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Experienced Drama Teacher, Director, Writer and Designer for Youth Theatre and School Productions (also adult theatre). Most of my resources are challenging, quirky and unusual script based activities - or just the scripts themselves for workshops and/or performance.

Experienced Drama Teacher, Director, Writer and Designer for Youth Theatre and School Productions (also adult theatre). Most of my resources are challenging, quirky and unusual script based activities - or just the scripts themselves for workshops and/or performance.
FREE Sample Script SPY SCHOOL

FREE Sample Script SPY SCHOOL

A FREE preview for Spy School This is a comedy musical with SPIES - how much more fun can you have? Written for a Year 6 Leavers Gala and thoroughly enjoyed by cast and audience alike on its first outing. Great for slightly younger or older children, it has heaps of larger-than-life parts (mostly spies) and four BIG musical numbers as well as a rap number for a solo character. This is easy to stage, requires fun props that are no problem at all to find and you can add or take away parts as you need to. All the children will be occupied working on colourful and unusual characters. The plot Three Rookie Spies arrive at Spy School on their first day of training. In a fit of unnecessary confidence and bravado in front of the Head of Spy School (Code name: Father Christmas), one of them announces they are ready to complete a mission to prove their worth… So, they are given one. They must locate the mysterious Seventh Department by lunchtime (noon, obviously). After a brief (and fairly silly) training session they are absolutely totally unprepared for their mission. And worse, the other spies are not going to be very helpful. Fast moving, funny and a great excuse for disguises, trilbies and really cool made-up gadgets. Written by Barbara Hockley, music by Greg Swinford. Backing tracks and guided practise tracking can be purchased along with performing rights.
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Dark Comic Sketch for Drama Workshops

Dark Comic Sketch for Drama Workshops

Sybil and Cedric’s Tale - a sketch for teenage drama students Challenging and creative work for teenagers in drama workshops A dark, surreal and comic tale Requires ensemble cast, creativity and a sense of the absurd Physical theatre A fantastic opportunity to explore different acting styles and work in an unusual 'cartoon style’ For the PERILOUS TALES collection of surreal and slightly dark cautionary tales by Offbeat Theatre’s Barbara Hockley PLOT: Cedic and Sybil are a couple intent on never changing and hanging on to their happiness no matter what the cost. Can they fend off the somewhat perilous life that seems to be lurking outside their front door? Will other people infiltrate their cosy home and steal their happiness? Performing rights also available
BarbaraHockley
Perilous Tales One Act Preview

Perilous Tales One Act Preview

A sample of the script for FREE For teenagers to work on in workshops or as a one act performance piece These are: Dark, twisted cautionary tales With diverse and strange characters They require a very versatile set and costumes Also a lot of physical theatre / comedy Very challenging and demanding for a ensemble company Mask work Four somewhat dark and slightly twisted sketches (can be bought separately as sketches as well) linked together to provide four cautionary tales in a one act storytelling experience. In Tale One we meet Cedic and Sybil, two characters intent on never changing and hanging on to their happiness no matter what the cost. In Tale Two the dreadful Princess Loki risks everything to find her own song as she stampedes through her spoilt life. In Tale Three the vain (and rather stupid) Gorgeous Gerald is stalked by a Ghost who wants to live again in a really handsome body to win back his wife Imelda. Finally Ed and Molly Grimble play one computer game too many… The tales are performed ‘cartoon’ fashion by an ensemble cast, with the use of many props, costumes creative settings, and, if you like, you could fit in a handful of puppets somewhere (the original production used puppets at times to link the tales).
BarbaraHockley
LICENCE to PERFORM SPY SCHOOL

LICENCE to PERFORM SPY SCHOOL

This LICENCE entitles you to photocopy the script as much as you wish and give up to THREE PERFORMANCES This is a comedy musical with SPIES - how much more fun can you have? Written for a Year 6 Leavers Gala and thoroughly enjoyed by cast and audience alike on its first outing. Great for slightly younger or older children, it has heaps of larger-than-life parts (mostly spies) and four BIG musical numbers as well as a rap number for a solo character. This is easy to stage, requires fun props that are no problem at all to find and you can add or take away parts as you need to. All the children will be occupied working on colourful and unusual characters. The plot Three Rookie Spies arrive at Spy School on their first day of training. In a fit of unnecessary confidence and bravado in front of the Head of Spy School (Code name: Father Christmas), one of them announces they are ready to complete a mission to prove their worth… So, they are given one. They must locate the mysterious Seventh Department by lunchtime (noon, obviously). After a brief (and fairly silly) training session they are absolutely totally unprepared for their mission. And worse, the other spies are not going to be very helpful. Fast moving, funny and a great excuse for disguises, trilbies and really cool made-up gadgets. Written by Barbara Hockley, music by Greg Swinford. Backing tracks and guided practise tracking can be purchased along with performing rights.
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Loki's Lament for Drama Workshops

