Hero image

Sue Russell's Shop

Average Rating3.70
(based on 44 reviews)

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!

332Uploads

196k+Views

5k+Downloads

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!
School's Out Leavers' Assembly
suesplayssuesplays

School's Out Leavers' Assembly

(1)
School's Out Leavers' Assembly The cast size (30) can easily be adapted up (for a year group) or down, if necessary, to suit class size of less than 30. Duration: Reading time is only about 5 minutes. However, if all 12 songs are used, and say 2 minutes of each are performed, then this takes performance up to around 30 minutes. This is a rough figure depending heavily on how much of each song is used. What does it take to put a smile on those Year 6 faces? Maybe a large dose of great music and some equally great performances .... by the staff?! The lengths teachers will go to - or are we all really just frustrated rock stars underneath?! Easy to produce, great fun to do! Sample Text: Music 1 Yesterday – Beatles (Children file into places, singing as they come in and become seated; at the end of the song, all sit disconsolately, hanging heads in misery; group of teachers stand to one side, listening to their students) Teacher 1: What a beautiful song! Teacher 2: But why the long faces? Teacher 3: Why so sad? Teacher 4: What have you got to feel sad about? Teacher 5: This is your last day at school! Wouldn’t a better choice of music be …? Music 2 School’s Out – Alice Cooper (Teachers sing and perform really ‘over the top’ version of song; students look on in horror) Child 1: And they called us ‘sad’? Child 2: ‘Sad’ has to be the understatement of the year! Child 3: I’d say more like – ‘tragedy’! Teacher 6: (Beaming from ear to ear) Now you’re talking! Music 3 Tragedy – Steps or Bee Gees (Teachers again sing and perform totally ‘over the top’ version of the song; students increasingly alarmed) Child 4: Stop! Stop! Have you all taken leave of your senses? Teacher 7: Well, this is supposed to be a leavers’ assembly, isn’t it? (All teachers fall about laughing) Child 5: But guess what? It’s supposed to be our leavers’ assembly, not yours! Child 6: Yeah! You’ll all still be here this time next year! Child 7: Not like us! Child 8: We’re the ones leaving! Child 9: Not you! Teacher 8: So, why aren’t you celebrating? Other Leavers Assemblies by Sue Russell: It’s Good to be Me Leavers Assembly Leavers Assembly for Year 6s Our School’s Got Talent Leavers Assembly Olympics Leavers Assembly
Volcanoes Assembly or Class Play
suesplayssuesplays

Volcanoes Assembly or Class Play

(0)
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)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - An alternative version
suesplayssuesplays

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - An alternative version

(0)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland Take Two - or The Trial of Alice (An alternative version) Insolent, conceited, insensitive, stupid, cruel, dishonest .... surely not the Alice that Lewis Carroll gave us? Read on to find out how false fiction can be in this alternative take on one of our best loved classics. In this one Alice is facing those animals she met ‘down the rabbit hole’ on her first visit – in court! See how she fares under the pressure of the justice system – Wonderland-Style! PLEASE NOTE: This is not a re-telling of the original story. Cast of 30. Duration: Longer version around 20 - 25 minutes; Shorter version around 15 – 20 minutes. Sample Script: Alice: Now look! There’s been some terrible mistake! I’m here to be queen, not prisoner! (Whole court erupts in laughter) Queen: (Holding her sides) Oh dear! This really is turning out to be the funniest day of my life! King: Totally priceless, my dear! Alice: (Sobbing) No! No! This can’t be happening. White Rabbit will tell you it as it is! (White Rabbit just shrugs his shoulders) Alice: Oh no! This has got to be a bad dream I’ll wake up from in a minute! (Alice pinches herself and then cries even more) (Mouse, Duck and Dodo stand up) Mouse: Oh oh! She’s making one of those lakes again! Duck: That’s how she caught us out last time! Dodo: Playing the innocent! Mouse: And then scaring me to death with stories of that cat! Alice: You mean, Dinah? (Mouse starts screaming; other two get him to sit down) Duck: (To King) You see what I mean? Dodo: Ah! She’s not going to get away with it a second time! (King gestures for both to sit down) Alice: Get away with what? Queen: (To King) Does it matter? Off with her head! Alice: I was wondering when you were going to get round to saying that! King: Oh! The cheek! (To jurors) Please note. Offence Number one – Threatening Behaviour Alice: But I King: Offence Number Two – Interrupting Alice: But that’s not fair! King: Offence Number Three – Whingeing and complaining Alice: Hey, wait a minute King: Offence Number Four – Speaking out of turn (Alice is about to say something else but White Rabbit rushes over and puts his paw over her mouth) Queen: (To White Rabbit) Thank you! She really doesn’t know when to shut up, does she? King: No my dear! Not at all like you! Queen: Not at all! Alice: Huh! That’s a joke! Queen: (Screaming) Off with her head! Off with her head! (King ‘calms her down’ before addressing jurors again, both scribbling away trying to keep up) King: Make that Offence Number Five – Being Insolent and Rude and Juror 1: Please slow down a bit. Juror 2: We’re not used to as many offences as this!
Rio 2016 Olympic Performance Poem
suesplayssuesplays

