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© 2019 John Middleton

United States Copyright Office

1-8168934481

Herstellung und Verlag: BoD – Books on Demand GmbH, Norderstedt

ISBN: 9783751940870

Other plays from THE PLAYLET SERIES by John Middleton:

EVERY DAY – a play in 10 scenes about EVERYDAY LIFE

for Years 2, 3 and 4 (Level 1/1)

FRIENDS – a play in 9 scenes about FRIENDS

for Years 3, 4 and 5 (Level 2/1)

LUCKY CHARMS – a play in 10 scenes about LUCK

for Years 6, 7 and 8 (Level 3/2)

STAND UP – a play in 8 scenes about MORAL COURAGE

for Years 8, 9 and 10 (Level 4/1)

FEAR – a play in 7 scenes about FEAR

for Years 9, 10 and 11 (Level 5/1)

MONOLOGS FOR YOUNG ADULTS – 25 scenes

for Years 11 and 12 or for university students (September 2020)

CONTENTS

FOREWORD

NEW KEY CHAIN is a play for students in Years 6, 7 or 8 (Level 3/1). It is designed for a normal-sized English class and for students with varying interests in acting. Since there are 49 roles – none of which are really minor – students who enjoy acting can perform in several scenes and play to their heart’s content, whereas students who aren’t particularly keen on acting only have one role to master in one single scene. Every scene deals with a key, big keys and small keys, new keys and old keys, keys that lock doors and keys that open hearts, keys that are lost and keys that are found, keys that bring people together and keys that bring people apart. There are monologues, dialogues and scenes with as many as eight or nine performers. The themes are geared to the experiences of students today – such as friendship, bullying, infatuation and rejection – and offer young actresses and actors the opportunity to discover a wide variety of feelings while performing. The plots are believable and understandable, the language is idiomatic and easily accessible for English learners. NEW KEY CHAIN works well when performed for smaller audiences: parents and other classes. But it can also be highly entertaining for a large audience. Performing time: about one hour. Of course, it is also possible to select individual scenes and perform them as simple skits outside the context of the NEW KEY CHAIN. In that case it is still recommendable to create a suitable setting for presenting the skits to an audience. The true joy of performing a foreign-language play is to feel it click, to realize that the people watching the performance don’t only “get the picture”, they are also delighted to see a story come to life when presented in English by non-native performers.

– John Middleton, Hamburg, 2019

PROLOGUE

(Two MCs come out on stage, two girls.)

MC1

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, key lovers and key haters.

MC2

We are going to present fifteen scenes about keys.

MC1

Big keys and small keys.

MC2

New keys and old keys.

MC1

Keys that lock doors and keys that open hearts.

MC2

Keys that are lost and keys that are found.

MC1

Keys that bring people together and keys that bring people apart.

MC2

Hey, you know what I hate about the key to my house?

MC1

No, what?

MC2

I always lose it.

MC1

It’s important to have a second key.

MC2

Sure, but I always lose the second key, too.

MC1

Then you need a key with a built-in beeper that beeps whenever you are looking for it.

MC2

What do you mean?

MC1

If I lose my key, I pull out the beeper control and push it. And my key starts to beep. Like this…

(We hear a beep.)

MC2

But what if I lose the beeper control?

MC1

Then you need a beeper control for the beeper control.

MC2

And what if I lose the beeper control for the beeper control?

MC1

Then you need a beeper control for the beeper control for the beeper control.

MC2

And what if I lose the beeper control for the beeper control for the beeper control?

MC1

Then don’t lock your door.

MC2

That’s a good idea. Thanks.