Great Britain Assembly or Class PlayThis play was written in celebration of Great Britain as a country - its culture and its people. It combines coverage of serious achievements, past and present, with a humorous look at Britain’s heritage. Narrated by Queen Elizabeth I (with a little help from her number II, 4 centuries on!) this play aims to present as comprehensive a picture as possible of what it is to be British - quirks and all! Sue Russell has included mention of at least 35 Great Britons in order to capture just a little of Britain’s national character. This play on Great Britain (found in All Things British collection in www.plays-r-ussell.com) is one of a set Sue Russell has written on different countries (England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Australia, France, Spain, Malta, India and Africa).Cast Size – 30 (easily adaptable up or down)Duration: 20 – 30 minutes ExtractElizabeth 1: I take it back! Who are this rowdy lot?Shakespeare: It's something called Football, m'lady. A strange national pastime, and for some, total obsession! Who would have thought kicking a ball around a rectangular strip of grass could inspire such passion!Drake: Far livelier than bowls, that's for sure!Shakespeare: And there's no way a game of football could be interrupted..Elizabeth I: (Incredulously) Not even if your country was being invaded?(Referee chasing two footballers, blowing his whistle)Shakespeare: Probably not! Nobody would dare to stand in the path of(Each fan steps forward, waving team scarf)Man. Utd fan: Manchester United!Chelsea fan: Chelsea!(Exit)(Another referee runs past, chasing two rugby players)Elizabeth I: Hey! Wait a minute! The ball changed shape!Shakespeare: That's because they're playing rugby, m'lady!Elizabeth I: Rugby?Drake: Another popular sport. Though let's not forget ...(Cricketer, clad in ‘whites' steps forward, only to be jostled by the rugby players, running past again)Cricketer: (Indignantly) Hey, I say!Rugby player: Get outta the way!Cricketer: (Exploding) Well, of all the .... That's simply not cricket!(Exit Cricketer and rugby players)(Tennis player in ‘whites' steps forward, brandishing tennis racket)Tennis player: Anyone for tennis?(Exit)(Next lines delivered in the finest ‘upper class' accents)(Two ‘rowers' row past, with fans carrying ‘University of Cambridge' and ‘University of Oxford' banners)(Rower 1 accidentally knocks Rower 2 on the head with his oar)Rower 1: Sorry, old chap! Far too busy trying to win this confounded race!Rower 2: Steady on, old chap! There's a way to go yet!