Primary school

by Peter Griffith

 

Jack and his mother have no money, and no food. Then Jack climbs up a magic bean-stalk and finds himself in another land, above the clouds. Jack finds enough gold to help his family out of their poverty – but the gold is in the power of a terrible giant who eats children!

 

Jack and the Beanstalk is one of England's best-loved folk-tales. This dramatisation in extremely simple English makes specific use of the vocabulary available to pupils in the third and fourth school-years.

 

 

Photos of 'Jack and the Beanstalk'

 

 

Extract from the script 'Jack and the Beanstalk'

Jack: This is our cow. Her name is Buttercup. Come along Buttercup. (Jack enters with a cow)
Mother: Ah, good morning Buttercup. Now Buttercup, have you got some milk for us today? (the cow shakes its head)
Cow: Moo!
Mother: Oh dear, the cow has no milk for us.
Jack: Are you hungry, Buttercup? (the cow nods) I am hungry, and my mother is hungry, and the cow is hungry. What can we do?
Mother: We must sell something.
Jack: Can we sell this spoon?...Can we sell this bowl?...Can we sell this table?...Can we sell this chair?
Mother/Audience: No.
Jack: There is nothing else here!
Mother: We must sell... the cow.
Jack: Sell the cow? Sell Buttercup?
Mother: Yes, we must sell the cow. Jack, take Buttercup to the market, and sell her!

by Peter Griffith

 

Lizzie falls asleep while reading her favourite book – a book about pirates! Suddenly her bed turns into a pirate ship, and the villainous Captain Porridge is leading her on a wild quest to the southern seas...

 

As well as providing an entertaining adventure, the play helps pupils to practice vocabulary that they meet in their first four years of learning English – colours, body parts, clothing, numbers, animals, directions, weather; and makes specific use of themes that are included in current text-books – the pirate ship, the haunted castle, feelings, food, and simple actions.

 

 

Photos of 'Lizzie and the Pirate'

 

 

Extract from the script 'Lizzie and the Pirate'

Lizzie: I'm hungry. We must make something to eat.
Porridge: I am hungry too. Black-eyed Bess!
Lizzie: Yes Captain?
Porridge: Make us something to eat.
Lizzie: But...I don't know how to cook!
Porridge: You don't know how to cook?
Lizzie: That is right. I don't know how to cook. Can you cook?
Porridge: No. I don't know how to cook.
Lizzie: Can you make us a pizza?
Porridge: No. I can't make a pizza. Can you make us fish and chips.
Lizzie: No, I can't make fish and chips. Can you make sausages and beans?
Porridge: No, I can't make sausages and beans. Can you make a chocolate cake?
Lizzie: No, I can't make a chocolate cake. I can only make one thing.
Porridge: And what is that?
Lizzie: Strawberry-and-banana-milkshake.

by Peter Griffith

 

Adam and his Captain Eve fly in their spaceship to look at the blue planet, which they can see through their telescope. On their way, they visit a red planet where monsters live. After their escape, Eve and Adam land on a green planet where they meet a giant rabbit, but Adam is rude to the rabbit and the two have to leave again. After Adam and Eve have landed on the blue planet, Adam sends the spaceship away – now they have to stay on the blue planet forever. What will they find there?

 

Even children that understand only very little English can easily follow this funny adventure play. During the performance, the children can learn and repeat words for e.g. colours and in a playful way.

 

 

Photos of 'Lost In Space'

 

 

Extract from the script 'Lost In Space'

Eve: Listen. First, you test the air.
Adam: First I test the air.
Eve: Then you open the door.
Adam: Then I open the door.
Eve: Then you climb out.
Adam: Then I climb out.
Eve: Do you understand everything?
Adam: Yes Captain. First I test the door, then I climb the air, then I open out.
Eve: Adam...
Adam: Yes Captain?
Eve: You're an idiot.
Adam: I know Captain. Can I test the air now?
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