Three Billy Goats Gruff – Short Play/Readers Theatre or Guided Reading is one of a series of alternative fairy tales – this one certainly raises serious questions about sibling love!
A cast of 5. Duration: Around 5 – 10 minutes of reading time. This does not include teaching input and discussion which may take a session to around 20 minutes.
Billy Goat Gruff 1: Everything was fine until one day we ran out of grass!
Billy Goat Gruff 2: Our favourite food!
Billy Goat Gruff 3: Well, let’s face it. It was our only food! There wasn’t anything else for miles around.
Narrator: And I suppose you had checked this out?
Billy Goat Gruff 3: Oh, there was no need for that. We were quite happy just to munch our way through what was on our doorstep!
Narrator: Until that ran out! Oh, very far-sighted of you!
Troll: Lazy is what I’d call it!
Billy Goat Gruff 1: Oh, and I suppose leaping out from under a bridge qualifies you as the great hunter?
Troll: Certainly took more energy than all your munching.
Narrator: Anyway, getting back to the story.
Billy Goat Gruff 3: Yes, we all decided
Billy Goat Gruff 1: Or rather, you decided
Billy Goat Gruff 3: Very well, as the most senior, I decided to search for pastures new.
Billy Goat Gruff 2: So, off we trundled
Billy Goat Gruff 1: Just a short distance down stream
Billy Goat Gruff 3: To the nearest bridge. As, how else were we going to cross that stream?
Narrator: And the grass is always greener on the other side, right?
Billy Goat Gruff 1: Well, that’s what big bruv said!
Narrator: And you always listened to what he told you?
Billy Goat Gruff 1: Well, of course. Who else would we listen to?
Narrator: Hmm. I can see where this is leading!
Billy Goat Gruff 2: Come to think of it, so can I!
Billy Goat Gruff 1: What do you mean?
Billy Goat Gruff 2: Oh you always did hero worship your elder brother
Billy Goat Gruff 3: As it should be! I didn’t hear you complaining or challenging my decisions! Easier not to, let me have all the responsibility!
Troll: (Coughing) Ahem! Not wishing to butt in – I recognise that is your speciality! But this family domestic is just a tad tedious for the rest of us!
Billy Goat Gruff 3: Fine! So let’s get to that bridge (pauses) before we all fall out!
Narrator: So, someone explain to me. Who decided on the order in which you’d all pass over that bridge?