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I have just started adding my plays to TES (over 400)!but this will take time! All my assemblies/class plays and guided reading scripts are on www.plays-r-ussell.com and I am happy to write on request. I have converted the entire History Key Stage II curriculum into play format - and much of the other subjects such as Science, Geography, PSHE etc. I cover events such as the Olympics and have received great feedback from teachers around the world! Writing is my passion - hope you enjoy my work!

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I have just started adding my plays to TES (over 400)!but this will take time! All my assemblies/class plays and guided reading scripts are on www.plays-r-ussell.com and I am happy to write on request. I have converted the entire History Key Stage II curriculum into play format - and much of the other subjects such as Science, Geography, PSHE etc. I cover events such as the Olympics and have received great feedback from teachers around the world! Writing is my passion - hope you enjoy my work!
Castles and Knights Assembly
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Castles and Knights Assembly

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Castles and Knights Assembly Key Stage I and/or II - Simple language but broad scope of information - script easily adapted to any age group. Although written for Key Stage I children (language kept very simple) this class play or assembly could be used at Key Stage II due to the broad scope of information. Cast of 30 - easily adjustable up or down Duration - around 10 - 15 minutes Content · The first part of the assembly deals with division between nobility and servants – their different life styles and jobs they did. · The second part looks at castle features – how they were built and how they changed over time. · The third part looks at weapons of battle – how they were used to attack and defend a castle. As previously mentioned, this assembly could be used by either of the two key stages – either simplified for younger children or elaborated upon for the older students. It is, I hope, a fairly versatile script which can be adapted for any age group. Also available off www.plays-r-ussell.com is The Battle of Hastings 1066. This assembly is for Key Stage II and goes into a lot more historical background including the events depicted and characters displayed on the Bayeux Tapestry. Sample Text (Enter Minstrel, Jester and Juggler) Minstrel: Who do you think played music at those banquets? Jester: Who do you think kept them laughing? Juggler: And who do you think entertained them? (Enter Soldiers 1 & 2) Soldier 1: And most important of all, who do you think kept them safe? Us soldiers, of course! Soldier 2: Protecting everyone against the enemy! Gong Farmer: Well. Almost most important of all! Narrator: Oh really? You think you’re more important than them? (Gong Farmer nods) Soldier 1: How? Gong Farmer: You really want to know? Soldier 2: Indeed, we do! Gong Farmer: I had to get rid of … Soldier 1: (Holding nose) Oh, now I get it! Soldier 2: You got rid of what came out of the garderobes? Narrator: The what? Soldier 2: Garderobes! Soldier 1: That’s castle toilets to you! Narrator: Ugh! Poor man! What a job! Gong Farmer: Well, someone had to do it! Narrator: Oh dear! I can see life wasn’t quite so glamourous for you folk! (All shake their heads in agreement) (Exit Gong Farmer, Servant, Cook, Hunter, Cleaner, Builder, Carpenter, Blacksmith, Priest, Steward, Minstrel, Jester, Juggler and Soldiers 1 & 2)
Around the Body in 20 Minutes Assembly or Class Play
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Around the Body in 20 Minutes Assembly or Class Play

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Around the Body in 20 Minutes Class Play or Assembly Duration – around 20 minutes! Cast of 30 - this number can be adjusted up or down Whatever gave our narrator the idea that taking on over 7,500 body parts was a good idea? (OK, so that's a slight exaggeration - .... actually, 8 Body Systems, 5 Senses plus a few 'others'!) Even so, no mean challenge ... in 20 minutes. But then with a Bossy Brain to help out, how could he go wrong? Sample Text (Eight Body Systems each step forward in turn) Brain: Nervous System – I’m in charge here! Narrator: (Tutting) You again! I might have known you’d be first up! Brain: Well, I am the Boss! (Pointing to rest of cast) None of this lot would be any good without me, the Brain! Narrator: (Snorting) Huh! And vice versa. I wonder what you’d do if you had nobody to boss around! Next! Heart: (Coquettishly mincing up to stand beside Brain) Oh I do like a man who’s in charge! Narrator: (Coughing) Huh hmm. You, Heart, are representing the Circulatory System today. Please remember – purely functional, absolutely no romance, thank you very much! (Heart looks disappointed, sighing deeply) Narrator: Yes, you can forget all that valentine stuff. Your job in the body is way more important than all that nonsense! We’ll come back to you in a minute! (Narrator jostled out of the way by Lungs) Narrator: Hey! You’re a bit pushy, aren’t you? Lungs: Well, yes, der! That’s my job – to be pushy! (Holds up two ‘bags’) Since when did you know a pair of lungs not to be pushy! Narrator: Ah! The Respiratory System! Now I understand! Brain: And that’s only because (pointing to head) your brain’s working properly! Narrator: (Irritably) Yes, yes! (To audience) I’ve a feeling we’ll be hearing way too much from him! Next! Stomach: (Rubbing tummy) I’m here – representing the Digestive System! Other Body scripts available off this website: • Healthy Living Class Play (Upper primary) • Skeleton & Muscles Class Play (Lower Primary) • Teeth and Eating Class Play (Lower Primary) Sue Russell’s collection of over 400 scripts aims to cover every theme tackled at primary school – and some subjects at secondary/high school. Her collection in its entirety is available off www.plays-r-ussell.com and she is happy to write on request, if there are any themes, subjects missing.
Dinosaur Assembly
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Dinosaur Assembly

