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© 2020 John Middleton

United States Copyright Office

1-8759744361

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

ISBN: 9783751963503

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)

NEW KEY CHAIN – a play in 15 scenes about KEYS

for Years 6, 7 and 8 (Level 3/1)

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

FRIENDS is a play for advanced elementary students in Years 4, 5, or 6 (Level 2/1). It is designed for a normal-sized English class and for students with varying interests in acting. Since there are 42 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 the general topic of friendship, the hope, the fun, the disappointment and the anger connected with finding, keeping and losing friends. The themes are geared to the experiences of students today 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. FRIENDS 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 FRIENDS. 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, 2020

SCENE 1 MY BEST FRIEND

(Oscar is sitting on a bench – stage right. He has something on his lap, but we can’t see what it is. He is talking to it.)

OSCAR

Hey, Charlie, I have an idea. Let’s go to the playground and swing.

CHARLIE (Oscar changes his voice and talks for Charlie)

Oh, that’s a good idea, Oscar.

OSCAR

And afterwards we can get some ice cream.

CHARLIE (Oscar changes his voice and talks for Charlie)

Ice cream? I love ice cream, Oscar.

OSCAR

Strawberry ice cream is the best, isn’t it?

CHARLIE (Oscar changes his voice and talks for Charlie)

Yes, you’re right, Oscar. Strawberry is always the best.

OSCAR