Rio 2016 Olympic Performance Poem

(0)
Rio 2016 Olympic Ode Suggestions on how to use This poem is made up of three parts, taken from the three words of the Olympic Motto - Citius, Altius, Fortius: I. Faster II. Higher III. Stronger Each part is made up of six verses (with chorus to start and/or finish) 18 speakers - 1 verse each, with whole class reading the chorus. 21 speakers - 1 verse each (for 18), plus chorus at the beginning of each part 24 speakers - 1 verse each (for 18), plus chorus at the beginning and end of each part 30 speakers - As for 24 speakers but including six extra verses provided at the end of III, made up of three winners and three losers. I. Faster Chorus Faster, higher, stronger, Olympic champions, we. Faster, higher, stronger, That's all we want to be! Runner 1: The training's over We're on the track We're primed for action There's no looking back. Runner 2: On your marks Get set, go! It's now or never We can't be slow. Other scripts available from Sue Russell: ASSEMBLIES 1. Brazil Host Country to 2016 Rio Olympics 2. Olympics PRIDE Assembly (PSHE 'team spirit' script) 3. Olympic Games 2016 Leavers Assembly 4. Rio 2016 Olympic Games Assembly - covering all 28 sports 5. History of the Olympics Assembly 6. Rio 2016 Olympic Games Assembly: history and events - combined script including Olympic Ode 7. Olympics Assembly for Key Stage 1 Rio 2016 8. Paralympics 2016 Assembly GUIDED READING SCRIPTS 1. A Complete History of the Olympic Games Guided Reading Scripts plus quizzes - set of 8 scripts, plus quizzes 2. Olympics PRIDE Guided Reading QUIZ Rio 2016 Olympic Games Quiz - 100 questions and answers!
Comic Relief Assembly
suesplayssuesplays

Comic Relief Assembly

(3)
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
Natural Disasters Assembly or Class Play
suesplayssuesplays

Natural Disasters Assembly or Class Play

(1)
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!
Cinderella Play Cast of 6 an alternative version
suesplayssuesplays

Cinderella Play Cast of 6 an alternative version

(0)
Cinderella Play - alternative version of the original Brothers Grimm version This is one of a set of 'alternative' fairy tales based on those written by Brothers Grimm but re-written, just as they did, by Sue Russell! This alternative Cinderella play can be used for performance or as a guided reading text. Cast size and Duration Cast of 6, reading time around 10 minutes Purchase includes: Synopsis of original fairy tale, play script, teaching input, discussion and suggested follow up activities. Other cast of 6 alternative plays: Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel - Cinderella also available as assembly/class play cast size 30 (easily adaptable up or down) long with Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. Snow White also available as a pantomime - cast of 30 or 60. Sample Text: Narrator: You may have a point! And maybe now, we can all take a slightly more laid back approach to life! Step Sister 1: Oh you’re talking about that exercise regime! Step Sister 2: Dragging Cinders along to the gym every day! Cinderella: Oh don’t you worry about that. Now I have my prince, I have a bit more of a reason to stay fit! Fairy Godmother: And stay away from those doughnuts Step Sister 1 & 2: (Together) Please! Cinderella: Oh no worries there. I guess that was just a case of comfort eating. I’m way happier now (pauses) and it’s not just because I have found my prince Prince: Oh really? Cinderella: Yeah. No offence but I want to stay fit for me – not for anyone else! I want to feel good – inside and out; and that means regular exercise and not binge-eating on doughnuts! I don’t need to anymore. I can see the bigger picture! Narrator: Wow! That’s amazing! (Pauses) Are you sure you haven’t been put up to this by Weight Watchers? Cinderella: (Laughing) No way! Or should I say, no weigh! Fairy Godmother: (Applauding) So good to see you haven’t lost your sense of humour, Cinders! But on a serious note, what you have just said is so important, I think we need to say it again. Right, girls? Step Sisters 1 & 2: Right, Fairy Godmother! Step Sister 1: Staying fit, staying healthy is great. Step Sister 2: But it’s not just about looking great on the outside. Cinderella: No, it’s just as important to feel good on the inside.
Friendship Play based on Wind in the Willows
suesplayssuesplays

