David and Goliath Class Play, Guided Reading or Readers Theater Script
Cast of 10
Duration: 5 - 10 minutes reading time (not including music suggestions)
This play may be used for performance or within the classroom as a guided reading script. Along with delivering the story of David and Goliath, there are brief notes at the end to facilitate further discussion - on the themes of bullying, self-belief and self-strength. There are numerous other scripts on these themes in the PSHE section of the website including one on bullying which could be combined with this script to produce a longer play.
Goliath: Well, let’s see if he can work the same magic (pauses) on the battlefield!
David: Against you? I’m more than up for it!
King Saul: But that’s insane!
Servant: Yes, begging your pardon, but how can you possibly hope to win (pauses, pointing at Goliath) against that?
David: (Shrugging his shoulders, casually) What’s to prove? He’s just (pauses)
Servant: (Interrupting) Big?
Philistine Soldier 1: (Clapping) Bravo!
Philistine Soldier 2: (Clapping) So you noticed?
David: Huh! Size isn’t everything!
(Goliath strides over to David, towering above him)
Goliath: Oh really?
(David stands his ground, unflinching)
David: Yes, really! You don’t frighten me, you great bully! There’s more to winning a battle than sheer brawn, you know.
Narrator: No, I rather fear he doesn’t know. I’m not even sure he understands what you’re saying!
Goliath: (Furiously) Understand what you’re saying? What’s to understand, that’s what I want to know!
Narrator: Quite! My point exactly!
(David starts to walk away)
Goliath: Huh! I knew he wouldn’t stick around! A coward, like the rest of you!
King Saul: Oh, don’t be so ridiculous! Look at you! All ready in your battle gear! Does my lad David look ready to you?
Goliath: Well, now you come to mention it
King Saul: So. If you don’t mind, we’ll just take a short time to get David into my armour and
David: (Interrupting) Oh don’t worry! That won’t be necessary! I’m pretty much good to go!
King Saul: But what about some protection? A body shield at least?
David: No, no. That won’t be necessary, either. I know what I need and I’ll be back in a minute.
Goliath: Bah! Just an excuse to do a runner! You wait! There’s no way that wee boy is coming back to take on me!