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Dinosaurs Rock Assembly or Class Play Ever wondered which dinosaur was the *biggest, the smallest, the most heavily armoured, the brightest, the fastest, the deadliest, the weirdest ..... Read on and find out! Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down Duration - around 10 minutes not including music Also available, set of guided reading dinosaur scripts Sample Text Music 2 - We Will Rock You - Queen (Enter Seismosaurus, Mamenchisaurus, Giganotosaurus, Spinosaurus, and Carcharodontosaurus) (Everyone shaking in seats) Narrator: What's happening? Is it an earthquake? Seismosaurus: Sorry! That would be me! I'll try not to move - all 120 feet of me! They don't call me ‘earth-shaking lizard' for nothing! Mamenchisaurus: But when you've got necks as long as us, you really don't need to move that far! My neck alone was 46 feet long! Gigantosaurus: And I, Gigantosaurus, was the daddy of the meat-eaters! All 8,000 kilograms of me! Carcharondontaurus: And I sure had a mean pair of ‘choppers' - no prizes for guessing where my name ‘shark-tooth lizard' came from! Spinosaurus: Well, take a look at my jaws! I, Spinosaurus, was called spiny lizard because of these spines on my back, but nobody was going to argue with these (snapping crocodile-like jaws, open and shut) For optional poetry addition see The Dinosaurs That Time Forgot by David Harmer and Paul Cookson. Writer, Sue Russell, has included information from recent discovery of 'the largest' as per Telegraph article "Giant of giants rises from the desert" May 18 2014
Great Inventors Assembly or Class Play KS I William Caxton & Tim Berners-Lee
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Great Inventors Assembly or Class Play KS I William Caxton & Tim Berners-Lee

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Great Inventors Assembly KS I William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee Cast of 30 - easily adjusted up or down Duration - around 10 - 15 minutes Sample Text: Narrator: Aha! So you are the inventor of w w w Berners-Lee: The world wide web! Correct! Narrator: Wow! Now I am impressed! Just look at how you have changed our lives! Child 7: We can get any information we want on line. Child 8: No more spending hours in the library looking for the right book! Child 9: We can contact people around the world Child 10: Without using a postage stamp! Child 11: We can get information instantly. Child 12: We can contact people instantly. Child 13: Everything is just so fast! Child 14: And there’s so much of it! Narrator: (Clutching head) Oh, I think I’m having a funny turn! Everything’s spinning! (Two inventors rush over and offer Narrator their seats) Caxton: Here. Sit down. Berners-Lee: I think it’s all been a bit too much for you. Narrator: Oh no! There I go – ruining the moment! This is meant to be about you! Caxton: But we still need each other. Berners-Lee: Computers can’t do everything! Narrator: (Looking confused) But I thought they could! Berners-Lee: No. (Berners-Lee walks over to the cast) Berners-Lee: Perhaps we’d better explain, right? (Whole cast nods in agreement) Berners-Lee: There are some things computers can’t do, right? (Whole cast nods in agreement) Berners-Lee: Like? Child 15: Enjoying each other’s company. Child 16: Talking to each other. Child 17: Sharing good times. Also available off www.plays-r-ussell.com: This script is one of the Famous People Series based on the lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements, comparing aspects of life in different periods. This list of ‘greats’ includes: · Queens - Elizabeth I and Victoria (now available) · Explorers - Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong · Inventors - William Caxton and Tim Berners-Lee · Painters - Pieter Bruegel the Elder and LS Lowry · Women In Civil Rights - Rosa Parks and Emily Davison · Nurses - Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and Edith Cavell
Diwali Class Play or Assembly including The Story  of Rama & Sita
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Diwali Class Play or Assembly including The Story of Rama & Sita

