Guy Fawkes Assembly
Guy Fawkes Assembly has a cast of 30 – numbers can be easily reduced (as explained in Production Notes). The includes of a *mini-play entitled The Trial of Guy Fawkes presents a ‘new take’ on history’s verdict – an interesting twist when the only witness is found guilty by the only member of the jury! i.e. Guy Fawkes walks (free)! This mini-play has a cast of 6 and its inclusion is optional – the rest of the assembly focuses on the facts! Another ‘addition’ is at the end of the script where I have included a Fact File – which I thought would be useful (a) to add more facts to the assembly if necessary (perhaps if the mini-play is not included) (b) as an introduction to the subject (c) as the basis for a quiz, to test the children’s knowledge. Hopefully, a pretty comprehensive package!
*Guy Fawkes on Trial This is a short play with a cast of 6. It could be used in the classroom or put on as a performance in front of the school or used by a drama club. Duration: Around 10 minutes
Sample text From Guy Fawkes Assembly:
Characters (Cast of 30)
Children 1 -10
Guy Fawkes plus 13 Conspirators
Cast for ‘play’: Judge
Policeman (Witness) – see Production Notes
Member of the Jury
Music: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks
(Children file in to this music)
Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our Guy Fawkes Assembly.
Child 1: The music you have just been listening to is Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. First performed in 1749 for George II
Child 2: But more recently played, in 2002, in celebration of our present queen’s Golden Jubilee
(Child 3 nudges Child 2)
Child 2: Oh! That’s Queen Elizabeth II, of course! At Buckingham Palace – plus fireworks!
Child 3: The earliest fireworks were made in China, around 2,000 years ago – otherwise known as Chinese crackers!
Child 4: The first ones to be used in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
Child 5: Fireworks became more and more popular
Child 6: And King James II was so impressed by those used at his own coronation in 1685 that he had the guy in charge knighted!
Child 7: Did you say ‘guy’?
Child 6: I may have done. Why?
Child 7: Not the Guy?
Child 6: What are you on about?
Child 7: (Shaking his head in disbelief) Only the most famous Guy in our entire history!
(Guy Fawkes steps forward)
Guy Fawkes: (To Child 7) Thank you! That would be me! Guy Fawkes!
(Whole cast applauds and cheers)
Narrator: (Disapprovingly) Only the most infamous Guy in our entire history!
Guy Fawkes: (Looking hurt) Ooh! That’s a bit harsh!
Narrator: I don’t think so! We will draw our own conclusions from the following evidence. (To Guy Fawkes) Please sit down!
(Guy Fawkes sits down, moodily)
Narrator: So. Let’s learn a little more about this man – this Guy Fawkes.
Child 8: He was born and educated in York.
(Guy Fawkes stands up)
Guy Fawkes: Nothing wrong with that!
Narrator: (Testily) Do please remain seated, Mr. Fawkes, until I ask you to stand up!
(Guy Fawkes sits down again)
Narrator: Please continue.
Child 9: At around the age of 16 he became a Catholic and became very cross when his king, James I, refused to let Catholics practice their own form of worship.
Child 10: At that time, only the Protestant form of worship was allowed. Guy Fawkes wanted to change this.
(Guy Fawkes stands up)
Guy Fawkes: Well, can you blame me? Wasn’t it just a little unfair that we were forced to practice our religion in private? And even then we ran the risk of being executed, if found out!
Narrator: So you decided to take matters into your own hands? By blowing up the king of England?
Guy Fawkes: Quite right! And to help me …. (Waving co-conspirators onto the stage) Meet my fellow conspirators!
(Each taking a bow as they introduce themselves)
Robert Catesby: Robert Catesby, at your service. I was the leader!
For sample text of mini play, go to Trial of Guy Fawkes in History section of Guided Reading.