Unit 11 The Victorians! 5 plays and 5 quizzes
Unit 11 The Victorians! 5 plays and 5 quizzes. A group of 5 plays and 5 quizzes exploring aspects of the life and times of the Victorians both the famous and the infamous.
Play 1- Introduction. Speakers: Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Bertie, Grant & Phil Mitchell, Disraeli
Queen Victoria: Now, now Dizzie. You might have considerably more charm than that awful William Gladstone fellow
Disraeli (muttering) My Whig rival
Bertie: Doesn’t he have any hair?
Queen Victoria: Silence, Bertie. What have I told you about ‘Children should be seen but not heard’?
Play 2 Life for the Poor Speakers :Factory worker, Mine worker, Chimney Sweep, Oliver (workhouse), Artful Dodger (streets), Bobby (Policeman)
Artful Dodger: Now that’s what I call dangerous work! I’d refuse, if I were you.
Chimney Sweep: I did once. I lost my nerve half way up. And you know how my boss helped me out? Only lit the fire under me! Scared me to death but sure got me up that chimney stack in half the time!
Play 3 Social Changes Speakers: Charles Dickens, Lord Shaftesbury, Dr. Barnardo, Orphan, Florence Nightingale, Soldier
Dr. Barnardo: But come, come! You politicians played your part too, in the relief of the poor’s suffering.
Charles Dickens: Yes. Let it not be said that private individuals were the only ones to bring about change. Look at what you (looking at Shaftesbury) and your fellow politicians did!
Play 4 Changes – Medicine and Transport Speakers: Isambard Kingdom Brunel, George Stephenson Navvy, Louis Pasteur, Joseph Lister, Doctor Death (fictional character)
Stephenson: Yes. You drove yourself to an early grave! You had already done more than enough to impress us, but you just didn’t know when to stop!
Brunel: Well there was my magnificent Great Western ship.
Stephenson: Shame about that explosion and fire on board that nearly killed you!
Navvy: And didn’t do much for your marketing either. Only 7 passengers signed up for that first trip to New York!
Play 5 Leisure Time Speakers: Bram Stoker (Irish writer), Robert Louis Stevenson (Scottish writer), Lewis Carroll (English writer), William Gilbert (comic opera writer), William Morris (wallpaper designer),
Stevenson: Yeah. I can’t see children racing through the pages of your book! No pirates? No treasure? No chance!
Mrs Beeton: You boys! Life isn’t just about treasure islands, crazy tea parties, sailors in pinafores, and blood-sucking creatures of the night! Some of us have to live in the real world!
Morris: Let the lady speak. Perhaps you could give me some tips on where to hang my wallpaper in your household!