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Divali Class Play or Assembly including The Story of Rama & Sita Duration: 10 – 15 minutes reading time (more time added on for presentation of craft work) Cast Size – 30 (easily adaptable up or down) This assembly can be done by one class of 30 i.e. 20 children plus 10 in the Rama and Sita play (the cast size can be reduced by doubling up on the lines of the 20) Or This script could be put on by two classes: – One class (younger children?) taking the lines of the 20 children (who have simple one-liners explaining what happens at Divali) and holding up art and craft work they have produced: *Rangoli patterns and divas, presents, Happy Divali cards, new clothes and jewellery, henna patterns on hands and feet, fireworks, samosas and poppadums. – One class taking on the ten characters in the Rama and Sita play (with additional supporting roles added e.g. demons and monkeys, if the rest of the class are to be included) Also available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com : Scripts on Gandhi, Indus Valley Civilisation plus another Class Play on India; plus Legends and Myths from Around the World. Sample Text: Narrator: .......... But enough of this! On with the play! (Pointing to players on stage) Seems like one big happy family (pauses) … or was it? (All exit apart from King Dasharatha sitting on a chair/throne, clutching his head and moaning) King Dash.: Oh dear! I’m getting old and life is becoming so difficult! What is a foolish old king, like me, to do? (Queen Kaikeyi storms onto the stage) Queen Kaikeyi: (Menacingly) I’ll tell you exactly what a foolish old king like you is to do! (Shouting) Give me your crown! I want it for my son, Bharata! King Dash.: But what of Rama? My eldest? He was always meant to be king after me! Queen Kaikeyi: (Laughing contemptuously) Not anymore, he’s not! Not if I have anything to do with it! King Dash.: But Rama is the rightful heir to the throne. Not Bharata! Queen Kaikeyi: (Advancing on King, who cowers, covering his head) Aren’t we forgetting something? Just that little matter of you owing me two favours after I saved your life? (Shaking him) Remember? King Dash.: (Fearfully) As if I could forget! Queen Kaikeyi: So, dearie. About those two little favours. You’ll be glad to hear I’ve given them some thought King Dash.: (Sheepishly) Oh wonderful! Queen Kaikeyi: And this is what I’ve come up with. King Dash.: (Sarcastically) Can’t wait! Queen Kaikeyi: One! I want Bharata crowned king! Two! I want your beloved Rama and that lovely wife of his (pauses before shouting) to be banished from this kingdom!
World Cup 2018 Assembly
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World Cup 2018 Assembly

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World Cup 2018 Assembly Cast Size – 33 as this includes Referee plus 32 competing nations - but speaking parts can be doubled up, to the number required. Duration - Around 20 minutes (not including music) A referee's job is never the easiest in the world - but put him in charge of 32 teams from across the world - all together, at the same time ..... Does he have his work cut out or does he have his work cut out?! Join him plus 32 nations in this celebration of the World Cup - all lining up for one of the greatest sporting events on the planet! Sample Text: Referee: Sorry, I didn’t quite catch that. What are we here celebrating today? Whole Cast: (Shouting louder) THE WORLD CUP! (Referee blows whistle) Referee: OK. OK. Sit down everyone. Don’t let’s get too excited! It is, after all, only football! English Fan: (In outrage) Pardon? Have you never heard what the great Bill Shankly had to say? Referee: No. But I’ve a feeling I’m going to! English Fan: He said “Some people believe football is a matter of life and death. I’m very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that”! Referee: (Shrugging) And there was me, thinking it was just sport! So, let’s find out a little more about the World Cup, starting with where it’s going to be held this year, 2018. Russia: In Russia! We, as the host nation, (turning to cast) are happy to welcome you all! (Everyone cheers) Referee: Thank you, Russia. Tell me. How many countries are there competing this year? Russia: Thirty two! Referee: Let’s meet them! In Group A (Each country, represented by a fan dressed in his team colours, stands and waves national flag in turn before sitting down again) Russia: Russia! We’re the host nation Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia. The first team to take on the host nation in the opening match! Egypt: Egypt! Referee: Welcome back! Egypt: Yes, it’s been 28 years since our last appearance in a world cup, in 1990. Uruguay: Uruguay! We were the very first host, in 1930.
Mutual Respect Assembly or Class Play Key Stage II
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Mutual Respect Assembly or Class Play Key Stage II

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Mutual Respect Assembly - Key Stage II Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down Duration: 10 - 15 minutes reading time (not including songs/music suggestions) Another class play on 'Respect' is available for Key Stage I children. Sample Text: (Whole team do ‘high-fives’) Narrator: Good to see team spirit! Child 1: Oh we have plenty of that! We put in so many hours together Child 2: We sure earn each other’s respect! (Exit ‘Olympians’) Narrator: And that is so important! Just imagine if (Enter ‘Footballers 1 - 4’: Child 3, 4, 5 & 6) Music 5 Football Anthem – or theme music to Match of the Day (Footballers kick ball around, in bored, listless manner before dropping to the ground, for a break) (Enter Coach – Child 7, blowing whistle; all four footballers jump to their feet) Coach: Hey! Slacking off already? I don’t think so! Child 3: Oops! Sorry coach! Coach: You will be! Child 4: We were just Child 7: (Interrupting angrily) Yes, I could see! I repeat, slacking off! Not on my watch, you don’t! Now, that will be ten extra laps of the pitch for you! Off you go! (Exit Footballers, grumbling) Narrator: Oh dear! That seemed a bit harsh! Child 7: Oh? And you think if I’d strolled on and said, ‘Oh that’s fine. Don’t mind me! Just keep doing what you’re doing’ – that they’d have one jot of respect for me? Narrator: Well, er .. Child 7: Of course they wouldn’t. It’s not my job to pamper them. It is to make them better players. To give them pride in themselves! Nothing like a bit of discipline to achieve that! Narrator: Oh I couldn’t agree more! I’m all for discipline. Child 7: And respect! Narrator: Oh yes, that as well! Child 7: Nothing like a bit of healthy respect for your team, the opposition and yourself! Narrator: Wow! That’s a lotta respect! Child 7: You can never have too much respect, believe me!
Spanish Assembly or Class Play
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Spanish Assembly or Class Play

