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
wrong, beautiful and ugly;
3. Whether the play transmits knowledge of aspects of nationality,
experience of a foreign culture.
This is a famous nursery story about a
Dick Whittington. Thanks to
the affectionate care of Mr Fitzwarren Dick Whittington, an orphan has
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
in 1397, 1406 and 1409 during the reigns of Richard II and Henry IV.
14th and 15th centuries the upper classes referred to buying and
selling for profi t
as ‘achat’, which ordinary people may have
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.
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
However, as Orfeo does not come from a noble family, the king opposes
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.