you have some plays you may use in your classes (download for

The choice of a play
depends mainly on the age group. General
consideration should be given to:

1. Whether the character and atmosphere of the play are appropriate for

the age group. Has the play the depth necessary to appeal to the pupils


2. Whether the piece will help the pupils to differentiate between
right and

wrong, beautiful and ugly;

3. Whether the play transmits knowledge of aspects of nationality,
giving an

experience of a foreign culture.

Fall of Troy – (class 5);

Dick Whittington – a play for class 6 or 7 by Robert Sim,
based on the English
Folk Tale ;

This is a famous nursery story about a
historic figure,
Dick Whittington. Thanks to

the affectionate care of Mr Fitzwarren Dick Whittington, an orphan has
the chance

to stop sleeping rough in the streets as one of the homeless. By
selling his cat in a

foreign land plagued by rats (where cats were unknown) he grows rich.

he becomes Sir Richard Whittington, a historical figure who was Mayor
of London

in 1397, 1406 and 1409 during the reigns of Richard II and Henry IV.
During the

14th and 15th centuries the upper classes referred to buying and
selling for profi t

as ‘achat’, which ordinary people may have
understood as
‘a cat’.

Arthur and Morgana Le Fay (Class 7);

This piece
illustrates the entire development of King Arthur, from the beginning

when he is a young page, to his death at the end of the play. He learns

and resists temptation.

Beetle Tamer

(Class 4)

The story is
about a poor boy named Orfeo, who, because of his love of animals, is

given a ring by a magpie. Whoever owns this ring is allowed to marry
the princess.

However, as Orfeo does not come from a noble family, the king opposes
the match,

but Orfeo proves by his intelligence that he is worthy to become the
husband of the

princess. When her father dies, Orfeo himself becomes king.

You will find in the book Teaching
English to Teens and Preteens

amongst other important topics an
introduction to play-acting in the classroom, a contribution written by
Robert Sim. You can learn about how to introduce a play to the class,
how to allocate the parts etc.

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