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Spanish Class Play or Assembly Cast of 30, duration 10-15 mins. This class play on Spain is one of a set Sue Russell has written on different countries (Great Britain, England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Australia, France, Spain, Malta, India, Africa) It celebrates all things Spanish and is a tribute to the country - its people and culture, as celebrated in Hispanic Heritage Month Sept – October, starring a rather 'full of himself' Christopher Columbus and some seriously crazy Pamplona bull runners! Written for 7 – 11 year olds. Another script is available for the lower age range of 5 – 7. This latter is another class play on Great Explorers, key starring roles going to Christopher Columbus and Neil Armstrong. Available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com (I have just updated this script - to include more uptodate information e.g. on arrival of Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid's coach!) (Child 17 brings on supper of cheese, served on bread) Child 17: Supper! Cena. This is the last meal of the day and is a light meal. I think you’ll enjoy this sheep’s cheese and bread. (Narrator eats, then Child 17 clears away) Narrator: Well! That was certainly the fastest three meals I’ve ever had in my life! (Enter Child 18 with bunch of grapes) Child 18: Good practice for New Year’s Eve – when you need to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds! Narrator: And why would I want to do that? Child 18: If you want good luck for the next year. Narrator: What a strange custom! Child 18: But it’s a country’s special traditions that keep it alive! (Enter Child 19 – 23 in national costume, plus sheep: Child 24 & 25) Narrator: (Gasping) Wow! Just look at these national costumes! Child 19: In Valencia we wear long silk dresses and shawls worn over our shoulders Child 20: And short dark jackets and large-brimmed black hats for us men! Music 3 – Flamenco music (Child 21 flamencos across the stage) Child 21: How do you like my dress? Andalucian style? Narrator: Ah! Beautiful! Music 4 – Bagpipes music (Everyone covers their ears; Narrator walks over and signals to Bagpipe player, Child 22, to stop) Child 22: The finest music from Galicia! Narrator: If you say so! (Sound of loud bleating from the sheep) Narrator: (To Shepherd, Child 23) And you sir? Child 23: A shepherd, from the Basque country, looking after his sheep. (Sheep start ‘jostling/nudging’ Flamenco dancer who does her best to fend off their attentions) Narrator: (To Shepherd) Er, maybe time to herd them up?
FREE Sport Relief Assembly
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FREE Sport Relief Assembly

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FREE Sport Relief Assembly Every year I do something to raise money for Sport Relief - this generally in my capacity as a zumba instructor (guess what ‘sport’ is there in the script, representing Z on the sports list?!) This script is about as versatile as I can make it - any cast size, any duration, any number of songs/music suggestions. Good luck to everyone ‘doing their thing’ this year. My challenge is going to be ‘sitting still for one minute’ during each of my 15 zumba routines - a challenge beyond anything I have ever undertaken before! If you’ve ever been to a zumba class you’ll know what I mean! Simple message to accompany this script - ENJOY! Sample Text: Child 26: Volleyball Child 27: Weightlifting Child 28: Wrestling Child 29: Zumba! Narrator: (To Child 29) I beg your pardon? Child 29: Zumba! Would you like a demonstration? Music 2 ��� Zumba number/Latin American music (Child 29 ‘performs’) (Loud applause from cast and audience) Narrator: Magnificent! And I can see that dancing is just as energetic as all those other sports we’ve mentioned! Child 1: (Fanning him/herself) Phew! All that hot Latin American music! Child 2: But let’s not forget our winter sports! Child 3: We have only just had those fantastic Winter Olympics! Child 4: Who could forget Child 5: The skiing Child 6: Bobsleigh Child 7: Figure skating Child 8: Ice hockey Next big sporting event – THE WORLD CUP! Check out assemblies, guided reading scripts and quiz on this wonderful theme! All available off TES and
The Royal Wedding Assembly Harry and Meghan
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The Royal Wedding Assembly Harry and Meghan

