Far from the Madding Crowd Play – by Thomas Hardy, adapted by Sue Russell. This script is one of a collection available from this web site.
Cast of 5 or 30!
As there are 6 scenes (not including the introduction) in which all four characters plus Narrator appear, this could be read by a class of 30, dividing the class into six groups of five; or just one group of 5 speakers.
Around 30 minutes. The first 3 scenes are around 5 minutes reading time, the last 3 a little less – around 3 minutes.
Scene 4 A Wood not far from Bathsheba’s Home
Narrator: (To Bathsheba) So. Of everything we have heard so far, this for me is the bit I find most puzzling. How could you, an intelligent woman, have been so duped? So taken in?
Boldwood: I think we’d all be interested in the answer to that!
Bathsheba: (Shaking her head) You know? I really have no idea!
Troy: Oh come, come, my dear! Don’t be so bashful! We both know I swept you off your feet
Bathsheba: (Interrupting) What? With your charm and good looks?
Bathsheba: I was being sarcastic!
Troy: Oh, I don’t think so. You fell for me hook, line and sinker!
Bathsheba: It was madness! To this day I don’t understand what came over me!
Boldwood: Devil’s work!
Gabriel: Fancy falling for a bit of fancy sword work!
Troy: Er, highly skilled I’ll have you know! But yes, it certainly seemed to do the trick!
Bathsheba: Oh stop, please! To think I could have fallen for all that bravado
Gabriel: And hot air! Definitely not your finest hour!
This script is one of a collection available from www.plays-r-ussell.com :
KS III and IV – including the works of such writers as Charles Dickens, H.G. Welles, Robert Lewis Stephenson, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen and Emily Bronte
- Treasure Island
- The Time Machine
- Wuthering Heights
- The Happy Prince, Selfish Giant etc
- Dickens Classics (Great Expectations, David Copperfield, A Christmas Carol, Oliver, A Tale of Two Cities and a collection of Christmas novellas)