What is it that every drama course needs, but which is so hard to find?

The answer that many drama teachers have given us, when we have posed this question is, “short plays for the students to perform”.

And so that is what we have produced under the (rather precise) title: “Short Scripts for the Stage”. This copiable volume contains eight “Modern Fairy Tales”, six “Shorts with a Twist” and three “Stand Alones”.

Each of these plays is written specifically for school performance and are all designed to appeal and be used all the way from Year 7 through to Year 11. Of course in each case the outcome will be different depending on the age and experience of the students, but all are accessible and usable by all Key Stage 3 and 4 students.

All the plays are short, and together they allow a number of plays to be put on as a production in one night, as well as giving the students something which they can attempt and get a feeling of completion once the play is completed.

Throughout, the characters are a little larger than life, and there is a sense of humour in every play. But at the same time, some of the topics are very serious, including war, violence, family break up and death. Thus within the complete selection of 17 plays, there is great variety not only of subject matter but also underlying emotion.

As a result self-esteem, confidence, collaboration and team work, movement and spatial awareness are all incorporated in the range of advantages offer by rehearsing these plays within the school and then (if desired) acting the plays out in public.

The volume is available in photocopiable form or on CD, so that only one copy is needed by the school. Each student will thus be able to have his/her own copy of the script of the play that is being developed.

There are sample pages from the photocopiable book at http://www.pdf.firstandbest.co.uk/drama/T1802.pdf

Publisher’s reference: T1802EMN ISBN: 978 1 86083 806 4


  • Photocopiable book: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • CD with school-wide rights: £24.95 plus £3.95 delivery
  • Both the book and the CD: £31.94 plus £3.95 delivery

Prices include VAT.

You can purchase the report… please quote the order ref: T1802EMN