Meet the Tudors Rich and Poor Guided Reading Play Scripts

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Meet the Tudors Rich and Poor Guided Reading Play Scripts

Meet the Tudors Rich and Poor Guided Reading Play Scripts. Unit 8 Tudors – Rich and Poor. A look at life for the Tudors from the perspective of wealth and position.

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Meet the Tudors Rich and Poor Guided Reading Play Scripts

Meet the Tudors Rich and Poor Guided Reading Play Scripts. Unit 8 Tudors – Rich and Poor. A look at life for the Tudors from the perspective of wealth and position.

Meet the Tudors 5 plays and 5 quizzes

Play 1: The Country Speakers: Harry (Agricultural Labourer), Alice (Wife), John (Craftsman/blacksmith), Thomas (Yeoman/small land owner), Sir William (Noble/large land owner), Vagrant

Vagrant: Oh! You mean the deserving poor.

John: That’s right. The very old, the very sick, orphans and widows. Now they do deserve our help.

Sir William:And the rest of you should just accept your lot in life!

Play 2 – Town Life Speakers: Beggar, Pickpocket, Trader, Constable, Doctor, Merchant

Merchant (jumping backwards):

It’s not catching, is it?

Doctor: Only if you happen to have some crowfoot (holds up herbs that beggar has been hiding) to hand. Then you can also get nicely blistered arms – just by rubbing this plant over your skin!

Merchant: What a cheat! And to think I was going to give him some alms!

Constable:  Not unless you want to encourage him to keep harming his – arms that is, get it?

Pickpocket: You wouldn’t have a cure for his bad jokes, would you, doctor? I think I’m getting a headache.

Constable: Ah it’s the hangman’s noose you want for that!

Play 3     Life at Court Speakers: Henry VIII, Visitor (French Ambassador – to Francois I), Catherine of Aragon, Courtier, Lady in Waiting/Anne Boleyn, Servant (kitchen)

Anne: What we are trying to say is that someone had to stand next to Henry, in his room, when he needed the toilet – that was a box with a padded seat, and a pewter pot placed underneath it, in case you’re interested!

Courtier: And then had to empty it! That poor Groom of the Stool as he was known – not the best job in court!

Visitor:  So when will I meet this charming Mr. Norris?

Henry: You won’t! Perhaps if he’d kept his eye on the stool and not let it stray elsewhere (looking at Anne) then he’d be alive today!

Play 4: Fashion Speakers: Henry, Anne Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon, Visitor (French ambassador), Courtier, Servant

Visitor: But just look what a tiny waist you have! In this courtly world of fashion, you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth!

Courtier:  And we both, men and women, had to suffer those ruffs!

Play 5 The Theatre Speakers: William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Juliet, Witch, Puck, Groundling

Shakespeare: Shame on you! You can’t speak of your audience like that! Get thee to a nunnery!

Witch:   I will not! Indeed I cannot! And there’s one very good reason why not!

Puck: The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.

Witch: Lady, indeed! Since when were women allowed to play female parts!

Caesar: So, you’re a man? (Pauses) Have I still got to marry you, then?

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Unit 8 Tudors – Rich and Poor

5 plays and 5 quizzes

Play 1: The Country Speakers: Harry (Agricultural Labourer), Alice (Wife), John (Craftsman/blacksmith), Thomas (Yeoman/small land owner), Sir William (Noble/large land owner), Vagrant

Vagrant: Oh! You mean the deserving poor.

John: That’s right. The very old, the very sick, orphans and widows. Now they do deserve our help.

Sir William:And the rest of you should just accept your lot in life!

Play 2 – Town Life Speakers: Beggar, Pickpocket, Trader, Constable, Doctor, Merchant

Merchant (jumping backwards):

It’s not catching, is it?

Doctor: Only if you happen to have some crowfoot (holds up herbs that beggar has been hiding) to hand. Then you can also get nicely blistered arms – just by rubbing this plant over your skin!

Merchant: What a cheat! And to think I was going to give him some alms!

Constable:  Not unless you want to encourage him to keep harming his – arms that is, get it?

Pickpocket: You wouldn’t have a cure for his bad jokes, would you, doctor? I think I’m getting a headache.

Constable: Ah it’s the hangman’s noose you want for that!

Play 3     Life at Court Speakers: Henry VIII, Visitor (French Ambassador – to Francois I), Catherine of Aragon, Courtier, Lady in Waiting/Anne Boleyn, Servant (kitchen)

Anne: What we are trying to say is that someone had to stand next to Henry, in his room, when he needed the toilet – that was a box with a padded seat, and a pewter pot placed underneath it, in case you’re interested!

Courtier: And then had to empty it! That poor Groom of the Stool as he was known – not the best job in court!

Visitor:  So when will I meet this charming Mr. Norris?

Henry: You won’t! Perhaps if he’d kept his eye on the stool and not let it stray elsewhere (looking at Anne) then he’d be alive today!

Play 4: Fashion Speakers: Henry, Anne Boleyn, Catherine of Aragon, Visitor (French ambassador), Courtier, Servant

Visitor: But just look what a tiny waist you have! In this courtly world of fashion, you’ve got to take the rough with the smooth!

Courtier:  And we both, men and women, had to suffer those ruffs!

Play 5 The Theatre Speakers: William Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, Juliet, Witch, Puck, Groundling

Shakespeare: Shame on you! You can’t speak of your audience like that! Get thee to a nunnery!

Witch:   I will not! Indeed I cannot! And there’s one very good reason why not!

Puck: The lady doth protest too much, me thinks.

Witch: Lady, indeed! Since when were women allowed to play female parts!

Caesar: So, you’re a man? (Pauses) Have I still got to marry you, then?

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