What If . . . ?
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- Carrying The Calf-4f
- Culinary Education-1m1f
- Duck Blind-1f
- Girl In The Flower Basket-The-3f
- Hansel And Gretel-2m2f
- I Am Marguerite-2f
- Recipe For Christmas-A-1f
- Topsy Turvy-2m2f
- Towards Partnership-2m2f
- Witchs Brew-A-3f
- Womens Circle Project-4f
Barrie, Shirley (aka Shirley G. Barrie, Canadian playwright, arts administrator, producer, 1945-____), “What If . . . ?"
a __-minute children's drama in English, set in an abandoned house, Canada, 1995,
(variable casting, 2m3f, puppets + percussionist)
© 1995 by Shirley Barrie;
• in Shirley Barrie’s What If . . . ? (Toronto, Ontario, Canada: The Author, 1998);
• script/rights available from Shirley Barrie, 462 Clendenan Avenue, Toronto Ontario M6P 2X6, Canada, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, http://www.shirleybarrie.ca, telephone (home) 416-762-7050, fax 416-762-8769.
Tony (m), 10, Shelley's big brother; Brad (m), __, a newcomer; Shelley (f), 6, Tony's little sister.
"Shelley . . . always imagines the worst thing that can happen which drives her brother Tony . . . nuts. Shelley desperately wants to play miniature golf with Tony and his friends but he refuses to take her unless she spends an afternoon in an old abandoned house. Fighting her imaginary terrors, she rides her tricycle to the house where she meets a new boy, Brad, who has only one leg. Immediately making friends, Shelley and Brad figure out how he too can play mini golf but their play is interrupted by Tony who refuses to take either of them to play for real. How Shelley and Brad get him to change his mind is part of an exciting, fast-paced story in which themes of learning to accept difference, solving problems creatively, and resolving conflict are subtly interwoven."--Plays for Young Audiences by Shirley Barrie, http://www3.sympatico.ca/sbarrie.kchubb/plays/young.htm#WHAT, accessed June 10, 2008.
• Audience Sr. Kindergarten to Grade 4.
• Premiered by Straight Stitching Productions on tour, January, 1995. Director: Lib Spry.—Plays for Young Audiences by Shirley Barrie.
• "In 1972 I co-founded the Wakefield Tricycle Company in London, England with Ken Chubb. In 1978 I wrote 'The Adventures of Super Granny and the Kid' for young audiences and have been on the playwrighting [sic] adventure ever since. In 1980 the Wakefield Tricycle Company opened the Tricycle Theatre, a 220 seat theatre that continues to produce plays on the Kilburn High Road in London. In 2006 the theatre received a Special Award for its pioneering political work at the Evening Standard Theatre Awards. In 1985, Ken and I returned to Canada. In Toronto in 1989, after working on a Popular Theatre project inspired by the stories of immigrant women who work in the garment industry, I joined with long time friend and collaborator, Lib Spry, and musician, Arlene Mantle to found Straight Stitching Productions. Since 2000 I have worked with story editor, Ken Chubb, on the development of film and television projects. I was Senior Story Editor on Jozi-H, a 13 part hospital drama co-produced by Inner City Films (Canada) and Morula Pictures (South Africa) which was shown on CBC TV in 2006/07 and SABC3 in 2007. I was the Executive Director of the Canadian Society of Painters in Water Colour from 1988-2005."—Shirley Barrie - Playwright and producer, http://www3.sympatico.ca/sbarrie.kchubb/plays/index.htm, accessed June 10, 2008.
abandoned house, acceptance, brother-sister relationship, children's theatre, first encounter, friendship, handicap, imaginary terror, miniature golf, problem solving, self-reliance.