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See-Saw Tree, The - Full Length Play, Drama

See-Saw Tree, The

David Wood

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Full Length Play, Drama

16boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780573150173

Book, Music, and Lyrics by David Wood
An ancient oak stands on property earmarked for development into a children's playground. A public meeting is held to discuss cutting down the three hundred year old tree. Members of the council are then seen inside the tree in their equivalent animal forms to show how this will affect the inhabitan…

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The See-Saw Tree looks at an important environmental issue in an entertaining but thought-provoking way. The See-Saw Tree, an ancient oak, stands on ground which is ear-marked for development into a children’s playground by Mr. Jay, owner of the nearby supermarket. A public meeting is called in the village hall to discuss his proposals, which include cutting down the three-hundred-year-old oak tree. The audience votes in favor, but Mr. Bunn, an environmental activist protests and shows us the devastating effect such plans will have on the inhabitants of the tree – the main part of the play tells the story of these creatures (who can be played by their human equivalents), their panic, their resilience and their evacuation from the tree. In the end, the audience is asked to vote whether the See-Saw Tree should be saved or not. 


“The rapt silence of the audience was evidence of the impact the play made … provides an invaluable guideline to the young about the importance of the environment.”The Stage

“As the most successful children’s playwriter of this century, David Wood is trying through entertainment to teach the younger generation to preserve the world they live in and opt for conservation rather than commercial gain … this play provides an invaluable guideline to the young about the importance of the environment.” - The Stage

The See-Saw Tree is a brilliantly inventive, often amusing and sometimes even harrowing work.” - Farnham Post

“Wonderful for children and exciting theatre for the adults …” - Farnham Herald

Commissioned by the Farnham Repertory Company, the play was first performed at the Redgrave Theatre, Farnham in 1986.



16boy(s) or girl(s)


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David Wood

David Wood

David Wood has been called "the national children’s dramatist" (London Times). His plays are performed worldwide, and include The Gingerbread Man, The Plotters of Cabbage Patch Corner, Save the Human, Aladdin, Hijack Over Hygenia, Jack the Lad, Larry the Lamb in Toytown, Old Mother Hubbard and The Ideal Gnome Expedition. Among his adaptations are eight Roald Dahl stories (The BFG, The Twits, The ... view full profile

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