mrs R: That’s right. That’s what you are. A lazy little beggar-boy. And what do I do with lazy little beggar-boys?
Dick: I don’t know, Mrs Rednoze.
Mrs R: Mrs R: I beat them. Like this. (Mrs Rednoze hits Dick with the rolling-pin)
Dick: Ow!!!

by Peter Griffith

 

Monica has been sent into the garden to play. The garden is boring - no computer, no tablet, no mobile phone. But then Monica hears a strange noise - and Goggie appears!

 

Goggie takes Monica to the moon - to the bottom of the sea - to Africa - to the north pole. This highly entertaining play helps children to learn English; and shows them that if you use your imagination, you can fly anywhere you like...

 

 

Photos of 'Googgie'

 

Extract from the script 'Goggie'

 Monica: (a stick emerges from the crate and pokes Monica) Ow! What is that? Is there something behind this box? (Monica explores behind the box) No. There is nothing there. (Monica sits again. A hand comes out of the box and taps her on the shoulder) Hey! What is that? Is there something inside this box? Is there?
 Audience: Audience: Yes.
 Monica: (The knocking and answering is repeated a few times) What can it be? What do you think it is? (Monica takes a stick and uses it as a gun) All right, I know you are in there. Come out... with your hands up! (a white flag comes out of the crate and waves) It looks friendly. Ah... here is the lid. I open the lid – and what do I see? (Monica opens the lid. Goggie enters from the box)
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