NEW 2021 JUMP INTO THE MIDDLE AGES!
How did a town in Scotland defend itself in a siege but end up losing a battle? (The background information is serious BUT the skit is showcased in a light-hearted way with toy bows and arrows.)
Type: True event
Time and Region: 1333 on the slopes of Halidon Hill, two miles northwest of Berwick-upon-Tweed, Scotland (now England)
Performance Time: 8 minutes
WHERE IS THIS SKIT USED?
- History classes (English and Scottish history in the 14th century) as reader’s theatre
- Middle Ages fairs and events
- Choral music with drama concerts
The Great Siege and The Battle of Halidon Hill (both by Chris Green) are often used together. There are entertainment elements to the way the skits are presented but the reality of negotiations, the siege, and then the battle were pretty horrific. As for research, students could study the use of siege equipment, the first success of the English longbow, and even the tactics used in the battle of Bannockburn (1314) vs. Halidon Hill (1333).
Enjoy! And…please leave a review. I'd love to know how you used this.