The Ramparts (Renaissance drama skit)

Rebecca Locklear
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7th - 10th, Homeschool
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Summary: The Elizabethan defensive earth ramparts and bastions at Berwick-upon-Tweed, England are nearly finished by early 1587. Several people come to a party to celebrate. But are the new defenses really complete? What happens when the Italian engineer arrives? Find out in this entertaining skit by British playwright, Chris Green.

Type: True information, made-up skit

Time: Early 1587

Grades: 7-12 or adults

Cast: 5

Performance Time: 10 minutes

RESEARCH: Defensive walls throughout the world and the use of bastions in particular (e.g., Berwick-upon-tweed, England; Fort Ste. Anne, Nova Scotia; Royal Navy Dockyard, Bermuda; Montjuic Castle, Spain) could be a research topic. “The Ramparts” was written to bring awareness to that type of fortification.

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  • History classes as reader’s theatre
  • Drama or English classes
  • Choral music with drama concerts
  • Renaissance festivals

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“I used this in a Renaissance-themed drama production. The interaction between characters is hilarious, especially with the Italian, Portinari. The topic of bastions was hugely interesting to students (and parents). I appreciate the background information Rebecca Locklear always provides for these skits.” Amazon customer

"You do such a great job! Your performances are always awesome events. Thanks for working with the kids and giving them something that LASTS." Tia, Parent


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Rebecca Locklear

Teaching history through the arts

***NOTE: As per TpT guidelines, this is not a role play or simulation exercise but rather drama as literature or for performance. The purpose is to inform, educate, and entertain. There is no negative impact to any individual or group.

Copyright Rebecca Locklear, for single use only.

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