Friendship Play based on Wind in the Willows

(0)
Friendship Play based on Wind in the Willows This script has a cast of 6 - the characters from Wind in the Willows giving advice on the subject of friendship. It can be used for performance (with music suggestions) or as a guided reading or Readers Theater script i.e. just for use within the classroom. Whilst there are clear literary links - with the classic by Kenneth Clarke - it is equally a PSHE resource, with additional teaching notes at the end focusing on what friendship is, the different types of friendship, what makes a good friend and how to cope when you do not have a friend. Duration: around 5 - 10 minutes reading plus teaching/discussion time (the latter obviously open-ended). Sample Text: Badger: It’s just as well you have such understanding friends. You don’t deserve them. Toad: (Tearfully) Oh I know! There I go again! I really can’t stop myself, sometimes! Badger: Sometimes? Ratty: Make that, pretty much all the time! Mole: Oh, but he does have some very fine qualities. Toad: Indeed! Intelligence, wit, Badger: (Shouting) Toad! Toad: What? What? Badger: You’re off again! Blowing your own trumpet! Toad: Well, someone has to! Badger: But not you – all the time! Mole: Oh Toad. I think you’re a very fine creature Ratty: Mole! You’re too kind! Badger: Way too kind! Child: But it’s nice he’s standing up for his friend! Narrator: Yes, he’s doing what all good friends do. Toad: Looking out for me. Thanks, Mole! Mole: My pleasure! I know you’d do the same for me! Badger: Huh! Providing he wasn’t too busy! Toad: Well, I know I’m not perfect. (Pauses) Well, not far off Badger: (Warningly) Toad! Toad: OK! OK! But you do all still love me, right? Mole: Of course we do! Ratty: Though you don’t always make it easy for us! Badger: You can say that again! Mole: We’ll always be there for you, Toad. Isn’t that right, Ratty? Ratty: (Sighing) I guess! That is what friends are for. Standing by each other. Toad: Excellent! After all, I am rather a splendid creature! Badger: (Angrily) Toad! Do you never learn? Many other PSHE scripts on such themes as bullying, self-esteem, mutual respect etc and cast of 6 plays available from TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com
Skeleton and Muscles Assembly or Class Play
suesplayssuesplays

Skeleton and Muscles Assembly or Class Play

(0)
Skeleton and Muscles Assembly or Class Play Suitable for Key Stage II (Years 3 & 4) As our Narrator finds out, ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’, however beautifully sung, is never going to ‘do it’ - not with an X-Ray Technician, Doctor and Physiotherapist around! And as for Halloween skeletons? Nah! Not if the bones are on the outside! Cast of 30 - easily adapted up or down. Duration - around 15 to 20 minutes. Sample Text: (Enter X-Ray Technician who takes one look at the ‘skeletons’ and falls about laughing) Skeleton 1: Hey! What’s so funny? X-Ray Technician: Well, to be honest (pauses) you! Skeleton 2: Hey! There’s nothing wrong with us! Skeleton 3: You’re not laughing at our costumes, are you? X-Ray Technician: Well, I’m guessing they’re from last year’s Halloween? Skeletons 1, 2 & 3: (Together, angrily) So? X-Ray Technician: So, you can’t expect to be taken seriously! Skeleton 1: And why not? X-Ray Technician: Well, has anybody ever told you, human beings have endoskeletons? Skeletons 1, 2 & 3: (Together) Endoskeletons? X-Ray Technician: Yes, that means skeletons inside the body! That’s what makes my job so important! Skeleton 2: And that job is? X-Ray Technician: (Holding up an x-ray) I’m an X-Ray Technician. I can see inside your body! (Skeletons all gasp and cross their hands in front of their bodies) X-Ray Technician: (Laughing) No! Not with my naked eyes. But I can see every bone there is to see, with my special x-ray machinery! Narrator: Aha! Some educational content! At last! I was beginning to worry! X-Ray Technician: Oh no need to worry! With a little bit of help from your class, we’ll have everyone talking bones in no time! Narrator: Well, that would be useful, I suppose. Our school science equipment certainly doesn’t run to x-ray machines! X-Ray Technician: Of course not! And way too dangerous to have within a school building! Narrator: But we do teach the children about their bodies. To a very high level in fact. (Narrator gestures for Child 1, 2 & 3 to step forward) So, children. What have you learnt so far? (Child 1, 2 and 3 launch into a lively version of ‘Head Shoulders Knees and Toes’; Narrator looks on smiling, whilst X-Ray Technician holds his head in bemusement) (Narrator, seeing the ever increasing look of bemusement on X-Ray Technician’s face, stops the singing) Narrator: (To X-Ray Technician) What is the matter? Also available www.plays-r-ussell.com : • Teeth and Eating Assembly/Class Play – based on Unit 3A. Plus • Assembly/Class Play for Year 5s and 6s on What Makes a Healthy Body
Rapunzel play cast of 6 an alternative version
suesplayssuesplays