Loki's Lament for Drama Workshops

DRAMA WORKSHOP SKETCH FOR TEENAGERS A dark, surreal and comic tale For the PERILOUS TALES collection of surreal and slightly dark cautionary tales by Offbeat Theatre’s Barbara Hockley Explores the perils of greed and ignorance Easy to stage - but fantastic for exploring performance styles, comic and dark characters, black comedy and absurd themes Ensemble cast (8 speaking parts +/versatile) - swap around and explore Offered here as workshop material for teenagers - but can be performed with additional PR licence The dreadful Princess Loki only has to point and everyone gives in to her. She gets exactly what she wants. But one day she hears a song - a song that belongs to someone else and she wants her own song. Badly. Loki risks everything to find her own song as she stampedes through her spoilt life and she finds it … to her cost.
BarbaraHockley
Dark Comic Sketch for Drama Workshops

Dark Comic Sketch for Drama Workshops

GORGEOUS GERALD AND THE GHOST for DRAMA WORKSHOPS Note: Most of this sketch is in rhyme! Challenging and creative work for teenagers in drama workshops A dark, surreal and comic tale For the PERILOUS TALES collection of surreal and slightly dark cautionary tales by Offbeat Theatre’s Barbara Hockley A tale concerning the perils of greed, self interest and narcissism Flexible staging and versatile character work Open to extreme creativity and physical comedy - a great workshop activity, but performances also possible with a licence Plot: Gerald is narcissistic, beautiful, vain and, unfortunately, extremely dim. His friends aren’t much better and their flattery is dangerous. The Ghost, however, is very dead, but he would like not to be. To solve his problem he needs a new body so he can get back to being alive and win back his darling wife Imelda. Imelda is currently being wooed by a vampire, with tales of living forever and avoiding the whole inconvenience of death. The Ghost fancies Gerald’s body might suit him (he’d like to be that gorgeous) … but how can he get Gerald out of his body so he can get in…? And can he then get to Imelda before she runs off with the Vampire promising her immortality?
BarbaraHockley
Backing tracks for Spy School Musical

Backing tracks for Spy School Musical

This is for the BACKING TRACKS for PERFORMANCE You can also buy guided PRACTISE TRACKS separately - or the complete performance bundle. This is a comedy musical with SPIES - how much more fun can you have? Written for a Year 6 Leavers Gala and thoroughly enjoyed by cast and audience alike on its first outing. Great for slightly younger or older children, it has heaps of larger-than-life parts (mostly spies) and four BIG musical numbers as well as a rap number for a solo character. This is easy to stage, requires fun props that are no problem at all to find and you can add or take away parts as you need to. All the children will be occupied working on colourful and unusual characters. The plot Three Rookie Spies arrive at Spy School on their first day of training. In a fit of unnecessary confidence and bravado in front of the Head of Spy School (Code name: Father Christmas), one of them announces they are ready to complete a mission to prove their worth… So, they are given one. They must locate the mysterious Seventh Department by lunchtime (noon, obviously). After a brief (and fairly silly) training session they are absolutely totally unprepared for their mission. And worse, the other spies are not going to be very helpful. Fast moving, funny and a great excuse for disguises, trilbies and really cool made-up gadgets. Written by Barbara Hockley, music by Greg Swinford. Backing tracks and guided practise tracking can be purchased along with performing rights.
BarbaraHockley
Perilous Tales a One Act Play

Perilous Tales a One Act Play

For teenagers to work on in workshops or as a one act performance piece THIS OPTION DOES NOT INCLUDE A PERFORMING LICENCE but DOES include a licence to photocopy These are: Dark, twisted cautionary tales With diverse and strange characters They require a very versatile set and costumes Also a lot of physical theatre / comedy Very challenging and demanding for a ensemble company Mask work Four somewhat dark and slightly twisted sketches (can be bought separately as sketches as well) linked together to provide four cautionary tales in a one act storytelling experience. In Tale One we meet Cedic and Sybil, two characters intent on never changing and hanging on to their happiness no matter what the cost. In Tale Two the dreadful Princess Loki risks everything to find her own song as she stampedes through her spoilt life. In Tale Three the vain (and rather stupid) Gorgeous Gerald is stalked by a Ghost who wants to live again in a really handsome body to win back his wife Imelda. Finally Ed and Molly Grimble play one computer game too many… The tales are performed ‘cartoon’ fashion by an ensemble cast, with the use of many props, costumes creative settings, and, if you like, you could fit in a handful of puppets somewhere (the original production used puppets at times to link the tales).
BarbaraHockley
Spy School Performance Bundle