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Royal Wedding Assembly Harry and Meghan Duration: around 10 minutes (not including music suggestions) A cast of 30. The content of this production focuses on Harry's ancestors and leaves one wondering if Meghan has been fully 'prepped' on the royal family - with all its highs (Alfred the Great?) and lows (toss-up between King John and Richard III maybe!). Maybe it’s just as well she isn't fully acquainted with her predecessors - or she might think twice about that walk down the aisle! Script comes with a complete listing of the English Monarchy Duration: around 10 minutes (not including music suggestions) Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on The Royal Wedding. Now, we all know what a busy time this is for the royal couple – especially for Meghan. With all that looking for the right dress, booking the hairdresser, finding the best flower lady …. My, has she got her work cut out! So, we thought - there’s no way this royal bride will find time to read up about the family she is marrying into. That’s why we took it on ourselves to do the hard work for her! Don’t you think she’ll be pleased? I mean, who knows what Harry might not have said about his ancestors? And don’t we all agree, a girl does have the right to know - certainly before she takes that long walk down the aisle? So, for those of you, along with Meghan, interested in the royal family, start listening now! You’ll be amazed at what you’ll learn! This morning we’ll kick off with the present day royal family - the House of Windsor. Starting with Child 1: (Holding up picture of Harry) Harry! Narrator: Ah! The bridegroom himself! Let’s hear it! Child 2: Harry is the second son of (holds up picture) Charles, the Prince of Wales – now married to Camilla. Child 3: (Holding up picture) Harry’s mother, Diana, Princess of Wales, was tragically killed in a road accident in 1997. Child 4: (Holding up picture) Harry has an older brother, William. It was only a few years ago that Harry was best man at William’s wedding. William married Catherine Middleton 29th April 2011 at Westminster Abbey; whereas Harry and Meghan will be ‘tying the knot’ at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in May 2018. Child 5: Harry and William have a rather important grandma – the Queen! Child 6: Queen Elizabeth the second is married to the Duke of Edinburgh and has four children Child 7: Prince Charles, Harry’s dad Child 8: Prince Andrew, the Duke of York Child 9: Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex Child 10: And a daughter, Princess Anne, the Princess Royal. Narrator: All fine representatives of the monarchy – but was it always thus? We looked at some examples of good and bad monarchs and drew our own conclusions! Starting with Child 11: Alfred the Great!
Volcanoes Assembly or Class Play
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Volcanoes Assembly or Class Play

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Volcano Assembly or Class Play This class play can best be described as ... explosive! It is highly recommended that you purchase a pair of ear plugs before agreeing to sit through this performance! Even the Roman god of fire cannot control these forces of nature. ... though no one is about to try and control him! This script covers the questions what, how, where and a few examples of when - though ‘Pompeii up’ provides a far more comprehensive historical account of what happened in those two Roman cities destroyed by Mount Vesuvius (available off www.plays-r-ussell.com) Duration - around 10 minutes reading time but this does not include music (or explosions!) Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down. Sample Text: Music 1 Mars – The Planets – Gustav Holst (Children file in, seating themselves in speaking order, along two rows of fifteen seats facing the audience) Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on Music 2 Fire – Arthur Brown (See Production Notes) (Vulcan strides onto stage) Vulcan: (Pounding his chest) Me! The mighty Roman god of fire, Vulcan! Narrator: (Irritably) But its volcanoes we’re doing today! Not Roman gods! Vulcan: (Sighing) So, where do you think the word volcano comes from? Narrator: (Sarcastically) Oh, now. Don’t tell me. (Pauses) Oh, that wouldn’t be you would it? Vulcan: It most certainly would! Nothing to do with that Mars you were just playing. Narrator: No! No! That’s the planet Mars – from The Planets by Gustav Holst! Vulcan: But I thought you said this assembly was on volcanoes? Narrator: Correct! But we thought that music was just right to set the tone – of high drama! Vulcan: Oh! Is that what we’re getting this morning? Narrator: I hope so! There’s nothing dull about volcanoes! (Sound of loud snores from ‘Sleeping Giants’) Vulcan: Er, it would seem not everyone agrees with you! (Exit Vulcan) (Sleeping Giants all raise their heads, wipe their eyes, blinking at the audience) Narrator: Oh no! We haven’t woken you, have we? Sleeping Giant 1: Nah! Don’t worry! Sleeping Giant 2: We’re dormant volcanoes! Sleeping Giant 3: Little chance we’ll erupt! Sleeping Giant 4: (Yawning) In fact, if you don’t mind, we’ll just go back to sleep again! Narrator: No, no! Not at all! Please be my guest! (Sleeping Giants put heads down and resume sleep)
Winter Olympics Assembly or Class Play
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Winter Olympics Assembly or Class Play