Rapunzel play cast of 6 an alternative version

(0)
Rapunzel play cast of 6 - alternative version of the original Brothers Grimm version This is one of a set of 'alternative' fairy tales based on those written by Brothers Grimm - whom I'm guessing would by now be looking more than just a bit grim! Our play hardly sticks to the script. As with the others in this collection, the endings are just a little different! This alternative Rapunzel play (cast of 6) can be used for performance or as a guided reading text. The Wicked Witch might seem an unlikely heroine - but who else is going to accompany Rapunzel on her shopping trip? This version turns 'original' on its head giving us a truly alternative take on things. Cast size and Duration Cast of 6, reading time approximately 10 minutes Purchase includes: Synopsis of original fairy tale, play script, teaching input, discussion and suggested follow up activities. Other cast of six plays available in this series: Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella and Rumpelstiltskin; Snow White, Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella are also available as assemblies, cast size 30 (easily adaptable up or down). Snow White also available as a pantomime. Sample Text (Enter Wicked Witch – Narrator gestures for audience to boo and hiss) Wicked Witch: (Angrily) Now wait just one moment! Who’s in the wrong here? (Wicked Witch points to couple) Wicked Witch: Them or me? Narrator: (Puzzled) Sorry? Wicked Witch: Oh you will be! Along with these two – or should I say, three? Father: (To Wicked Witch) How dare you threaten my wife and unborn child! Wicked Witch: (To Father) So! Just to set the record straight. Have you or have you not just helped yourself to my rampion? Father: (Spluttering) Well, I er Wicked Witch: And is this or is this not the second time you have climbed over my wall and trespassed on my property? Father: Well, um Wicked Witch: Guilty! On both counts! And not even brave enough to admit to it! So who’s the bad one now?
Peter and the Wolf short play
suesplayssuesplays

Peter and the Wolf short play

(0)
Peter and the Wolf – an adaptation, suitable for Readers Theatre, Guided Reading or as a Short Play Cast of 10 Narrator Peter Grandfather Duck Little Bird Cat Wolf Hunters – 1, 2 and 3 Duration: Around 10 minutes not including teaching input and discussion which will add at least another 15 minutes. This script has simple text, suitable for Lower Key Stage II (7 – 10 year olds); and can be just a straightforward reading or ‘instrumentalized’ – as per the original, as explained in the Production Notes. Sample Text Narrator: (Coughing) Well, we are going to try and tell some of that tale (Aside) That’s if this lot let me get a word in edgeways! Peter: So, that’s everyone introduced! Let’s get on with the action! Grandfather: (Grumbling) Always so headstrong! So Narrator: (Interrupting) Yes, you certainly had your work cut out with that one! Grandfather: You can say that again! Never listened to a word I said Peter: Oh, but that’s not true, Gramps! I did listen – it’s just, I er, well Little Bird: Kept forgetting? Cat: (Sarcastically) Bit of a bird brain? Duck: (Angrily) Careful what you say! Wolf: (Snarling) Or? Or what, little duck? Narrator: (Intervening quickly) Now, now! No need for Hunter 1: Violence! Hunter 2: Aggression! Hunter 3: Foul play! Duck: (Repeating) Foul play? I hope not Little Bird: (Interrupting) No, not fowl play! Foul play! With a ‘u’! Narrator: Which is all very interesting, but Grandfather: Look! Whilst you’ve all been twittering on, my grandson has escaped
Poinsettia A Christmas Story from Mexico
suesplayssuesplays

