Beware the Jabberwock

Beware the Jabberwock

Beware the Jabberwock

Beware the Jabberwock


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 Jabberwock’s 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.”

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  • Genre: Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Time Period: Not Applicable
  • Cast Attributes: Flexible cast size, Roles for Children, Room for Extras
  • Target Audience: Appropriate for all audiences, Children (Age 6 - 10), Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13), Teen (Age 14 - 18)


Ron Nicol

Ron Nicol is an award-winning Scottish playwright published in the UK, United States and the Netherlands. He has written more than 50 one-act dramas, comedies, plays for young people, full-length plays and pantomimes. His work has been produced in the UK, Ireland, USA, Canada ...

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