Four Short Plays for Young People by Dale Rooks


Four Short Plays for Young People by Dale Rooks

Specially commissioned for young people, these plays are a great resource for schools, colleges and youth theatres. With contemporary themes and a wide variety of roles, this is a collection which enables young people to engage with serious topics while enjoying all the fun of performance. Introduced by Youth Theatre Director Dale Rooks; The plays: ROCKETFUEL. A forum-theatre play about peer pressure, making responsible choices about drinking and looking after your friends; LOL: LAUGHING OUT LOUD, CRYING INSIDE. This is a play about bullying and bystanding - exploring the complex new world of cyber-bullying and internet trolling; THREE SHOES. A play which explores children working on stage and screen in the past and present, taking in the backstage life of a choirboy at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries, a pantomime babe in Victorian England, and a pair of young film stars in the glare of the media today. It questions the exploitation of children in entertainment; NOAH. A colossal storm is brewing and the great flood is coming. Yet only one man and his family are doing anything to prepare. The rain starts to fall, the Ark's doors close and an extraordinary journey must begin.


Rachel crafts plays for young people that are accessible, fun and dramatically engaging - giving young people a great first taste of performance - Sarah Brigham, Artistic Director, Derby Theatre; Noah ... was a gem of a show and makes you wonder why schools are still performing musicals and pantos when there is new writing of this standard out there. - Jonathan Church, Artistic Director, Chichester Festival Theatre; With the tragic consequences of cyberbullying being seen regularly in the media it is important that students are educated about the impact of their actions and the law surrounding this crime - LOL is a script I will return to again and again. - Year 10 teacher; Every child in my class was so absorbed in the play. You seem to have really hit the message home to them. A fantastic starting point for the rest of the year's PSHE curriculum. - Year 8 Teacher; ... a terrific re-imagining of the biblical story. Rachel Barnett's writing is immediate, intelligent, bold, quirky, consistently surprising and compelling for young people. - Theatre Director, Chichester Festival Theatre;

About the Author

Rachel's plays have been performed in the UK and internationally, including in London at the Hampstead Theatre, the Royal Court, the Arcola Theatre, and Polka Theatre, also at Chichester Festival Theatre, the Hazlitt Theatre in Maidstone, Manhattan Theatre Source in New York, Live Girls in Seattle, and Auroville in India. She has a wide range of interests which inform her writing. Projects to date have included original work, adaptations, translations, theatre for young audiences, and dramaturgy of collaborative devised work. A sought-after workshop leader, Rachel shares her time between writing, producing, teaching and arts project management.

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160 pages


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Publication date

16th June 2015



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