Poinsettia A Christmas Story from Mexico

(0)
Poinsettia A Christmas Story From Mexico This play is based on a Mexican legend explaining the miracle of the Poinsettia. It can be used as an assembly using 7 children, or it can be used within the classroom as a guided reading script. Other Christmas scripts written by Sue Russell are available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com This play's message: Love is the greatest gift of all. Sample text: Pepita: I know! I can see now I had nothing to feel lowly about. But I would still so like to have something to give Him! Pedro: So, what's stopping you? Pepita: But I have no money! (Pedro points to the wild flowers growing at the side of the road) Pedro: Since when did they cost anything? (Pepita scoops up a handful of weeds and arranges them into a bouquet) Pepita: You're right! A present fit for a king! Pedro: Indeed. So, now can we relax and enjoy our Christmas Eve together? Pepita: You bet! I can't wait to lay my bouquet at the altar! How proud I am going to feel! Pedro: That's the happiest you've sounded all day! Good for you, Pepita! And don't forget my other words to you, when we get there! Pepita: (Joyfully) I won't! Thank you so much, dear coz! Narrator: So the two cousins continued their walk, and it wasn't long before they came to their church. Once inside they were joined by some other children with their gifts. Child 1: Just look at the fancy bows, on my present. Must have taken my mum hours to put this lot together. Child 2: Same with mine. This red ribbon must have cost a fortune! Child 3: My mum always buys the finest ribbon in town. (Holds up present and peers at it quizzically) Course, I have absolutely no idea what is on the inside! Child 1: As if that matters! Child 2: Just as long as it looks good! (Enter kindly old priest, who bustles up to waiting children) Priest: Happy Christmas to you, children! How nice to see you!
Fear Factor script/discussion FREE
suesplayssuesplays

Fear Factor script/discussion FREE

(0)
The Fear Factor including discussion and Chicken Licken script As I think the all prevailing feeling at the moment is one of fear and apprehension, I would like to offer the following script on handling fear FREE – in the hope that it will be instrumental in distilling some of that fear we are dealing with or at least give us strategies to cope with it. The script/discussion piece (which can be read between 2 readers or 30 as the speakers are non-specific) looks at what fear is, what causes it and how we can best deal with different types of fear. There is a mini script – on Chicken Licken to add a bit of light relief – but the extended script is a discussion covering all the points just mentioned. There is no mention of Coronovirus although some of the fear mentioned is related to this fear of the unknown – but I decided there is plenty enough information out there at the moment, not to go into it all over again. One of the points I make is that fear is lessened by having the correct information and this is probably the closest I get to referring to our current situation. It is there, implicit in the script – but as it is written for all ages including primary school children, the subject of Coronovirus is, I feel, best dealt with on a face to face, discretionary basis. I do not wish to add to the current atmosphere of fear – that would be doing the opposite of what I wish to achieve with this script. Duration: Around 20 minutes (including ‘discussion script’) Cast: Chicken Licken script (10 mins) has cast of 10; but discussion could be just between 2 readers or 30 depending on how it is used – at home or in the classroom. I am also working on a HOME SCHOOLING package on my website www.plays-r-ussell.com – which I will make available to TES once I have got it sorted. I have a large collection of ‘readers theatre’ or guided reading scripts for small numbers of readers, which cover pretty much all subjects – History, Geography, Literature – and may help during this difficult period. I will be reducing all these products’ prices by 50% (unless, like me you are now down to zero salary – in which case please contact me via my website and I will see what I can do). Sample Text: Speaker 11: I will! It’s good to know there is something I can do about my anxiety and fear. Narrator: I think you just hit the nail on the head! Fear is so often generated by fear of not being able to do anything about it – that whatever we are afraid of is out of our control. Speaker 12: It’s almost fear of fear! Narrator: Yes, it can escalate fast. Fear does seem to feed on fear – a bit like in that Chicken Licken story, when one small comment got everyone all wound up and fearful Speaker 13: And nobody stopped to ask for a proper explanation. It was a bit like a ‘panic train’ – everyone jumping on board!
FREE Home School VIncent Van Gogh 2 speakers
suesplayssuesplays