Spy School Performance Bundle

This Bundle includes everything you need for rehearsals and up to two performances of SPY SCHOOL. Script & photocopying rights Backing tracks for performance Practise tracks for rehearsals Performing rights This is a comedy musical with SPIES - how much more fun can you have?** Written for a Year 6 Leavers Gala** and thoroughly enjoyed by cast and audience alike on its first outing. Great for slightly younger or older children, it has heaps of larger-than-life parts (mostly spies) and four BIG musical numbers as well as a rap number for a solo character. This is easy to stage, requires fun props that are no problem at all to find and you can add or take away parts as you need to. All the children will be occupied working on colourful and unusual characters. The plot Three Rookie Spies arrive at Spy School on their first day of training. In a fit of unnecessary confidence and bravado in front of the Head of Spy School (Code name: Father Christmas), one of them announces they are ready to complete a mission to prove their worth… So, they are given one. They must locate the mysterious Seventh Department by lunchtime (noon, obviously). After a brief (and fairly silly) training session they are absolutely totally unprepared for their mission. And worse, the other spies are not going to be very helpful. Fast moving, funny and a great excuse for disguises, trilbies and really cool made-up gadgets. Written by Barbara Hockley, music by Greg Swinford.
BarbaraHockley
Spy School: A Comedy Musical for 9 - 13 year olds

Spy School: A Comedy Musical for 9 - 13 year olds

This is a comedy musical with SPIES - how much more fun can you have? Written for a Year 6 Leavers Gala and thoroughly enjoyed by cast and audience alike on its first outing. Great for slightly younger or older children, it has heaps of larger-than-life parts (mostly spies) and four BIG musical numbers as well as a rap number for a solo character. This is easy to stage, requires fun props that are no problem at all to find and you can add or take away parts as you need to. All the children will be occupied working on colourful and unusual characters. The plot Three Rookie Spies arrive at Spy School on their first day of training. In a fit of unnecessary confidence and bravado in front of the Head of Spy School (Code name: Father Christmas), one of them announces they are ready to complete a mission to prove their worth… So, they are given one. They must locate the mysterious Seventh Department by lunchtime (noon, obviously). After a brief (and fairly silly) training session they are absolutely totally unprepared for their mission. And worse, the other spies are not going to be very helpful. Fast moving, funny and a great excuse for disguises, trilbies and really cool made-up gadgets. Written by Barbara Hockley, music by Greg Swinford. Backing tracks and guided practise tracking can be purchased along with performing rights.
BarbaraHockley
Practise Tracks for Spy School Musical

Practise Tracks for Spy School Musical

This is for the GUIDED PRACTISE TRACKS for rehearsals of SPY SCHOOL the MUSICAL This is a comedy musical with SPIES - how much more fun can you have? Written for a Year 6 Leavers Gala and thoroughly enjoyed by cast and audience alike on its first outing. Great for slightly younger or older children, it has heaps of larger-than-life parts (mostly spies) and four BIG musical numbers as well as a rap number for a solo character. This is easy to stage, requires fun props that are no problem at all to find and you can add or take away parts as you need to. All the children will be occupied working on colourful and unusual characters. The plot Three Rookie Spies arrive at Spy School on their first day of training. In a fit of unnecessary confidence and bravado in front of the Head of Spy School (Code name: Father Christmas), one of them announces they are ready to complete a mission to prove their worth… So, they are given one. They must locate the mysterious Seventh Department by lunchtime (noon, obviously). After a brief (and fairly silly) training session they are absolutely totally unprepared for their mission. And worse, the other spies are not going to be very helpful. Fast moving, funny and a great excuse for disguises, trilbies and really cool made-up gadgets. Written by Barbara Hockley, music by Greg Swinford. Backing tracks and guided practise tracking can be purchased along with performing rights.
BarbaraHockley
Dark Comic Sketch for Drama Workshops

Dark Comic Sketch for Drama Workshops

The Grimbles’ Last Game - a sketch for teenage drama students Great to explore ensemble cast work with a number of speaking roles Mask work and ‘games’ are included Physical theatre Challenging and creative A dark, surreal and comic tale For the PERILOUS TALES collection of surreal and slightly dark cautionary tales by Offbeat Theatre’s Barbara Hockley An excellent opportunity to use bizarre costumes and masks A dance number is required at the end - anything you like… Dark, surreal and completely off the wall Ed and Molly Grimble play computer games all the time - in fact, they do little else. But when they buy a new one from the mysterious Zed they get more than they bargained for. The game plan doesn’t seem to exist, there are no rules (apart from the ones Zed makes up) and on the first level they have to tackle apathy. How far will they get? Can they be bothered to get through Level One? Is Zed making it up, or is making it up part of the plan? Is there a plan? How important is it to ‘win’… If they do manage to get to the end… what sort of reward might they expect? This is for WORKSHOP use only, but can be performed with a licence.
BarbaraHockley