Comic theatrical sketches suitable for museums, schools, outdoor events and festivals.
History cut down to size, or truncated, and performed in authentic costume, using a trunk for minimal props. Hence the name. Designed for mixed ages so that the whole family can enjoy a show together.
A simple backdrop can be provided as well, if appropriate and feasible.
COOKING UP A STORM
James Cook’s Mum boasts of her boy’s many endeavours. Anachronistic music and a toy kangaroo assist the action (such as it is). Help from the crew needed to avoid the Endeavour sinking before we get to the end of the story.
A comic retelling of the entire history of the Viking nation with Eric and Hilda to guide you through. Audience may have to row themselves ashore, and there are no lager breaks.
* Boats with Legs - Viking Longship
THE SPANISH ARMADA
Drake ducks and dives as the Queen counts her money, samples Spanish culture and insults the ambassador. War breaks out in the audience but it all works out OK in the end … sort of.
* Costumed Characters - Queen Elizabeth
THE BATTLE OF TRAFALGAR
Panic aboard as Inner State fights the entire battle in a nifty 30 minutes, with unexpected and hilarious results. Audience participation essential or the course of history might be changed.
* Boats with Legs - HMS Victory
THE RIME OF THE ANCIENT MARINER
Sir Henry Greatham attempts to read the epic poem, but is totally distracted by his assistant who insists on playing all the parts, aided by a passing seagull. A huge row ensues along with a ferocious storm.
* Beside the Seaside
GEORGE & THE DRAGON
A warped understanding of the encounter between the Patron Saint of England and a passing dragon. With a surprising twist in the dragon’s tale leading to an unexpected ending.
ARTHUR & THE DRAGON
Same story as George and the Dragon, but the names have been changed for health and safety reasons !
* Trot-about Horses - Arthur & Guinevere
* Costumed Characters - Medieval
TEA AND CROQUET ANYONE?
The Queen of Hearts joins the Mad Hatter for tea but finds that Alice is back in Wonderland. The flamingos and hedgehogs are on standby for a quick game of croquet before The Queen demands tea and jam tarts. Lots of silliness, audience participation, croquet and songs.
* Costumed Characters - Mad Hatter & Queen of Hearts
GREATHAM'S GRAND PUPPET SHOW
Patriotic history of great British heroes and events, introduced by Sir Henry Greatham. Completely wrecked by Lady Lydia who is, as usual, a bit ‘the worse for wear’ and has misunderstood Henry’s instruction. The so-called puppets are made from her ‘empties’ and Lydia’s state of mind can only lead to chaos.
Can be done for any period but most suits Georgian or Victorian.
* What the Dickens? - A Christmas Carol
GREATHAM'S PARLOUR CONCERT
A Victorian entertainment with a mixture of songs, monologues and mirth. Brought to you by Lady Lydia at the harmonium, and Sir Henry in charge of proceedings … as usual. Also available with a seasonal flavour for Christmas.
* Costumed Characters - Victorian
PYRAMUS AND THISBE
The Mechanicals’ scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream … slight liberties taken with Shakespeare’s excellent script and they’ll need volunteer actors from the audience to complete the cast of thousands.
Can be performed in basic costume for a range of periods including Georgian, Victorian and, of course, Shakespearean.
Shiraz and Chardonnay, the Ugly Sisters (don’t call them that within earshot) are determined to sort Cinderella out for good n’ all. They may let Cinders go to the Ball because they’ve got a secret plan. “Oh, no they haven’t !” “ Oh, yes they have !”
Meanwhile Buttons is sleeping by the fire and oblivious to the chaos about to erupt, and the Prince may wish he’d never gone to the Ball in the first place. It’s unlikely that anyone will live ‘happily ever after’ but with luck, it might all be over by Christmas.
* What the Dickens? - A Christmas Carol
* The Spivs - Christmas Variety Show