Primary school

by Peter Griffith

 

Spot the dog likes eating chocolate, and he likes playing with children. But his owner Hilary doesn't know that he can also talk!

 

This charming play introduces small children to simple English – the children practise their language skills as they order Spot to perform his tricks. And then the audience gets caught up in the story as the lovable dog steals some chocolate from one of the teachers!

 

 

Photos of 'Spot the Dog'

 

 

Extract from the script 'Spot the Dog'

Hilary: Spot, do what I say. Come here.
Spot: Woofwoofwoofwoofwoof.
Hilary: Oh dear, Spot isn’t coming. Silly old Spot.
Spot: Woof.
Hilary: I know. Look Spot. Here is a biscuit.
Spot: MMMmmmm! (Spot comes to Hilary)
Hilary: Now, Spot, sit. Sit!!!
Spot: Hmmmh?
Hilary: Oh, he is not sitting. Spot, sit.
Spot: Hmmh?
Hilary: We must all say it together. I count to 3, and you say “sit”. Are you ready? 1-2-3-
Audience: Sit!
Hilary: Oh dear, he is still not sitting. Can you say it louder? Ready? 1-2-3-
Audience: SIT!!!! (Spot sits)

by Peter Griffith

 

Princess Caramella has lost her crown. The faithful knight Sir Gabalot offers to help her. Together they climb a mountain, they cross a river, they feed a dragon... and then they meet Taradiddle, the King of Thieves, and the princess must use her wits to trick him into giving back the stolen crown.

 

As well as providing an entertaining adventure, the play helps pupils to practice vocabulary that they meet in their first two years of learning English – colours, body parts, clothing, numbers up to ten, animals, directions, and weather.

 

 

Photos of 'Taradiddle'

 

 

Extract from the script 'Taradiddle'

 (we hear the sound of a storm)

Caramella: Are we near the top?
Gabalot: Yes, we are near the top now.
Caramella: It is cold up here.
Gabalot: Yes it is very cold here. Not warm.
Caramella: And not hot.
Gabalot: Right. Cold.
  (we hear the sound of wind)
Caramella: And it is very windy up here.
Gabalot: Yes, very windy.
Caramella: And it is cloudy.
Gabalot: Yes, there are lots of clouds. Dark grey clouds. It is cloudy.
  (we hear the sound of rain)
Caramella: And now it is raining.
Gabalot: Yes, it is raining.
Caramella: And now it is snowing.
Gabalot: Yes, snow is falling. It is very snowy. Everything is white.
Caramella: It is stormy.
Gabalot: Yes, it is stormy. We are in a snow-storm. Look at the white snowflakes.

by Peter Griffith

Prince Ivan and Princess Zarevna have been imprisoned by a wicked magician. Their only hope is a magic feather, given to Prince Ivan by a beautiful and mysterious bird.
Can the firebird destroy the glass walls that surround the young couple... without awakening the magician?

This delightful dramatisation of a Russian folk-tale is suitable for pupils in their third and fourth years of learning English - an exciting story, involving music, dance, and audience participation.

Photos of 'The Firebird'

Extract from the script 'The Firebird'

Ivan: This is amazing. I've got a bird that can fly, and sing, and talk!
Firebird: Ivan, please let me out.
Ivan: What?
Firebird: Please let me out. It is horrible being in a cage.
Ivan: But if I let you out, I won't have my wonderful bird any more.
Firebird: Ivan, I am a magic bird.
Ivan: You are a magic bird?
Firebird: Yes, If you let me go free, I can help you.
Ivan: How can you help me?
Firebird: I can help you... in lots of ways. Look – if you let me go free, I can give you one of my feathers.
Ivan: You can give me one of your feathers? What good is that?
Firebird: If you are in danger... and you wave one of my feathers... I will come to help you.
Ivan: You mean, I help you, and you help me.
Firebird: Yes. But first you must let me out of this cage.
Ivan: Well... All right.
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