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Beware the Jabberwock - Short Play, Comedy

Beware the Jabberwock

Ron Nicol

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Short Play, Comedy

1m, 3f, 12boy(s) or girl(s)

ISBN: 9780874402155

Emma and Lucy are lost in Tulgey Wood, a mysterious forest full of weird and wonderful creatures. Joined by intrepid but hapless knight Percy, they come face to face with the awesome Jabberwock - and then Lucy is bandersnatched! Eventually the Jabberwocks terrible secret is revealed, and the children find out what "frumious" really means.

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Description

Short Play

Comedy

Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales

40 minutes

Settings Of Play - Fantasy forest setting - as simple or as elaborate as desired

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission

Exterior Set, Bare Stage/Simple Set, Opportunity for Spectacle

Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences, Young Children (Age 2 - 5), Children (Age 6 - 10)

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Elementary School / Primary, Jr High/Primary, High School/Secondary, Community Theatre

Finalist! 2006 Drama Association of Wales One Act Playwriting Competition, Youth Section
Finalist! 2006 Scottish Community Drama Association Play on Words One Act Playwriting Competition, Youth Section

Emma and Lucy are lost in Tulgey Wood, a mysterious forest full of weird and wonderful creatures. Trying to find their way home, they encounter boisterous Toves and anxious Raths, receive a warning from the refined and snobbish Borogroves about the deadly Jubjub Bird, and are stalked by the frumious Bandersnatch. Joined by intrepid but hapless knight Percy, they come face to face with the awesome Jabberwock - and then Lucy is bandersnatched! Eventually the Jabberwocks terrible secret is revealed, and the children find out what "frumious" really means.

 

Suggested by the poem "Jabberwocky," the play is set in the fantasy world of Lewis Carroll's Alice' stories. Shortlisted in Scottish and Welsh playwriting competitions, one judge commented "it has the same delightfully confusing dialogue of Carroll's work and brings back fond memories of reading these stories as a child. Wonderfully cryptic nonsensical moments as well as moments of philosophical clarity made me smile and wonder. This play will go down a treat with children and adults alike."

"Full of nonsensical language, confusion and bewilderment the play is a delight from start to finish...many authors of family plays will put in something for the adults alongside the action that is primarily aimed at children. Ron Nicol has created a piece that will have adults and children laughing along to the same thing, and family entertainment doesn't get much better than that." - Amateur Stage

Beware the Jabberwock was first produced by Glenrothes Theatre Company’s Junior Players in June 2007. It was directed by Norma Nicol. The first USA production was by Springside School in Philadelphia in November 2009.

Characters

CASTING

1m, 3f, 12boy(s) or girl(s)

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Flexible casting

CHORUS SIZE

N/A (Not a musical)

EMMA
LUCY, HER YOUNGER SISTER
FIRST TOVE
SECOND TOVE
THIRD TOVE
JUBJUB BIRD
THE QUEEN
FIRST BOROGROVE
SECOND BOROGROVE
FIRST RATH
SECOND RATH
PRINCE PERCY
TUMTUM TREE
JABBERWOCK
FIRST BANDERSNATCH
SECOND BANDERSNATCH
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MUSICAL STYLE

N/A (Not a musical)

VOCAL DEMANDS

N/A (Not a musical)

Author
Ron Nicol

Ron Nicol

Ron Nicol is an award-winning Scottish playwright published in the UK, the USA, and the Netherlands, with more than fifty titles currently in print - one act dramas and comedies, one act plays for young people, full length plays, and pantomimes. His work has been produced in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Germany, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Minorca. His ... view full profile

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Reviews
Karen Mueller-Harder 3/11/2016 9:19 AM
We did this play with our community theater group, with a cast of 6 to 14 year olds, and it worked really well. The characters are a lot of fun, and there are parts of a range of sizes. It's very funny, and the author worked well with the original text in a lot of clever ways (my only annoyance is that he misspells "Borogoves" by adding an "r"), and plays with the text charmingly. The play is about a half-hour long, which worked well for a 2-hour weekly rehearsal over 2 months. Some doubling works fine, but it's tricky to figure out due to characters coming on and off stage so much. You definitely need some costumes and set pieces, but it lends itself well to stuff the kids can make themselves in a creative afterschool program or the like.

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