Babes In The Wood

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Synopsis:

The wicked Prince John plans to have the children of his brother King Richard, killed so that he can claim the throne of England for himself. He enlists the help of the Sheriff of Nottingham to help him achieve his aim. But they reckon without schoolteacher Nellie Nettles and her TA, Bugsy.

The Babes are kidnapped by the Sheriff’s henchmen and taken to the woods. But helped by Maid Marion and Robin Hood and his Merry Men, Nursie and Bugsy set out to rescue them and thwart Prince John’s evil plans.

Will the Babes be saved and returned to the ample bosom of Nursie? Of course they will. To find out how, order and read the panto script in full.

Roles:

10 principals plus several smaller speaking roles and a chorus with some lines.

Runtime:

All of our scripts have a runtime of under 2hrs (not including any interval) But this is very dependent on your own production and can be edited by yourselves to suit your own needs.

Music:

All of our pantomimes come with a full, suggested songs and music cues and SFX list.

Style:

Traditional British pantomime, incorporating visual comedy, slapstick and audience participation.

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CHARACTERS

NELLIE NETTLES
MAID MARION
BUGSY
RIFF
RAFF
DAVID
VICTORIA
SHERIFF OF NOTTINGHAM
PRINCE JOHN
ROBIN HOOD

SUPPORTING ROLES – CHORUS

Friar Tuck
Little John
Alan-a-Dale
Will Scarlet
Dancers; Schoolchildren [includes Babes] Villagers; Fairies; Wood Sprites; etc.

 

SCENE ONE

THE VILLAGE OF PIDDLE IN THE FIELD

Chorus are onstage. Music cue 1: Chorus. After song ends…

Enter Bugsy [SR]

BUGSY: Hello boys and girls! I’m Bugsy and I’m a Teaching Assistant at, Nottingham Upon Trent School. NUTS for short.

CHORUS 1: Shouldn’t you already be at school, Bugsy?

BUGSY: I’m just on my way there now.

CHORUS 2: Why are you always late, Bugsy?

BUGSY: I have trouble hearing the alarm clock.

CHORUS 3: How come?

BUGSY: Because I’m always fast asleep when it goes off.

CHORUS 4: You won’t have a problem hearing Miss Nettles when she bawls you out, later.

Exit Chorus [SR] laughing.

BUGSY: I’m a bit sad today boys and girls. [elicit sympathy] I’ve just broken up with my girlfriend and I need a big hug to cheer me up. I can’t hug you all individually, so it’ll have to be a virtual hug. Whenever I come on and shout hiya boys and girls, will you all shout back, hugsy Bugsy! Let’s have a practice then. Hiya boys and girls! Thanks, I feel better already.

Enter Nellie Nettles [SL]

NELLIE: Bugsy!

BUGSY: Miss Nettles!

NELLIE: Why are you late for school again?

BUGSY: Sorry Nellie, I thought it was half term.

NELLIE: Which proves that you only have half a brain!

BUGSY: Don’t have a go Nellie, my girlfriend’s just dumped me.

NELLIE: Why did she dump you?

BUGSY: I mentioned that she drew her eyebrows too high, and she seemed surprised.

NELLIE: She would do.

BUGSY: Anyway, how come you aren’t at school yet, Nellie?

NELLIE: I’ve just been, and none of the kids had turned up for class.

BUGSY: Maybe it’s half term after all.

NELLIE: Don’t talk daft! The little monsters are wagging it!

BUGSY: Maybe their parents kept them off because you cancelled sex education.

NELLIE: It was too embarrassing Bugsy.

BUGSY: For you or the kids?

NELLIE: Me! Some of the stuff they mentioned, I’d never even heard of!

BUGSY: That’s because you’re a member of the older generation.

NELLIE: Rubbish! I’m still a young fresh-faced woman.

BUGSY: [laughs] Fresh-faced!?

NELLIE: Yes, and it’s all down to…

BUGSY: Botox!

NELLIE: No! Hard work and good clean living!

BUGSY: [to audience] I do the hard work and she does the good living.

NELLIE: Plus, I allow myself a visit to the beauty parlour once a week. I was booked in today, but they had to cancel due to technical problems.

BUGSY: Don’t tell me the cement mixer has broken down again?

NELLIE: One off these days you’ll push me too far, Bugsy!

BUGSY: [to audience] I’d need a bulldozer to push her.

NELLIE: That’s it! [hands him a note] Take this and put it in the…[local paper]

BUGSY: What is it?

NELLIE: It’s an ad for a new teaching assistant.

BUGSY: You’re sacking me!?

NELLIE: Full marks Bugsy.

BUGSY: Can’t you take a joke, Nellie?

NELLIE: Take it!? I’ve employed it for two years, and now it’s somebody else’s turn.

BUGSY: I’d better go then. [trudging off eliciting audience sympathy]

NELLIE: Stop playing for sympathy, this isn’t Jack and the Beanstalk.

BUGSY: No, but it still has an old cow in it. [exits SL]

NELLIE: Hopefully, my next TA won’t be so cheeky.

Enter Marion [SR]

MARION: Hello, Nellie!

NELLIE: [to audience] This is Lady Marion, isn’t she lovely?

MARION: I’ve just seen Bugsy and he seemed really upset.

NELLIE: That’s because I’ve just sacked him.

MARION: But Bugsy’s been with you forever, Nellie.

NELLIE: Two years, actually. It just seems like it’s been forever.

MARION: But where will you find another TA willing to work for nothing?

NELLIE: Bugsy didn’t work for nothing, he got paid in kind.

MARION: What kind?

NELLIE: [to audience] Steady on now! He got free board and lodgings.

MARION: How come you didn’t pay him any money?

NELLIE: I can’t afford it due to government cuts.

MARION: What have they cut now?

NELLIE: Everything. I’ve even had to recycle the kid’s exercise books.

MARION: How can you recycle exercise books?

NELLIE: By cutting them into squares and hanging them in the loo.

MARION: That can’t be very nice for the children. Especially the shiny covers.

NELLIE: They have to learn to take the rough with the smooth, Marion.

MARION: But your new assistant might want paid in money.

NELLIE: Good point. I’ll tell Bugsy he can have his old job back.

Music cue 2: Enter Robin [SL]

ROBIN: Hello Marion.

MARION: Hello Robin!

ROBIN: Who’s this, Marion?

MARION: This is my new boyfriend, Robin Hood.

NELLIE: I notice you’re wearing tights Robin.

ROBIN: I find them comfortable for swinging.

NELLIE: Which way?

ROBIN: Anyway I feel like.

NELLIE: He seems like a confused young man, Marion.

MARION: Robin isn’t confused Nellie, but I think you might be.