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Arts On The Move Plays and Resources

Alison Chaplin is a drama teacher and writer living in the North West. She has over 30 years' experience in youth theatre and drama teaching.

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Alison Chaplin is a drama teacher and writer living in the North West. She has over 30 years' experience in youth theatre and drama teaching.
Short play script: Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters (Harry Potter/LOTR pastiche, comedy, fantasy)
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Short play script: Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters (Harry Potter/LOTR pastiche, comedy, fantasy)

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Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters is a one act comedy pastiche play script suitable for students aged 9-14 years, in which well-known characters from the fantasy genre come together in a common quest. It’s fabulous for any Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings fans and you’ll laugh all the way through rehearsals - I promise! Running time is approx. 25 minutes, cast size 20 (with opportunities for additional non-speaking roles), it works really well with a class of mixed age groups, and with much older students! This script includes full production and staging notes - with suggestions and supporting ideas for props, costumes, set and effects - plus great follow-on drama and English activities for further work in the classroom and drama studio. Harry Rings, Lord of the Potters makes a great alternative for an end of year or end of term production; your actors and audience will love it. If you have purchased this script and found it useful/funny/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso! **If you intend to give a public performance of this play you must purchase the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop. **
Short script for 2 characters, duologue for festivals and exams, Years 4-8
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Short script for 2 characters, duologue for festivals and exams, Years 4-8

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A great little original script for two people which can be used for improvisation, role play, characterisation work, speech and drama festivals, exam practice, script annotating or writing, or for exploring PSHE issues. Younger pupils can simply write the rest of the scene, the preceding scene, or the following scene. Older pupils can add cut-away scenes and develop the extract into a whole play. I’ve used it with KS2 and KS3 students and they’ve all created something different from it! If you found this resource useful, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Mini play script and lesson plan, Matilda narrative poem (Hilaire Belloc), Years 2-6
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Mini play script and lesson plan, Matilda narrative poem (Hilaire Belloc), Years 2-6

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A mini script based on the narrative poem ‘Matilda (who told lies and was burned to death)’ by Hilaire Belloc. This pack turns the poem into a mini performance, with the lines of the poem being narrated and broken up using improvised scenes, mime, and short role-plays. It works well with KS1 and KS2, as they enjoy the gruesome nature of it, and can be used as part of an assembly on ‘telling lies’, or to support exploration of narrative poetry. Great for a quick end of term performance for friends and family. If you like this resource, please take a couple of minutes to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Autumn poem into performance drama and movement lesson plan; KS1; dance
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Autumn poem into performance drama and movement lesson plan; KS1; dance

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This KS1 lesson plan explores the autumn-themed poem The Leaves (by an unknown author) which describes the sights and sounds on a windy night in autumn. The drama lesson encourages children to bring these sights and sounds to life, performing the poem using mime, dance, expressive movements, and a sound orchestra! This is a great lesson for linking to a project on autumn, the seasons, night-time animals, weather, or for a dance or PE session. It runs for 20-30 minutes and does not require any equipment but needs a hall or large space for it to work effectively. This lesson plan includes suggested follow-on tasks and activities. It works well with Reception and KS1 children and could easily be adapted for EYFS. If you have purchased this resource and liked it, please take a few seconds to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Sample pages from The Pied Piper of Hamelin play script
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Sample pages from The Pied Piper of Hamelin play script

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A short extract from the play The Pied Piper of Hamelin, a lovely one act play which tells the whole story of the Pied Piper, the people of Hamelin, and the consequences of breaking promises! The whole poem is narrated and brought to life using additional scenes. This is a great play for a large cast and provides an ideal opportunity to include performers in non-speaking roles. The play is suitable for KS2/lower KS3 students (Grades 4-8) and would work really well with a mixed age group class, so is perfect for drama clubs and theater schools. These sample pages give you a taster of what the play is like and allow you to try before you buy! If you like this sample the complete script - with full production notes, photocopiable script pages, and fabulous follow-on activities for the classroom and drama studio - can be found in the Arts On The Move store. If you have found this resource useful, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
WW1 poem as performance drama and English lesson plan, Grades 4-8
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WW1 poem as performance drama and English lesson plan, Grades 4-8

