Primary school

by Peter Griffith, adapted from The Tinderbox by Hans Christian Andersen 

 

The Princess and the Soldier is an exciting fairy tale about a brave soldier, Myles, who finds his fortune by means of a magical tinderbox. Based on the famous fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen,  The Princess and the Soldier is an exciting adventure, presented in a violent-free stage adaptation. Each time the soldier strikes the tinderbox, a huge dog comes to his rescue. Will he defeat the stupid, mindless king and the annoying servant, Mrs Drainbottle? Will Miles find the beautiful princess and marry her? 

 

Photos of 'The Princess and the Soldier'

Extract from the script 'The Princess and the Soldier'

Lipneck:

You see this tree?

Miles:

This tree here?

Lipneck:

That’s right. 

Miles:

Well yes, I can see it.

Lipneck:

Inside this tree is a pile of gold.

Miles:

A pile of gold? Inside this tree? 

Lipneck:

That’s right. A pile of gold. But I am old. I cannot climb into trees any more. I need a nice young man to climb into the tree, and fetch some of the gold for me. 

Miles:

I fetch some gold from inside the tree? 

Lipneck:

Yes, and then I give you as much gold as you can carry. 

Miles:

As much gold as I can carry. That sounds good. All right. Let’s go. 

 

(Miles starts to climb into the hollow tree) 

Lipneck:

Wait! Not so fast!

Miles:

Not so fast?

Lipneck:

Not so fast. Take this rope with you.

Miles:

Rope?

Lipneck:

Yes, rope. Then I can pull you out of the tree. 

Miles:

Oh, I see, right. I take the rope with me, and you use the rope to pull me out of the tree. 

Lipneck:

That’s right.

Miles:

All right, let’s go.

by Peter Griffith

 

Susie Squirrel lives with her mother. Susie wants to go out and play, but her mother makes her help with the housework. However, instead of helping her mother, Susie runs away to play in the wood. Then she meets a fine gentleman – Mr. Fox. At first he seems to be friendly. But is he really a friend of Susie's mother, as he tells Susie?

 

Susie Squirrel is an entertaining play which is easily understandable for children that speak very little English. During the play, children can learn and repeat words for e.g. numbers and colours in a playful way.



 

Photos of 'The Tale of Susie Squirrel'

 

 

Extract from the script 'The Tale of Susie Squirrel'

Fox: Hello little girl.
Susie: Oh, hello. Who are you?
Fox: I am Ferdinand Fitzwallaby Fox. And who are you?
Susie: I'm Susie Squirrel.
Fox: I'm very pleased to meet you, Susie Squirrel. And where do you live?
Susie: I live in a nest, over there.
Fox: Do you? And why are you alone in the wood?
Susie: I'm...just playing, sir.
Fox: Just playing? How nice. Do you want a sweet?
Susie: That's very kind of you, sir. But my mother says: Do not take sweets from strange men.
Fox: Your mother is right, Susie Squirrel. Do not take sweets from strange men. But I am not strange. Look at me, Susie. I am not strange, am I?
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