Plays

Watch out for sneaky ghosts …

[caption id="attachment_347" align="alignnone" width="430"]The Ghost sneaks up on Gerald The Ghost sneakily sneaks up on Gerald[/caption]

Gorgeous Gerald and the Ghost is short sketch (around 15 minutes) in rhyme and is one of my favourites. It can be dramatised with all the characters taking lines, it can be dramatised with one or more readers and characters acting out the tale, it can be read as a poem, told as a story, you could sing it if you wanted to. It's part of the collection known as 'Perilous Tales' due the astonishing amount of peril it contains. Gorgeous Gerald is gorgeous (as you might expect) and he knows it...

Our story begins One fine sunny day As Gorgeous Gerald On his bed lay He said "Am I not The most gorgeous fellow My lips are so red My hair so yellow My complexion is perfect My body divine There is no body So gorgeously fine" (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Ideas & Inspiration

What Inspiration?

[caption id="attachment_308" align="alignnone" width="500"]Brian de Bergerac  provides inspiration for Henry's story in 'Nuts' Brian de Bergerac provides inspiration for Henry's story in 'Nuts'[/caption] I just sat down at my computer, I looked at the blog wondering what I might write tonight and casually clicked on the category 'inspiration' (next to 'soapbox'). It seemed like the right thing to do. The page I landed on announced 'page or resource not found', which amused me a great deal (I considered leaving it like that forever). So true ..... Then I started typing and a bit further down the page than I am now I did something inexplicable with the shift key and another unknown key in a fateful combination which produced a strange result. I won't go into detail, it was far to traumatic, but happily it resolved itself by deleting everything I had written. Damn you shift key! One minute inspiration appears to emerge from its hiding place and the next it's been 'shifted' elsewhere. I'm now saving the draft every other word ... I don't trust the shift key (shifty jokes are tugging away here, but I'm resisting them bravely - you should thank me for that). (more…)

By Barbara, ago
Plays

Bring children to see Beauty & the Beast!

This is an old post from another blog - but one I thought worth repeating from my soapbox!! 6a00e54fcf73858834017d3e197c7a970c-800wiNot so much an order as a strong suggestion borne out of a great love for ‘children’s stories’ and much less love for the dumbing down of children’s stories…. What am I talking about? Well, time for me to explain exactly where I’m coming from in terms of children’s stories on stage. I have always loved children’s stories, myths, legends, fairy tales – you name it, they’re great! Why? Because they teach us about life in a way that is magical, beautiful, sometimes dark, sometimes quite scary, but always fair with an ending that usually uplifting (there are exceptions, but B&theB isn’t one of them). Bit like life really… Tales differ for ages of course, but there is ALWAYS a message underpinning the tale. Always something to learn, something that teaches us about how to act, how to love and how to live. This is why we should NOT dumb stories down to mere sugary, weak entertainment that does not engage a person (however old) at any level. Children may not sit around in discussion groups afterwards discussing the inner workings of the tale, but they get the message. We all do. (more…)

By Barbara, ago
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