Beware the Jabberwock
by Ron Nicol
Short Play, Comedy / 1m, 3f, 12boy(s) or girl(s)
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.
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."
- 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
"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
- No Special Cautions
- Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
- Time Period: Not Applicable
- Duration: 40 minutes
- Setting: Fantasy forest setting - as simple or as elaborate as desired
- Additional Features: No intermission
- Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes
- Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
- Vocal Demands: N/A (Not a musical)
- Chorus Size: N/A (Not a musical)
Casting1m, 3f, 12boy(s) or girl(s)
LUCY, HER YOUNGER SISTER
- Flexible casting
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.