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Winter Olympics Class Play or Assembly Cast of around 30 (with some doubling up) Duration: Around 15 minutes (without music suggestions) Sporting events such as the Olympics always cover such amazing stories - inspirational, tragic and many that are just plain hilarious This assembly or class play is a summary of the Games' history up to 2018, covering dates, records and stories about the competitors themselves. As is normally the case in my assemblies, the narrator's task is not an enviable one - this time involving risk to life and limb, as he/she is assaulted on all sides by practicing speed skaters, skiers, lugers, bobsledders, ice hockey players ... and curlers?! Written in my usual irreverent style, this assembly sets out to both inform and entertain. I hope you enjoy it! Also available: Set of Guided Reading Scripts covering history of Winter Olympics up to 2018 (with supplementary quizzes); plus ‘Comprehensive’ Quiz. Sample Text Child 23: 1984. Yugoslavia! Music 6 Ravel's Bolero (Torvill and Dean version) (Two figure skaters glide gracefully onto stage, and perform part of Torvill and Dean's dance performance) Narrator: (Mopping his eyes, overcome with emotion) I can hardly speak! Excuse me, one moment! (Six ‘judges' appear with six cards bearing the number 6) Narrator: Six perfect scores - of 6! Who would believe it? Thank you so much, Jane Torvill and Christopher Dean! My, did you make Great Britain proud of you! (Gasping) What grace! What beauty! Music 7 - Fly Like an Eagle - Steve Miller Band (Enter skier, clumsily clumping around in out-sized skis) Narrator: Oh dear! Talk about complete contrast! And who would you be? (Cast start chanting "Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!") Skier: (Indignantly) Who would I be? You mean, you haven't heard of the other Great British sporting legend? Eddie the Eagle? Narrator: Well, you certainly don't have Torvill and Dean's grace! Skier: Well, I don't suppose they managed any lifts quite as high as any one of my jumps! Child 24: Well, no disrespect or anything but I don't remember seeing any British Ski Jumping medals at those 1988 Canada Olympics - which the Soviet Union won again ... Skier: But only in number of medals! I reckon I won more hearts - certainly back in Britain, where I received a hero's welcome home - even if I did come last! It's not just about the medals, you know! (Exit skier) Narrator: He's got a point. But come on, we've still got a little way to go ‘til we get to 2014. Next! Child 25: 1992, France! Germany won most medals this time! Child 26: 1994, Norway! The first Winter Olympics to be held in a different year from the Summer Olympics, setting the future pattern - the two Games taking place two years apart. Russia won most medals this year.
Superheroes Assembly for Key Stage I
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Superheroes Assembly for Key Stage I

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Superheroes Assembly for Key Stage I Duration: Around 10 – 15 minutes depending on how many ‘superhero demonstrations’ there are. The first ‘speaking’ part of the assembly is around 5 minutes reading time. The rest of the assembly is down to the teacher in charge as explained in Production Notes. Cast: Written for cast of 30 but easily adaptable up or down. The cast comprises class teacher as narrator plus children 1 – 30. This assembly or class play is in roughly two parts - the first deals with the qualities of a superhero and how a superhero would change the world; the second is a demonstration of 'superpowers' by different 'superheroes'. It is very much a 'movable feast' - the children can make their own choices re: how they'd change the world; and likewise choose which superheroes they'd like to portray - they can even make up their own. I have thus provided a 'template' which can be adapted according to class numbers and 'members'. Sample Text: Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on Whole cast: (Together) Superheroes! Narrator: So, for the benefit of our audience, what makes a superhero? Or maybe I should ask the question, what makes a hero super? Child 1: Super powers, of course! Child 2: You can’t do much without them! Child 3: Especially against those horrible baddies! Narrator: So. Let me get this straight. Heroes are always good? Child 4: Right. They fight for what is good in the world Child 5: Against all that is bad! Narrator: That must take a lot of courage! Child 6: That’s why they’re superheroes! Child 7: Brave! Child 8: Strong! Child 9: And determined! Child 10: It’s not always easy being a superhero! Narrator: (To cast) So. If you had the powers of a superhero, what would you do to make the world a better place? Child 11: I would take food to everyone who was hungry. Child 12: I would give shelter to everyone without a home. Child 13: I would hug everyone who feels unloved. Child 14: I would drive around in a Ferrari! Narrator: (Snorting) Oh really! And how is that going to improve the world? Child 14: Well, it would certainly improve mine!
Natural Disasters Assembly or Class Play
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Natural Disasters Assembly or Class Play

