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Beware the Jabberwock

Ron Nicol

Short Play, Comedy  /  3girl(s), 2boy(s), 11boy(s) or girl(s)

Emma and Lucy are lost in Tulgey Wood, a mysterious forest full of weird and wonderful creatures. Joined by intrepid but hapless knight Percy, they come face to face with the awesome Jabberwock - and then Lucy is bandersnatched! Eventually the Jabberwocks terrible secret is revealed, and the children find out what "frumious" really means.

Beware the Jabberwock

by  Ron Nicol

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3girl(s), 2boy(s), 11boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    40 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
Accolades
Accolades
  • Finalist! 2006 Drama Association of Wales One Act Playwriting Competition, Youth Section
    Finalist! 2006 Scottish Community Drama Association Play on Words One Act Playwriting Competition, Youth Section
Description

Emma and Lucy are lost in Tulgey Wood, a mysterious forest full of weird and wonderful creatures. Trying to find their way home, they encounter boisterous Toves and anxious Raths, receive a warning from the refined and snobbish Borogroves about the deadly Jubjub Bird, and are stalked by the frumious Bandersnatch. Joined by intrepid but hapless knight Percy, they come face to face with the awesome Jabberwock - and then Lucy is bandersnatched! Eventually the Jabberwocks terrible secret is revealed, and the children find out what "frumious" really means.

Suggested by the poem "Jabberwocky," the play is set in the fantasy world of Lewis Carroll's Alice' stories. Shortlisted in Scottish and Welsh playwriting competitions, one judge commented "it has the same delightfully confusing dialogue of Carroll's work and brings back fond memories of reading these stories as a child. Wonderfully cryptic nonsensical moments as well as moments of philosophical clarity made me smile and wonder. This play will go down a treat with children and adults alike."

History

Beware the Jabberwock was first produced by Glenrothes Theatre Company’s Junior Players in June 2007. It was directed by Norma Nicol. The first USA production was by Springside School in Philadelphia in November 2009.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Outdoor
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £39 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Setting:

    Fantasy forest setting - as simple or as elaborate as desired

  • Additional Features: No intermission, Physical Comedy
  • Features / Contains: Elaborate / High Volume Costumes, Fantasy Costumes

Casting

3girl(s), 2boy(s), 11boy(s) or girl(s)
Cast Attributes
  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

EMMA
LUCY, HER YOUNGER SISTER
FIRST TOVE
SECOND TOVE
THIRD TOVE
JUBJUB BIRD
THE QUEEN
FIRST BOROGOVE
SECOND BOROGOVE
FIRST RATH
SECOND RATH
PRINCE PERCY
TUMTUM TREE
JABBERWOCK
FIRST BANDERSNATCH
SECOND BANDERSNATCH

Casting Notes

This is primarily a 'youth' play

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REVIEWS

"Entertainment doesn't get better than this." (Amateur Stage)
"Nonsensically fun and whole-family-friendly." - (Lewis Carroll Society of North America)
"Played to mesmerized audiences." - (Wiscasset MS, Maine)
"Something for everyone - not to be missed!" - (Crossville Chronicle, Tennessee)
"Fun, bright, fast paced, and hysterical - incredible entertainment." - (Weymouth HS, Massachusetts)

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Authors

Ron Nicol

Ron Nicol is an award-winning Scottish playwright published in the UK, the USA and the Netherlands, who has written more than fifty one-act dramas, comedies, plays for young people, full-length plays and pantomimes. His work has been produced in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, ...

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