A Fairy Affair
FOR BEGINNERS AND LOWER LEVEL STUDENTS
SUITABLE FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL LEARNERS
FROM 6 TO 12 YEARS OLD
It is the Birthday of the young, mischievous fairy Penny. She is feeling grown up and has become more and more curious of the world outside her home. She wants to find new friends and have fantastic adventures. With a bag full of magic and a thirst for fun she wanders a bit too far away and becomes lost. Determined to be brave she begins to explore the world around her. In this comic adventure we follow Penny as she meets bizarre characters, makes new friends and comes up against greedy enemies.
What new magic will she learn? Who is friend? Who is foe? Will she ever get back home?
Curiosity, adventure, greed, betrayal, magic, friendship and birdwatching; these are the essential elements that make up this modern fairy tale.
Just Another (Hollywood
FOR LOWER LEVEL STUDENTS
SUITABLE FOR OLDER PRIMARY AND YOUNGER SECONDARY LEARNERS
FROM 10 TO 14 YEARS OLD
J. A. B. is a comic play within a comic play. Very loosely based on three classic stories from British Literature: Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde; Frankenstein and Dracula, J. A. B. is given the full ETC treatment when a small, deservedly unsuccessful, charmingly inept film company is mistakenly given the job of preparing the script for next summer’s biggest Hollywood epic.
J.A.B. includes a full range of Hollywood heroes that are ever so slightly wrong. J.A.B. looks at classic literature, is a spoof of the Hollywood blockbuster and also considers the nature of writing itself and all this in our established ETC comedy style.
FOR INTERMEDIATE AND HIGHER
SUITABLE FOR SECONDARY AND
HIGH SCHOOL LEARNERS
FROM 13 TO 18 YEARS OLD
William B is the story of Will, a schoolboy who is average in everything except his imagination. Will feels either bored or threatened. He is bored at school and bullied, bored at home and nagged. Will’s only escape is in his fantasies where he imagines he is a star, a lone romantic hero, a brave courageous ‘modern-day knight’ who will conquer the heart of Beth, the new girl in town.
The problem is that Will is just as capable of dreaming himself into trouble as out of it.
William B is loosely based on ‘Billy Liar’ by Keith Waterhouse and is a play full of comedy, music and drama.
FOR HIGHER INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED STUDENTS
SUITABLE FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND ADULT LEARNERS
FROM 15 TO 18 YEARS OLD
This is a complete rewriting of Halcyon Days following our London theatre run. It is a play about Shakespeare, acting, crime, punishment, philosophy and fish.
A young woman, Rosalind, comes across Shakespeare’s diary and by some freak occurrence falls into the book and reappears in Tudor England on the stage at The Globe on a crucial day for Shakespeare when he and his actors are planning to rehearse for an audition for Queen Elizabeth I.
Halcyon Days is a dynamic, highly involving, comic ETC play in our home style together with many of the most famous passages from Shakespeare put together in an accessible, humorous and original way.
About the plays
The plays are prepared to last approximately 50 minutes to one hour. The exact running time depends upon the audience. As we involve them directly in our plays their contribution obviously affects the final length of the performance.
We perform during school time and we can perform in all kinds of venues – from state of the art theatres to school canteens and gymnasiums. Our plays are designed to be adaptable to any venue. All we require is an acting area in a space that is adequate to the size of the audience where they can be seated comfortably and see and hear the actors.
Each play comes with its own comprehensive Play Pack with full activities for classroom use; for both before and after the performance with clear suggestions for use.
What Play to choose?
Below are the prime ages at which our plays are targeted. Each play can be performed differently according to the age and level of the audience. For example a performance of A Fairy Affair for 6 and 7 year olds is not the same as a performance for 11 and 12 year olds. This is the same for the other plays. We adapt the script and the performance to cater to our public.
A Fairy Affair 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 years
J.A.B. 10 11 12 13 14 years
William B 13 14 15 16 17 18 years
Halcyon Days 15 16 17 18 years
For Adults: We recommend a modified version of William B, or Halcyon Days depending on the level of English of the audience.