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Natural Disasters Assembly or Class Play This assembly focuses on: • Volcanoes & Earthquakes • Storms – cyclones (hurricanes and typhoons) • Tsunami • Tornadoes • Fire • Flooding • Drought Given the time scale, the information on each is far from comprehensive, both in terms of description and history; but the script aims to give an overall picture – and it is for the teacher to decide whether or not to add additional material. Duration: Reading time around 15 minutes. This does not include any of the music suggestions so overall time around 20 - 25 minutes. *To extend the assembly see notes at the end (additional text taken from Pompeii Up script). Further information could be added from the Volcanoes script (also available off www.plays-r-ussell.com) Please Note: in the case of the purchase of the Volcanoes script and the Pompeii Up script there are extracts from these two already within this Natural Disasters script – i.e. there is duplication. Cast Size 30 – easily adjustable up or down Sample Text: Narrator: A tsunami? Scientist 5: Yes. That’s the Japanese for ‘harbour wave’ – this name originating from the story of village fishermen sailing out to sea but on their return finding their whole village in ruins due to a giant wave. Scientist 6: Course, if you know it’s coming you stand some kind of a chance of getting to safety – like that school girl and her family did, in the upper storey of a nearby building. Scientist 7: This ten year old had learnt in geography about the sucking sound that can be heard just before the giant wave arrives. Narrator: Well! Three cheers for all geography teachers! Education does save lives! Scientist 5: So let us tell you about earthquakes which often cause these tsunamis! Narrator: Oh very well. But briefly please! Scientist 6: What is it with this narrator and time? Anyone would think we were running out of time? (All three scientists suddenly look worried) Scientists 5, 6 & 7: (Together) Are we? Running out of time? Is there something you are not telling us? Narrator: Well, I do have to keep this assembly to within a certain time limit! Scientists 5, 6 & 7: (Sighing heavily) Oh that’s a relief! We thought it might be something serious! Narrator: (Angrily) Er, this is serious, I’ll have you know! Now please, get on with it!
The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes Assembly or Class Play
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The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes Assembly or Class Play

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The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes Assembly or Class Play Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down Duration: 10 - 15 minutes reading time. This does not include music. This is a ‘two versions in one’ script, featuring the flamboyant Adam Ant as the first highwayman to appear (Adam) and Kate Bush as the first Bess (Kate) alongside the two original characters, Highwayman and Bess. (Enter 3 redcoats) Reader 7: ‘A red-coat troop came marching’ Redcoats: (Together) Marching! Marching! Reader 7: ‘King George’s men came marching, up to the old inn-door’ Kate: Oops! (Pointing to Narrator) I don’t think he saw that coming! (To Adam) Best let them continue this melancholy tale. I don’t think we want to be around at the end! (Exit Adam and Kate) Narrator: They were right! I didn’t see that coming! Nor did the landlord and his lovely daughter. Still, if they’re King George’s men, I’m sure they’ll act like gentlemen. (3 redcoats mime drinking action to landlord, who rushes off, returning with 3 large flasks of beer, which redcoats grab and down in one) Reader 8: ‘They said no word to the landlord. They drank his ale instead.’ (3 redcoats grab Bess and tie her to the bed) Reader 9: ‘But they gagged his daughter, and bound her, to the foot of her narrow bed.’ Reader 10: ‘Two of them knelt at her casement, with muskets at their side!’ Reader 11: ‘There was death at every window; And hell at one dark window;’ Reader 12: ‘For Bess could see, through her casement, the road that he would ride.’ Narrator: (Exploding) But that’s terrible! And King’s men, at that! Landlord: Oh you haven’t heard the half of it! Narrator: There’s worse? Landlord: Much worse! Other poems converted into plays by Sue Russell: • Smugglers Song – Rudyard Kipling • If – Rudyard Kipling Also available – a large collection of alternative Shakespeare and fairy tale scripts plus • Take a Book – Different Genres of Writing Assembly • Great British Writers Assembly. This short small cast assembly - 6 speakers (with adaptations for whole class) focuses on the writers *Roald Dahl, C.S. Lewis, A.A. Milne, Lewis Carroll and J.K. Rowling and their books. • Roald Dahl Assembly (Any scripts currently ‘missing’ from TES can be found on www.plays-r-ussell.com)
Butterfly Life Cycle Assembly
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Butterfly Life Cycle Assembly

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Butterfly Life Cycle Assembly This class play was written for 5 – 7 year olds (Key Stage I) as Life Cycles are taught earlier in school - but if anyone wants a script for older children (7 – 11 year olds with a lot more technical information) please let me know. Always happy to write on request. Cast: 7 eggs - 7 caterpillars - 7 pupae - 7 butterflies! Plus one very busy narrator! This class play comes with a FREE set of photos taken at July 2016 Butterfly exhibition at the Natural History Museum, London. Duration: around 10 minutes Cast (of 29) easily adaptable up or down Also available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com: Numerous butterfly scripts and Life Cycle of a Frog (cast including French chef and a Princess!) Sample Text (Enter 7 caterpillars, making loud slurping/munching/eating noises) Narrator: (To audience) Hmm. Something tells me this lot will never go hungry! All 7 caterpillars: (In horror) Hungry? Caterpillar 1: No! Never! Caterpillar 2: How could we ever get hungry? Caterpillar 3: When we just eat all the time! Caterpillar 4: We never stop! Narrator: I can see that! What an appetite you have! Caterpillar 5: Oh yes! We like our food! Caterpillar 6: You try and stop us! Narrator: Oh I wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing! Caterpillar 7: Nah! There’s only one thing that would stop us Narrator: And what would that be? Caterpillar 7: Being eaten up ourselves! Narrator: Ugh! (All 7 caterpillars glare at Narrator) Narrator: (Spluttering) Oh sorry! I mean, I’m sure you’re all very tasty. But er um, what would want to eat you? Caterpillar 1: Birds, that’s what! Caterpillar 2: Horrible Caterpillar 3: Feathery Caterpillar 4: Flying Caterpillar 5: Creatures! Caterpillar 6: (Alarmed) Oh oh! I think I just spotted one! Caterpillar 7: Quick! To the tardis! I mean, chrysalis!
Battle of Hastings Assembly or Class Play
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Battle of Hastings Assembly or Class Play