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A great drama and English lesson plan for Grades 4-8 that explores the narrative poem, The Hero, by Siegfried Sassoon and turns it into a powerful performance and presentation piece. Students look at the poem’s rhythm, its language, the characters and story and, most importantly, the ironic contrasts it presents. The lesson runs for approximately 80 minutes with opportunities to reduce or expand that time. This is a great lesson plan for exploring WW1 poetry by one of the greatest war poets. It also links to exploring British history and to understanding narrative poetry. The lesson plan contains clear instructions for creating an effective performance of this WW1 poem, which will work really well as a presentation in assembly or on a topic day. If you like this resource and have found it useful, I would be really grateful for a positive review. Thank you!
Hamlet Scheme of Work (Shakespeare lesson plans, Years 4-9, introducing Shakespeare)
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Hamlet Scheme of Work (Shakespeare lesson plans, Years 4-9, introducing Shakespeare)

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A short unit of work for Shakespeare study, with clear and structured lesson plans which deliver at least 4 hour’s lesson time. The scheme introduces students to the story of Hamlet using a short extract from the beginning of the play and exploring this through movement, presentations, freeze-frames, role play, mime and narration. The lessons aim to provide an introduction to Shakespeare’s great tragedy but the scheme is also helpful in supporting student’s understanding of Shakespeare’s language - and for introducing them to drama methodology. Suitable for students aged 9-13 and easily adaptable. Great for new practitioners or busy teachers, too. **If you have purchased this resource and found it useful/fabulous/great value for money (or all three), please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso! **
Short play script: The War of the Vegetables (living together, vegetables, narrative verse)
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Short play script: The War of the Vegetables (living together, vegetables, narrative verse)

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A lovely little play script for students aged 5-11 years, this is a gentle comedy which also raises such issues as racism, bullying and living in harmony with others. The Peas and Tomatoes battle for space in the same vegetable plot, until their existence is threatened by the Runner Beans! Simple to stage, with full production notes and guidance, the play also provides opportunities to include dance routines or musical numbers, and for children to participate in non-speaking roles. The download also contains great follow-on tasks for further work in the classroom and drama studio. **If you intend to give a public performance of this play, you must purchase the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop. ** If you have purchased this play and found it useful/funny/great value for money, please take a brief moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Short play script: The Clown Who Couldn't Smile (happiness, friends, circus)
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Short play script: The Clown Who Couldn't Smile (happiness, friends, circus)

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The Clown Who Couldn’t Smile is a one-act play suitable for students aged 7-11. It’s a gentle comedy that explores the notion of happiness and the meaning of friendship. When Bonzo the clown loses his smile, he struggles to find it again and is in danger of losing his job at the circus, until help arrives unexpectedly. This play is great as a stimulus for discussing what it means to be happy. It also provides opportunities to include circus routines, gymnastics, musical extracts and a number of children in non-speaking roles. The script contains full staging and production notes, plus great follow-on drama and literacy activities for further classroom work. If you purchased this play and found it useful/lovely/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Traditional African stories, animal stories, African myths and legends
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Traditional African stories, animal stories, African myths and legends

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Moontales is a collection of African stories for children. These form part of a long tradition of telling folk stories in Africa and each tale has a simple message and a strong moral. These original stories can be used to explore tales from other cultures, myths and fables, or to create short plays or dance performances. If you like this resource and found it useful please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
US Drama Club Lesson Plans
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US Drama Club Lesson Plans

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3 great starter lesson plans for your drama club or junior theater company. Each lesson plan contains enough material for at least 90 minutes of drama activity. The lesson plans are clearly laid out with guidance on aims, space required, equipment or resources needed (if any) and easy to follow instructions. Each lesson plan comprises 2 warm-up games, 3 or 4 main drama activities, and a fun, focused, end game. Brilliant for new drama clubs or junior theater groups.
Primary School Drama Policy, everything you need to create a primary drama curriculum
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Primary School Drama Policy, everything you need to create a primary drama curriculum

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A complete drama policy for your primary school, with guidelines on strategies, implementation, differentiation and evaluation. This policy includes everything you’ll need to create and maintain a drama syllabus in your primary school. Also includes suggested resources, websites and other sources for support and additional information. If you like this resource and found it useful, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso!
Short play script: Love Me Tender (Romeo & Juliet, soap opera, Shakespeare)
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Short play script: Love Me Tender (Romeo & Juliet, soap opera, Shakespeare)

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A one-act version of the first half of Romeo and Juliet, which ends with the cliff-hanger of Tybalt’s death. Suitable for students aged 10-13, this adaptation is written as a ‘soap opera’ but with all character names, themes, and essential story elements intact. The script is easy to follow and provides a great introduction to Shakespeare’s most enduring love story. This download of the script includes full production notes, with great suggestions for staging, props, costumes and effects, plus fabulous follow-on activities for further work in the classroom and drama studio - including suggestions for devising and writing the rest of the play! If you have purchased this play script and found it useful/interesting/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso! **If you intend to give a public performance of this play you must purchase the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop. **
Short play script: Whistle As You Walk Away (Victorian Britain, working children, history)
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Short play script: Whistle As You Walk Away (Victorian Britain, working children, history)