FREE Home School VIncent Van Gogh 2 speakers

(0)
Let’s Meet Series (so far) 2 speakers (famous person plus interviewer) 5 minutes reading time (not including quizzes) • Boudicca • Alfred the Great • Henry VIII • Henry VIII – 2 scripts & 2 quizzes: Wives The Reformation • Elizabeth I • Florence Nightingale • Vincent Van Gogh (10 minutes plus story) Plus scripts between • Queen Victoria and Elizabeth I • Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole This series of reading texts based on famous characters – past and present –will include monarchs, adventurers, poets, inventors, politicians, space explorers with two objectives: To Bring History Alive (as with my plays) To make reading a more lively, interactive experience – for both student and teacher Also available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com Vincent Van Gogh Monologue plus quiz and discussion suggestions Sample Text Vincent: My life? You really think anyone wants to hear about the life of a madman, a loser? Interviewer: So, you really think to have produced over two thousand works of art, that makes you a loser? Vincent: And the lunatic bit? Sample Text 2 Vincent Van Gogh – Tortured Genius Short Story - Stepping out from the picture So, there I was, standing in front of this painting at the National Gallery … when I suddenly felt I was not alone. This was a bit strange, as I had taken great pains to visit the gallery at a time when normally there is nobody else there. So, who was this other visitor, who had so quietly and unexpectedly invaded my space?
Christmas Advent Calendar Assembly
suesplayssuesplays

Christmas Advent Calendar Assembly

(0)
Christmas Advent Calendar Assembly 25 pictures representing 25 aspects of Christmas. Each has a short accompanying explanation plus ten carols. Cast size is 26 - Narrator plus 25 children; but this script can also be used by a year group - additional children used to read lines from The Night Before Christmas, additional jokes (available from free section) and the acting out of a mini Nativity play at the end - Dec. 20 - 25. Duration around 15 - 20 minutes - easily adjustable up (extra jokes, carols, etc) or down. Reading Time: Approx 5 - 10 minutes Other Christmas scripts written by Sue Russell available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com Sample Text Cast: Narrator plus Children showing ‘Window pictures’ for 25 Calendar Days: December 1 – 25 (See Production Notes at the end for list of days/accompanying pictures that children will hold up) Music 1 Once in Royal David’s City (First verse sung by soloist and then rest of children joining in, as whole cast files in) Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our Assembly on (Children holding up Advent Calendars) Whole Cast: Christmas Advent Calendars! Narrator: So. Let’s start with the meaning of Advent. (Child 1 holds up picture of Advent Wreath with 4 Candles) Child 1: Advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’ meaning arrival - the arrival of Christmas through the birth of Christ. The wreath is a symbol of never-ending love, and the 4 candles represent the 4 Sundays before Christmas. (Child 2 holds up picture of a Christmas tree, covered in lights) Child 2: The Christmas tree represents everlasting life. The needles point up to heaven and the lights are the stars of heaven. (Child 3 holds up picture of Christmas decorations) Child 3: We put up Christmas decorations in our homes. (Child 4 holds up picture of Holly and Ivy) Child 4: These include such greenery as Holly and Ivy. Music 2 The Holly and the Ivy (Whole cast singing) (Child 5 holds up picture of Poinsettia) Child 5: The Poinsettia is a traditional Christmas plant from Mexico where a legend tells of the miracle of some weeds turning into beautiful red, star-shaped plants when they were placed on an altar near the baby Jesus.
Judaism Class Play or Assembly
suesplayssuesplays

Judaism Class Play or Assembly

(0)
Judaism Class Play or Assembly Approximate duration: 10 minutes Cast of 30 (may be easily reduced by doubling up) This play all about the Jewish faith, features: Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Moses, Pharaoh, David, King Saul, Goliath, Solomon and Judas Maccabaeus - plus children providing background information on history, festivals, customs, etc. Also available off TES or www.plays-r-ussell.com : • Hanukkah Class Play • 6 speaker script on the 5 major religions of the world, each representative interviewed by an atheist, who has equal respect for all 5, and is instrumental in relaying the central message - which is that there is plenty of room for all religions to exist and how their differences should be celebrated whilst noting just how much they actually have in common. Sample text Narrator: Thank you! And so the Israelites found themselves back in the Promised Land. (Enter David) David: Back in Canaan, from where that nomadic tribe of Hebrews had set off all those years ago! A happy return! Narrator: And you, King David, made Jerusalem your capital. (Enter King Saul) King Saul: Hey! Not so fast! I was the first king! David: But who was it that killed not just thousands, but tens of thousands of the enemy? King Saul: Show off! Just because I allowed you to take on (Sound of grunting and stamping as ‘giant' Goliath stomps on) Goliath: Me! (Bracing muscles) The mighty Goliath! Champion fighter of the Philistines! Come on, you cowardly Israelites! Who is man enough to face me? (King Saul pushing David forward) King Saul: Well, go on, then! What are you waiting for? Here! Take my helmet, suit of armour and sword! (Laughing) What are you going to fight him with otherwise? Your bare hands?
Little Red Riding Hood play an alternative version cast of 6
suesplayssuesplays

