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Young Cast Plays


We have a range of plays for young actors aged approximately between 8 and 16 that are challenging, informative and interesting. Above this age, young people often prefer to appear in titles from our general catalogue.

We don't believe in offering you plays for children that are simplistic and anodyne.
Our view is that your students should be challenged and entertained, hopefully giving them an enduring interest in the performing arts.

Fantasy (One Act)

Molly Whuppie And The Double-Faced Ogre by Ron Nicol

(4m, 3f) 45 mins approx
Molly Whuppie uses her wits to escape an Ogre's clutches, but when Prince Wilfrid falls in love with her, King Walter has better things in mind for his son. He challenges Molly to steal the Ogre's sword, purse and ring of power, hoping she'll become the Ogre's favourite meal - girlie grilled on toast! Hampered by the Prince, Molly sets out on her task. She succeeds and all ends happily - except for the Ogre! (A full length version of this play is available as 'Molly Whuppie')

Youth One Act Fantasy Play: 'The Spiriting Of Burd Ellen' by Ron Nicol

The Spiriting Of Burd Ellen by Ron Nicol

(4m, 3f, 3m/f plus many other characters) 45 mins approx
When his sister Burd Ellen mysteriously disappears, Childe Rowland consults the wizard Merlin, who suspects that she might have been spirited away by Elves. Rowland sets out alone on a perilous journey to the Dark Tower, and after a series of odd encounters in the Land of Faery finally comes face to face with the awesome and all-powerful King of Elfland. Rowland manages to outwit the King and rescue his sister. (A full length version of this play is available as 'Childe Rowland')

Fantasy (Full Length)

Youth Fantasy Play: 'Childe Rowland' by Ron Nicol

Childe Rowland by Ron Nicol

(5m, 9f)
When Burd Ellen mysteriously disappears, Childe Rowland consults the wizard Merlin, who suspects that she might have been spirited away by Elves. Rowland sets out on a perilous – and hilarious - journey to the Dark Tower to rescue his sister. After a succession of odd encounters in the Land of Faery, Rowland enters the Dark Tower – and comes face to face with the awesome and all-powerful King of Elfland.  (A one act version of this play is available as 'The Spiriting Of Burd Ellen')

Youth Comedy Play: 'Molly Whuppie' by Ron Nicol

Molly Whuppie by Ron Nicol

(5m, 9f)
Molly Whuppie uses her wits to escape an Ogre's clutches. When Prince Wilfrid falls in love with her, King Walter challenges Molly to steal the Ogre's sword, purse and ring of power, while Molly’s sisters Mavis and Maisie accompany Queen Wilhelmina’s champion Cuthbert on a quest to capture the Ogre. Though hampered by the hapless Prince, Molly carries out her task and makes a triumphant return to the palace. (A one act version of this play is available as 'Molly Whuppie' And The Double-Faced Ogre')

Drama (One Act)

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Getting The Breaks by Derek Webb

(3m, 3f, with 1 voice)
This is a one act youth play about growing up, the change that young people have to face and how they cope with them. Simply staged, the cast are all teenagers with the exception of Miss Priestley who should be early 20s.  There is also one pre-recorded voice. 

Jessie's Tree by Bev Clark

(11 jnr-m, 11 jnr-f) 55 mins approx Large Cast
A journey through the 20th century, seen through the eyes of young people. Themes of grief, war, growing-up and family history are explored over four time periods: the winter of 1918, the spring of 1940, the summer of 1967 and the autumn of 1999. From the end of the First World War until the dawn of the new Millennium this is a piece for young people aged 11-18 to commemorate and celebrate a century of learning about the way we are all connected.

Kilmainham Kids by Paul Sherman

(3m adult, 3m, 3f juniors) 50 mins approx
The play is set in Dublin’s Kilmainham Gaol, in the 1850s. Six children (ages 10-16) have been imprisoned for nothing worse than trying to stay alive by stealing bread and clothes. One of them has a grievance about another, and demands ‘a trial’. Enter Con Colbert, 1916 uprising rebel, sentenced to be shot. He spends his last moments with the children and affects them all. After his execution, the neat 'time-twist' is revealed that links the two events.

Make Me Invisible by Bev Clark

(2m, 1f with large ensemble cast) 40-45 mins approx Large Cast
From as far back as he can remember the Boy didn’t fit in. He thought the other kids hated him and his mum didn’t understand him. Everything was a struggle. All he wanted was to be invisible. Narrated by the Boy as his older self and his younger self, we see how he views his world of animal gangs and star filled skies. With themes of bullying, isolation and growing up, this is a large ensemble piece with elements of physical theatre for 8-18yr olds.

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The Hard Yards by Tony Layton

(8/9m, 7f, 0/2m/f) Large Cast
Danny is a bright, high achiever and appears to be on track for a successful academic career, but he has to juggle with exam stress, dealing with parents, keeping fit, coming to terms with his own sexuality and getting to know the opposite sex. His strong admiration for Helen changes his life forever when she experiences a profound trauma and, deeply concerned, Danny abandons all conformity. There are two versions : one, has extracts from Shakespeare; the other has no Shakespeare and uses two characters (’Black’ & ‘White’) to symbolise the struggle between good and evil.

 

The Revolutionaries by Phillip J Hoberman

(18m, 6f) Large Cast
An important moment of history is highlighted in ‘The Revolutionaries’. The theme of the play is the fight for power around the time of Lenin's death and takes place in the aftermath of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Lenin knew he was dying and was concerned about who might be his successor. He favoured Trotsky, but as history tells, Stalin was very much in the way.

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The Story Of Kylie And Rick by Tony Layton

(1m, 1f principals, 24 m/f support) Large Cast
Two errant teenagers come to grief after stealing a car with a baby inside. A large cast, no set, play for teenagers that explores the contemporary issues surrounding shoplifting, car theft, breaking and entering etc amongst youngsters with deprived backgrounds.

Drama (Full Length)

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Where You Going, Bobby Fortner? by Robert Witt

(7m, 4f)
Bobby, living in a small American town, discovers that illegal dumping of toxic chemicals is taking place in the local river, but nobody in the town seems to be interested - not even the Sheriff. In passing, he mentions it to his doctor who agrees to help Bobby find the culprits as the town's water supply is at risk. This play for young adults raises topics of the environment, collusion, teenage relationships and trust.

Science Fiction / Ecology (One Act)

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Ragtime Band by Tony Layton

(2m, 2f, 2m/f)
A group of people is trying to exist on the Earth after a non-nuclear holocaust. Their memories and sense of humour help to sustain them, through what is probably the end of civilisation. 'Ragtime Band' can be used as the start of an ecological awareness campaign, or as reinforcement of the issues within existing studies. It has a clear message, starkly portraying a bleak, but not quite hopeless existence, written in an understandable and enjoyable way.