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Battle of Hastings Assembly or Class Play This script was written by Sue Russell in celebration of The Battle of Hastings' 950th anniversary. What have the most famous cartoon strip in history, a masterpiece of needlework, a distinctly odd bishop, some dodgy family connections, warring Anglo Saxons and Normans, and an arrow in the eye have in common? Correct! They're all part of that famous drama - you know the one, 1066 and all that?! Cast of 30 - easily adapted up or down Duration around 10 - 15 minutes (not including music) Sample Text: Embroiderer 2: Hours and hours of needle in, needle out! Embroiderer 3: (Sarcastically) Wow! Life can’t, surely, get much more exciting than this! Bishop of Bayeux: O dear, dear, dear, dear! I can see something drastic needs to happen round here! How are we going to get you excited about your work? (Enter Edward) Edward: Easy! Let’s just introduce them to some of the characters they are working on! Let them see what we were actually like in the flesh! Bishop of Bayeux: Ah! A splendid idea! And you are? Edward: King Edward the III of England or Edward the Confessor! I’m (Edward walks along work of six Embroiderers, peering down, trying to see himself; he stops abruptly at Embroiderer 4) Edward: Ah yes! Here I am! Dying! Bishop of Bayeux: (Sarcastically) Oh wonderful! Well, that really livens things up for us! Thank you so much! Edward: Oh dear! I didn’t mean to put a dampener on things! (Edward goes back to the line of Embroiderers and this time stops at Embroiderer 1) Edward: Ah now, that’s better! That’s when I’m still king! Alive and kicking! (Edward falls about laughing at his own joke) (Whole cast groans) Bishop of Bayeux: (Aside) Oh dear! I think I preferred him dead!
Australia Assembly
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Australia Assembly

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Australian Assembly In celebration of Australia Day - joint narration by Pom and Swagman - an interesting mix of language and culture! tapping into this great country's history, geography and culture. Cast Size 24 but easily adjustable up or down (information can be split up between several more children taking cast size to 30) Duration Around 10 minutes reading time – this does not include music suggestions and ‘song performances’ Following is a review from publisher contact: A short play giving a lot of information about the land down under: some history, some wildlife, some music and some facts and figures to round it all out. This is another well-presented assembly from Sue Russell. There is the usual large cast size to accommodate a class group, with the many, small parts offset by having the two main characters who are onstage for the majority of the production. There are regular musical interludes to add interest, and any passages that contain recitation of facts, figures or histories are balanced by changing the speakers or having the characters react – I particularly liked the Swagman complaining there was too much dry information. To conclude: a bright, fast overview of a big, big country and a good introduction to a school topic. Sample Text Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our assembly on Australia. (Swagman strolls nonchalantly onto stage, looking around and ‘sizing' everyone up, before going over to Narrator, who is eyeing him cautiously) Swagman: G'day, mate! So what's all this about? Narrator: (Politely) Begging your pardon .. Swagman: (Interrupting) Ah! A Pom! Now how did I guess? Narrator: (Defensively) Something to do with me speaking the Queen's English? And as one of her loyal servants Swagman: (Interrupting) Don't tell me! You're gonna tell all these good folks about life ‘Down Under'? Well, allow me to help out a little. (Turning to Cast) What says you to us livening things up a little around here? (Whole cast nods enthusiastically, relaxing former ‘standing on ceremony' posture) (Swagman walks over to CD player and turns on ‘Down Under' - chorus, children singing and dancing, whilst Narrator looks on in horror) Music 2 - Down Under by Men at Work Narrator: (To Cast) Cut! (To Swagman, irately) Hey! Just what do you think you are doing? I'm in charge here! Swagman: No worries, mate! No need to chuck a wobbly! I was only trying to help. (Pointing to Cast) These guys and Sheilas just looked like they'd enjoy a little taste of the real Oz. Narrator: What? As delivered by a .. by a ... Swagman: Swagman, that's me! And here (taking off bag from his back) .. Meet Matilda!
Comic Relief Assembly
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Comic Relief Assembly

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This assembly, to raise awareness of Comic Relief and its fundraising activities, could be put on any day during the week leading up to Red Nose Day March 15th. Written for a class of 30 (numbers easily adaptable up or down), around 10 mins reading time - optional inclusion of music suggestions including this years's single One Way or Another - its very easy to do and full of awful jokes! Enjoy! And good luck with any fundraising activities - I am wearing a red tutu for a week (in and out of the zumba classes that I teach) - including a night at the opera!! Sue Russell