Marvellous Minibeasts Assembly
This might be about minibeasts but let me assure you there is nothing mini about this assembly! It’s a little longer than my usual scripts – let’s just say, I found my cast members way too interesting! I will undoubtedly write some more scripts on them – either as class plays or shorter scripts (group readers) for use within the classroom. I can probably cram more information into these, with quizzes included!
Marvellous Minibeasts has a cast of 30 (easily adaptable up or down) and is around 20 – 25 minutes long. Again, this is a moveable feast and could be double the length if more minis are added!
Speaker 25: Beefly!
Narrator: How very confusing! Couldn’t you decide which one you wanted to be? A bee or a fly? This world of minibeasts gets more and more intriguing!
Speaker 26: Anyone for cricket?
Narrator: Hey! I’m meant to be the one asking the questions around here! But I can see quite clearly what you are! A cricket, at a wild guess!
Speaker 26: Aha! It was a trick question! I’m actually a grasshopper!
Narrator: But you look just like a cricket – minus the bat and ball!
Speaker 26: So, let me show you the difference. (Holding up a picture of a cricket and a grasshopper).
Narrator: Aha! Now I see! Your antennae are much shorter and thicker
Speaker 26: And I’m active during the day whilst crickets tend to come out at night.
Narrator: Speaking of which (looking at his watch) we haven’t got all day to deliver this assembly so, who have we missed out?
Speaker 27: Well, what about all the water bugs, like me a water boatman! Then there are pond skaters and water scorpions and
Narrator: (Shrieking) Scorpions? I hope we haven’t any of those in here today!
Narrator: The number of insects in Britain fell by 64% between 2004 and 2022
Speaker 5: Shocking! And how do we know that?
Narrator: Because of the number of insects splattered on vehicle number plates between those years!
(Loud shriek from whole cast)
Narrator: Oh, I’m so sorry to have read that out to you all. I hope none of your relatives were involved in that carnage.
Speaker 6: I’m sure they were
(Whole cast hang their heads)
Speaker 6: But its statistics like these that should make you humans sit up and do something.
Narrator: What, you mean, don’t drive our cars around quite so fast?
(Whole cast groan in frustration)
Speaker 16: I think we all get that! But let’s run through some of the ways in which you can help us.
Speaker 17: Let’s start with making your garden more insect-friendly! All it takes is to be more relaxed about your gardening. Let the grass grow a bit more and don’t be so sniffy about weeds.
Speaker 18: Wildflowers (pauses) – let’s call them that – can be just as beautiful as anything you plant; and wild areas of the garden are just what insects love.
Speaker 19: You could also build a bug hotel – very easy to do with a few bits of wood and things; and think of all the fun you’ll have discovering new species.
Narrator: You’re right, I would find that fascinating. There are so many of you and you are all so different.
Speaker 20: And interesting! Go to your local library and find out all about us!
Speaker 21: And then go on a bug safari! You won’t need a passport for this! Just visit your local park, woodland or school playground. We’re everywhere!