The Selfish Giant, Cast of 6 – Readers Theatre/Guided Reading/Short Play with synopsis, teaching input, discussion points and suggestions for further activities.
This script is one of a collection which includes:
- The Happy Prince: Cast of 6 – around 10 minutes reading time
- The Nightingale and the Rose: Cast of 6 – around 5 – 10 minutes reading time
- The Selfish Giant: Cast of 6 – around 5 minutes reading time
- The Devoted Friend: Cast of 6 – around 5 – 10 minutes reading time
- The Remarkable Rocket, made up of 3 parts:
- Part I cast of 6, around 5 – 10 minutes reading time
- Part II cast of 6, around 10 – 15 minutes reading time
- Part III cast of 6, around 10 – 15 minutes reading time
The same 6 speakers may be used for all 3 parts, or 3 different sets of speakers used, taking cast size to a possible 21 (with addition of ‘extras’/doubling up)
These scripts are all available separately off www.plays-r-ussell.com
Sample Text from The Selfish Giant:
Selfish Giant: (Sighing) Ah! What a moment when Spring returned to my garden.
Narrator: And who can you thank for that?
Selfish Giant: Why, the children, of course. (Pauses) It all started when I heard those first wondrous notes of that little linnet – the first birdsong I had heard in months. I cannot put into words how wonderful it was to hear that sound of music. Better than anything I’d ever heard before. Better than a royal court’s symphony, better than
Narrator: (Interrupting) Yes, yes, I think we get it. But was that all that was special?
Selfish Giant: Well, of course, not! The trees were all in blossom
Narrator: And full of
Selfish Giant: (Testily) Yes, yes, I was just getting to that! Full of children! A wonderful sight to behold.
Narrator: A three hundred and sixty-degree reversal of your previous stand, one might say!
Child 1: Oh, really! Isn’t it time you gave him a break?
Child 2: Yes, we found our way back into the garden, through a gap in the wall
Child 3: So, in theory, we were actually back trespassing again.
Child 4: But did he call the police? No, of course, he didn’t. He was a selfish giant no more!
Selfish Giant: But there was that one area, that far corner where winter remained.
Child 4: I couldn’t reach up high enough to get into the tree, despite its best efforts to help me!
Child 1: (To Giant) When we saw you coming out into the garden, we all ran away!
Child 2: Until we saw what happened next.