Beware the Jabberwock

by  Ron Nicol

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

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Beware the Jabberwock

by  Ron Nicol

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    2boy(s), 3girl(s), 11boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration

    Duration

    40 minutes
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Fantasy, Adaptations (Literature), Theatre for Young Audiences, Fables/Folktales
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Scottish National Youth Final Winner 2012
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Children (Age 6 - 10)
    • Pre-Teen (Age 11 - 13)
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

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."

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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

Reviews

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)

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • Elementary School / Primary
  • Jr High/Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Outdoor

Cautions

  • No Special Cautions

License details

  • Minimum Fee: £37 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Production

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

2boy(s), 3girl(s), 11boy(s) or girl(s)

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

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Cast Attributes

  • Flexible casting
  • Roles for Children
  • Room for Extras

Casting Notes

This is primarily a 'youth' play

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Authors

Ron Nicol

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

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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.

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