Around the Body in 20 Minutes Class Play
The title of this script can of course be adapted to however long the performance needs to take. 20 minutes was just chosen as an average class play length.
Cast of 30 - this number can be adjusted up or down
Whatever gave our narrator the idea that taking on over 7,500 body parts was a good idea? (OK, so that's a slight exaggeration - .... actually, 8 Body Systems, 5 Senses plus a few 'others'!) Even so, no mean challenge ... in 20 minutes. But then with a Bossy Brain to help out, how could he go wrong?
(Eight Body Systems each step forward in turn)
Brain: Nervous System – I’m in charge here!
Narrator: (Tutting) You again! I might have known you’d be first up!
Brain: Well, I am the Boss! (Pointing to rest of cast) None of this lot would be any good without me, the Brain!
Narrator: (Snorting) Huh! And vice versa. I wonder what you’d do if you had nobody to boss around! Next!
Heart: (Coquettishly mincing up to stand beside Brain) Oh I do like a man who’s in charge!
Narrator: (Coughing) Huh hmm. You, Heart, are representing the Circulatory System today. Please remember – purely functional, absolutely no romance, thank you very much!
(Heart looks disappointed, sighing deeply)
Narrator: Yes, you can forget all that valentine stuff. Your job in the body is way more important than all that nonsense! We’ll come back to you in a minute!
(Narrator jostled out of the way by Lungs)
Narrator: Hey! You’re a bit pushy, aren’t you?
Lungs: Well, yes, der! That’s my job – to be pushy! (Holds up two ‘bags’) Since when did you know a pair of lungs not to be pushy!
Narrator: Ah! The Respiratory System! Now I understand!
Brain: And that’s only because (pointing to head) your brain’s working properly!
Narrator: (Irritably) Yes, yes!
(To audience) I’ve a feeling we’ll be hearing way too much from him!
Stomach: (Rubbing tummy) I’m here – representing the Digestive System!
Narrator: Ah. And of course, you would be
Stomach: Stomach! Most important part of the body!
(Rest of cast all cough loudly in disagreement)
Narrator: Matter of opinion, I think!
Brain: Well, since you asked
Narrator: (Interrupting angrily) No I didn’t! Now please remain seated until I speak to you!
(Brain sits down in a huff)
Music 2 – Dem Bones Dem Bones – sung by the cast as Skeleton does a dance to it
Skeleton: I’m Skeleton
Narrator: (Sarcastically) You know? I’d never have guessed!
Skeleton: Huh! You may scoff! But it’s me that holds it all together! I’m here representing the Skeletal System.
(Narrator jostled out of the way, by Muscles)
Narrator: (Tutting) Huh! Another pushy fellow! Nothing like muscling in on the act. (Pauses) Oh, don’t tell me?
Muscles: Muscles! That’s correct. I’m here representing the Muscular System.
Narrator: (Turning to Hormone) And you?
Hormone: I’m Hormone! And I’m here representing the Endocrine System. In charge of all those glands – very important!
Narrator: And that just leaves us with
Bladder: Er, I think it’s more usually the case that we leave you! Via the loo!
Narrator: Oh dear! I’m guessing we’re in for some toilet humour, with this one! You are?
Bladder: Bladder! I’m here representing the Urinary System.
Narrator: Lovely! And, passing on quickly … Ah, the Senses! Do introduce yourselves, please!
Other Body scripts available off this website:
• Healthy Living Class Play (Upper primary)
• Skeleton & Muscles Class Play (Lower Primary)
• Teeth and Eating Class Play (Lower Primary)
Sue Russell’s collection of over 400 scripts aims to cover every theme tackled at primary school – and some subjects at secondary/high school. Her collection in its entirety is available off www.plays-r-ussell.com and she is happy to write on request, if there are any themes, subjects missing.