The Big Helpers
Campbell, John Gounod (Canadian playwright, 1910-____),
“The Big Helpers,” a __-minute play in English, set in _____, 1958,
(2m are boys)
© 1958 by John Gounod Campbell;
• in John Gounod Campbell’s Six Plays for Children (Hamilton and Saskatoon, Ontario, Canada: School Publications & Specialties, 1958);
• script/rights probably available from source named in Campbell’s anthology.
• Cited in The Brock Bibliography of Published Canadian Plays in English 1766-1978, edited by Anton Wagner (anthologist, editor, educator, theatre scholar, 1949-____) (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Playwrights Press, 1980). ISBN 0-88754-157-7, ISBN 0-88754-155-0.
_____ (m), boy, _____; _____ (m), boy, _____; _____ (f), __, mother; _____ (f), __, mother.
“Two boys discuss how difficult it is to help people who don’t want help, while all the time their mothers have many chores for them to help with.”
Premiered at Peterborough Children’s Theatre, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, April, 1957.—Brock, 82. Campbell has other one-act plays published by Playwrights Co-op, Toronto, Canada. • Not to be confused with Aurand Harris’ anthology Six Plays for Children, biography and play analyses by Coleman A. Jennings (Austin, Texas, U.S.A.: University of Texas Press, 1977), ISBN 0292703252.
altruism, chore, family, independence, mother-son relationship, parenting, responsibility.