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Whistle As You Walk way is a one-act play with songs for upper juniors that dramatises the lives and times of Victorian children working in the cotton mills. Perfect for shared reading or performance, the play script enables pupils to gain some understanding of the difficulties and dangers faced by children in Victorian times. With a cast size of 32+ (including non-speaking roles) and a running time of approximately 50 minutes, the play is ideal for topic days. The script includes full production notes, with suggestions for staging, props and costumes, plus great follow-on drama, english and history activities for further classroom work. It also contains original songs and music, simple enough for young performers to sing and young musicians to play. Please leave a review if you found this resource useful, thank you. If you intend to give a public performance of this play with songs, you must purchased the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On the Move online shop.
WW1 poem into performance drama lesson plan; Siegfried Sassoon; Years 4-8
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WW1 poem into performance drama lesson plan; Siegfried Sassoon; Years 4-8

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An upper KS2/lower KS3 lesson plan which explores a narrative poem by Siegfried Sassoon. Students explore the rhythm of the poem, the concept of what it means to be a hero, the language of the poem, its characters, story and the strong contrasts it presents. Various drama methods - speaking aloud, mime, freeze-frames, thought-tracking, improvisation, tableau - bring the poem to life, culminating in a mini performance of the poem. It’s a powerful and inspirational session. The lesson can be completed in 75 minutes and the resulting performance is brilliant for topic days, a whole school assembly, or a World War 1 memorial day. If you have purchased this resource and found it useful, please take a few seconds to leave a positive review. thanks everso!
Drama Achievement Reports: recording personal and performance progress in drama, ages 3-13 years
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Drama Achievement Reports: recording personal and performance progress in drama, ages 3-13 years

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Simple reports which allow teachers to record progress in drama for students aged 3 - 13 years. Each report covers a range of personal, social and performance skills for children to achieve and these are broken down into four key skills areas in which children learn to co-operate, create, perform and reflect. Markers allow teachers to chart an individual student’s progress through a full term or semester and each report provides space for comments and aims for that child. Not accredited in any way but based on 30 years of drama teaching experience. A great way to begin to quantify the developmental, social and creative benefits of drama. If you have downloaded this resource and found it useful, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks!
Mini play: And Then We Were At War (WW1, British history, conflicts, geography)
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Mini play: And Then We Were At War (WW1, British history, conflicts, geography)

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A mini play, ideal for festivals, assemblies, and topic days, that explores the alliances, power struggles and incidents that led to World War 1. The play enables students to gain some understanding of the countries involved and the chain of events that precipitated this momentous period in British history. The script includes full production notes with suggestions for staging, costumes, and effects plus great follow-on history, English and drama activities for further work in the classroom or drama studio. Suitable for students aged 11-14 years old. Cast size is 30 (with opportunities to include more students in non-speaking roles) - so your whole class can be involved - and running time is approximately 20 minutes. The play provides pupils with a great introduction to any WW1 scheme. If you have purchased this script and found it useful/powerful/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks very much! **If you intend to give a public performance of this play you must purchase the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop. Thanks! **
Mini play script: Sausages For Tea (WW2, Home Front, war children, British history)
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Mini play script: Sausages For Tea (WW2, Home Front, war children, British history)

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A great mini play set in 1940 that tells the story of one family’s experiences during an air raid in a fictional town. The play enables students to gain some insight into the lives of children at that time and to learn some historical facts about life on the Home Front during World War 2. It takes approximately 15 minutes to perform so is ideal for assemblies and WW2 topic days, and is suitable for students aged 8-12 years. The script includes full production notes with practical suggestions for staging, props, costumes and effects plus some great history, English and drama follow-on activities for further work in the classroom or drama studio. It’s simple to read with a cast of just 6 characters, so will work well for small groups to read independently or as a shared reading task. If you purchased this play script and found it useful/enjoyable/great value for money, please take a moment to leave a positive review. Thanks everso! If you intend to give a public performance of this play you must purchase the licence which allows you to do so. This can be found in the Arts On The Move online shop.
Simple script for 2 characters, drama and English presentations, festivals
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Simple script for 2 characters, drama and English presentations, festivals

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A great short script for 2 characters which can be used for festivals, presentations and performances, or in a drama lesson to generate improvisations. It can also be used as a stimulus for script writing exercises, with students writing ‘before’ and ‘after’ scenes to develop the story. The mini script is also great for learning about character development and works well with a range of students, but particularly well with Grades 4-7