Wednesday, 12 September 2012
THEATRE WRITING FOR KEY STAGE 2: A MODERN FAIRY TALE
I promised to post a piece of something I'm working on, so here it is. This is a script based on a children's book, 'Miz Margenon's Jungle', that I had published as an ebook many years ago. It's a modern fairy tale. Something rather terrible has happened to all the men who live on this estate, but I won't spoil it by telling you too much... (Please excuse the lineation and lack of italics. It's the software).
This is how it starts:
MIZ MARGENON'S JUNGLE
(A one-act play)
Two children, Theresa and Daniel (aged 9 and 6 respectively) are playing in the street. They are shabbily dressed, and have a broken bicycle. A woman (Miz Margenon) is standing in the shadows. As we watch she begins to move towards them.
NARRATOR: Two children play when in she strides
With flashing shoes and snake-like slides.
THERESA: Daniel, look!
DANIEL: Who's that?
THERESA: I've seen her before. I think she's a witch.
DANIEL: I don't believe in witches. Anyway they have black hair and black hats.
THERESA: Shhh! She's coming this way. Look out! (Both children shrink back as
Miz Margenon strides over to them.)
MIZ MARGENON: Ah! Theresa! Daniel! How are you?
DANIEL: (to Theresa) How does she know our names?
THERESA: Shhh! (They look at Miz Margenon in silence)
MIZ MARGENON: What's the matter? Don't you know me?
(She twirls around and her cloak sparkles and her shoes flash in
THERESA: (quietly to Daniel) I don't think she's the kind of person we'd
forget, do you?
DANIEL: (Loudly) No, she's really cool! (Shouts to Miz Margenon) What's your
MIZ MARGENON: I'm Miz Margenon. Do I frighten you?
DANIEL: Of course not! I'm not scared of anything!
MIZ MARGENON: (laughs) I think your sister is.
THERESA: I'm not.
MIZ MARGENON: Good. I was going to ask you both if you'd like to come and play in
my garden. There's not much to do here, is there?
DANIEL: Do you have bikes?
MIZ MARGENON: Do you like bikes?
DANIEL: Yes. Mine's broken.
MIZ MARGENON: I can find a bike for you. (Turns to Theresa). Do you want a bike too?
THERESA: No… I mean… we're not allowed to talk to strangers.
MIZ MARGENON: Oh, I'm no stranger. Your mother knows me well. You wouldn't believe
the things we've done together.
Sorry about that formatting. I hope you managed to read it. I'm taking part in the Skylines course with the Royal Exchange Theatre and Theatre centre, London, which is a great learning experience for me. The play I wrote for Hull University, 'Investigation: Haunted House', was for 9-12 year olds and we writers at Cheltenham Writers' Lab will be putting together a play for the same age group. (Not this one. Miz Margenon is my own, but it seemed a good time to revive it. :))
See you all again soon,