Great Britain Class Play
This class play was written in celebration of Great Britain as a country - its culture and its people. It combines coverage of serious achievements, past and present, with a humorous look at Britain’s heritage. Narrated by Queen Elizabeth I (with a little help from her number II, 4 centuries on!) this play aims to present as comprehensive a picture as possible of what it is to be British - quirks and all! Sue Russell has included mention of at least 35 Great Britons in order to capture just a little of Britain’s national character.
This class play on Great Britain is one of a set Sue Russell has written on different countries (England, Scotland, Wales, Holland, Australia, France, Spain, Malta, India, Africa) all available off TpT and www.plays-r-ussell.com
Cast Size – 30 (easily adaptable up or down)
Duration: 20 – 30 minutes
Elizabeth 1: I take it back! Who are this rowdy lot?
Shakespeare: It's something called Football, m'lady. A strange national pastime, and for some, total obsession! Who would have thought kicking a ball around a rectangular strip of grass could inspire such passion!
Drake: Far livelier than bowls, that's for sure!
Shakespeare: And there's no way a game of football could be interrupted..
Elizabeth I: (Incredulously) Not even if your country was being invaded?
(Referee chasing two footballers, blowing his whistle)
Shakespeare: Probably not! Nobody would dare to stand in the path of:
(Each fan steps forward, waving team scarf)
Man. Utd fan: Manchester United!
Chelsea fan: Chelsea!
(Another referee runs past, chasing two rugby players)
Elizabeth I: Hey! Wait a minute! The ball changed shape!
Shakespeare: That's because they're playing rugby, m'lady!
Elizabeth I: Rugby?
Drake: Another popular sport. Though let's not forget ...
(Cricketer, clad in ‘whites' steps forward, only to be jostled by the rugby players, running past again)
Cricketer: (Indignantly) Hey, I say!
Rugby player: Get outta the way!
Cricketer: (Exploding) Well, of all the .... That's simply not cricket!
(Exit Cricketer and rugby players)
(Tennis player in ‘whites' steps forward, brandishing tennis racket)
Tennis player: Anyone for tennis?
(Next lines delivered in the finest ‘upper class' accents)
(Two ‘rowers' row past, with fans carrying ‘University of Cambridge' and ‘University of Oxford' banners)
(Rower 1 accidentally knocks Rower 2 on the head with his oar)
Rower 1: Sorry, old chap! Far too busy trying to win this confounded race!
Rower 2: Steady on, old chap! There's a way to go yet!
Cambridge fan: Come on, Cambridge!
Oxford fan: Come on, Oxford!
(Exit rowers and fans)
Elizabeth I: Good show, lads!
Shakespeare: Tally ho! I say, isn't this just splendid fun!
Drake: Absolutely spiffing, old fellow!
Elizabeth I: How about some nice cucumber sandwiches, and a super cup of tea?
(Waiter, with pot of tea and sandwiches appears)