Little Red Riding Hood play an alternative version cast of 6

(0)
Little Red Riding Hood Play cast of 6 – an alternative version of the Brothers Grimm version of the Fairy Tale This is one of a set of 'alternative' fairy tales based on those written by Brothers Grimm - but re-written, just as they did! These include Rumpelstiltskin, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel and Cinderella - all very alternative! This alternative Little Red Riding Hood play can be used for performance or as a guided reading text. Cast of 6, reading time approximately 10 - 15 minutes Purchase includes: Synopsis of original fairy tale, play script, teaching input, discussion and suggested follow up activities. Cinderella, Snow White and Sleeping Beauty scripts are also available as assemblies, cast size 30 (easily adaptable up or down) Sample Text Little Red Riding Hood: But Grandma, what big ears you’ve got! Narrator: All the better to hear you with! (Aside) Oh! This is even better than I thought! I’m an absolute natural. I can hear that phone ringing now ‘Would you be available to star in the West End next week? We’ve heard such glowing reports about ..’ Little Red Riding Hood: Hey! Wait a minute! Narrator: No! No! What about the teeth? Little Red Riding Hood: Oh! OK. Now you come to mention it, they do need a bit of a clean! Narrator: No! No! Stick to the script! Little Red Riding Hood: Oh you mean, ‘But Grandma, what big teeth you’ve got’? Narrator: (Growling) All the better to eat you with! Little Red Riding Hood: (Nonchalantly) Yeah, right! Narrator: Hey! You’re meant to scream and run away! Little Red Riding Hood: Oh really? Narrator: Can’t you see, I’m not your grandma but a wicked wolf, come to eat you? Little Red Riding Hood: Well, the wolf in the woods seemed harmless enough; and (Little Red Riding Hood removes Narrator’s mask) I’ve been to enough bad school plays to realise you’re not the real thing! (Enter Wolf, growling savagely) Wolf: Whereas I am! (Little Red Riding Hood screams) (Enter Grandmother) Grandmother: Oh really, Little Red Riding Hood! Do you have to make all this noise? Little Red Riding Hood: But there’s a wolf in here! Can’t you see? And anyway, aren’t you meant to be unwell? Grandmother: Oh that’s just your mother, making a fuss as usual. Nothing wrong with me! Wolf: Well, that’s where I’m afraid we disagree! Grandmother: (Indignantly) Pardon? Narrator: Yes, I’m with the wolf on this one!
Poles Assembly on the Arctic and Antarctica
suesplayssuesplays

Poles Assembly on the Arctic and Antarctica

(0)
'Poles Apart' - an Assembly on The Arctic and Antarctica With cast size of 30 and running time around 15-20 mins, this assembly is divided into five main sections: 1. Children 1 – 14 deliver facts about the Poles – focusing on the differences between them. There are also facts on how the Antarctic and Arctic get their names; what is sea ice and information on icebergs; human life and what wildlife exists and how it is adapted to surviving the extreme cold. 2. Six polar animals 3. Scientist’s explanation of global warming 4. Five explorers – conflicts arising from race to be first to the Poles 5. Jokes – as delivered by Wacky Scientists 1, 2 and 3 Sample Text Narrator: So, take a deep breath (Scientist draws his breath in deeply) Narrator: And tell us, as calmly as you can, about this global warming. Should we really be spending so much time worrying about all this … all this .. ice? Scientist: Oh yes. We certainly should! This sea ice you’ve been talking about has a huge influence on our world climate. It’s bright surface reflects sunlight back into space which is why it stays so cold at the Poles. But if temperatures continue to rise, more melting of sea ice will take place (Scientist gasps for breath as he becomes increasingly agitated) so there will be fewer bright surfaces to reflect the sun’s rays, so the earth will get warmer, more ice will melt, sea levels will rise, (Scientist collapses, gasping) Are you getting the picture? Narrator: Yes, yes. What did I say about keeping calm? At times of crisis, one should always keep calm. You could perhaps learn a thing or two from these gents (Scientist stands to the side and watches as the explorers take to the stage) (Enter explorers: Amundsen, carrying flag ‘First to the South Pole’, followed by Scott and Shackleton; Scott tries to push past Amundsen, to get on first) Amundsen: Hey! Hey! What’s the hurry, Scott? You still trying to beat me to first place? ‘Fraid you missed last time - by over a month! Other Geographical Scripts written by Sue Russell are (complete collection available off www.plays-r-ussell.com) • Assemblies on different countries - England, Scotland, Wales, Great Britain, Holland, Australia, France, Spain, Malta, Africa and India • *Ocean Assembly • *Jawesome Jury • Our Planet – different habitats and how they are affected by man • Around the World in 20 Minutes – 7 continents and 5 oceans • Volcanoes Assembly • Rainforest Assembly • Travel Show Assembly (Holiday Show Assembly) • Airport Assembly • Dance Around the World
Nursery Rhymes Assembly Extended Version
suesplayssuesplays

