Wind in the Willows Play or Set of Guided Reading Scripts
This script is suitable for use as Guided Reading (Readers Theater) or for performance. Instead of being sold as two separate products, it is in effect 2 for the price of 1 – as the customer can use it for either purpose.
The script is made up of 5 scenes:
Scene 1 Down by the river
Scene 2 Caravan ‘Holiday’
Scene 3 The Wild Wood
Scene 4 In and out of Gaol
Scene 5 The Rescue of Toad Hall
These 5 scenes can be used by 5 groups of 6 children i.e. total of 30 altogether and simply read in the classroom, ‘around the table’.
In this format, the music suggestions and ‘extra cast’ would obviously be dropped.
Around 25 to 30 minutes (about 5 minutes for each script)
Play - for Performance Purposes
Use of the entire cast of 30: 6 speakers plus Woodland Creatures and Law Force, along with music suggestions. The length of performance can be reduced from 45 minutes plus to around 20 minutes by less use of music and the omission of one or more scenes.
· Play/Performance: 30 minutes plus time for inclusion of music/routines – of around 15 minutes. Total: around 45 minutes – probably a bit longer.
· Assembly or Class Play. The length of the play could be reduced to around 20 minutes by omitting one or more of the scenes.
· Woodland Creatures (Stoats and Weasels)
and Law Force
Badger: (Exploding) Toad learn his lesson? I don’t think so! Not with his
Mole: (Interrupting hurriedly) More sandwiches, anyone?
Badger: (To Mole) You’re way too soft on him, Mole.
Toad: (Indignantly) Hello! I am still here you know!
(Toad continues to fill his mouth with food)
Badger: Taking advantage of your friends, as usual!
(Badger helps himself to some sandwiches)
Toad: Well, you don’t seem to be doing so badly, yourself! Good sandwiches?
Badger: Indeed they are! You certainly know how to put together a fine picnic, Ratty!
Ratty: Well, thank you. This ol’ brain of mine does have its uses!
Mole: Such a clever animal!
Badger: And just as well, some of the scrapes you lot got yourselves into!
Gaoler: Oh, we know all about those! Stealing a car and driving it with no thought for the safety of others!
Badger: That’s Toad, to a T!
Toad: (Indignantly) Whatever do you mean?
Badger: Just that, nine times of ten, you think of number one first!
Toad: (Scratching head) Woah! Wait a minute! That’s way too many numbers!
Badger: OK. Let me put it to you simply. (Pauses) You are one selfish, conceited creature!
Mole: Oh Badger! Must you? It’s such a lovely day and we were having such a fine time here by the river
Other Scripts available off www.plays-r-ussell.com and TpT
Friendship Play based on Wind in the Willows
This script has a cast of 6 - the characters from Wind in the Willows giving advice on the subject of friendship. It can be used for performance (with music suggestions) or as a guided reading or Readers Theater script i.e. just for use within the classroom.
Whilst there are clear literary links with the classic by Kenneth Clarke it is equally a PSHE resource, with additional teaching notes at the end focusing on what friendship is, the different types of friendship, what makes a good friend and how to cope when you do not have a friend.
Duration: around 5 - 10 minutes reading plus teaching/discussion time (the latter obviously open-ended).
This is one of several scripts available both in PSHE and Literature Sections of the website. Other classics include:
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
The Aesop Fables
The Just So Stories
a selection of Fairy Tales and Nursery Rhymes