Nursery Rhymes Assembly Extended Version

(0)
Nursery Rhymes Assembly Extended Version Cast of 25 - easily adjusted up or down Duration - 15 - 20 minutes This is the original 10 Nursery Rhyme script with another 10 added on (Please note - the first half of this extended assembly is taken from the original script of 10 - so do not buy both scripts!) I have suggested that as 20 nursery rhymes may be deemed a few too many for Key Stage One, this script could actually be used by Key Stage II – or even a mixture of the two key stages, in collaboration. Of course, the option to take out as many nursery rhymes as you like is there, so reducing script to a perhaps more manageable length. Sample Text (Whole cast recites/sings rhyme) Hot cross buns! Hot cross buns! One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns! If you have no daughters given them to your sons One a penny, two a penny, Hot cross buns! (Exit Baker with empty tray) Narrator: Well, really! Just because I didn’t have any money! (Enter mother carrying a baby; mother continues to hold and rock baby during recital/singing of this rhyme) Hush a bye baby On the tree top. When the wind blows The baby will rock. When the bough breaks The cradle will fall. And down will fall baby Cradle and all. (Exit mother carrying baby) Narrator: (Sighing with relief) Phew! I’m so glad that one wasn’t acted out! (Whole cast jumps to their feet) Narrator: Oh oh! Something tells me this lot (pointing to cast) want some action! (Whole cast recites rhyme whilst doing all the actions; or ten children performing at the front) One, two, Buckle my shoe; Also available from TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com – Nursery Rhyme Assembly for Key Stage I – just 10 nursery rhymes, 5 – 10 minutes duration.
Snow White Pantomime
suesplayssuesplays

Snow White Pantomime

(0)
Snow White Pantomime This pantomime can be 10 minutes, 35-45 minutes or an hour long! It can also be for a cast of 30 or 60! All explained in copious Production Notes - no stone left unturned in this one! Arguably the most versatile pantomime out! Originally written for cast of 30, as a simple production, it now comes as an all dancing all singing panto - with an additional 22 elves, Rudolf, Santa and a few reindeer thrown in! This is a Snow White as you've never seen it - twists and surprises all along the way, perhaps some of the worst jokes you'll hear this year - and what about The Mirror ... checking out Facebook!?! Other Christmas scripts written by Sue Russell available off TES and www.plays-r-ussell.com Sample Text: Snow White: Scene 3 Back at the Palace (Mirror awaiting arrival of Wicked Queen, scanning pages of Facebook on laptop computer) Mirror: (Excitedly) Wahoo! Go Snow White! Now, there’s a girl who’s come out of her shell! (Enter Wicked Queen – loud hisses from cast – Snow White encouraging audience to join in) Wicked Queen: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Who is the fairest of them all? Music 7: James Blunt You’re Beautiful (Mirror singing out the chorus) Wicked Queen: (Impatiently) Yes, yes. I know! But am I THE most beautiful? Mirror: You, my queen, are fairest of all … (Wicked Queen leaps around triumphantly) Mirror: But .. (Wicked Queen stops abruptly, and screams) Wicked Queen: What do you mean, ‘but’? Mirror: (Indignantly) Well, if you’d just let me finish .. Wicked Queen: (Screaming) Why the ‘but’? Why the ‘but’? Mirror: (Apologetically) Snow White is still just that tincy wincy bit fairer than you! Wicked Queen: But how can that be? She’s dead! Mirror: Not according to Facebook, she’s not! You want to take a look at these pictures! Talk about party creature! This one sure knows how to enjoy herself – over fifty men guests at her place last time I looked! Wicked Queen: Good grief! That doesn’t sound like the Snow White I know! Perhaps she’s becoming more like her step mother after all! Fifty fellas, eh? Where did you say this party was? Mirror: Deep in the forest, somewhere called Dwarf Den. Sounds a bit of a dive – do you really want to go there? Wicked Queen: What? And miss a party? You know me better than that! (Aside) Course, for the sake of our story, my reasons for going are strictly business - to finish off Snow White. But hey! Why not have a little fun on the way?