I began my writing career producing plays for my pupils when I was a primary school teacher.
St David’s Day in particular proved an apt time to stage a play with the other favourite being a pantomime at Christmas.
Role play has long been regarded as being central to children’s learning so what better way of finding out about historical figures, events and legends than to act them out? Whether used as a class activity or a whole school performance once relived these stories will seldom be forgotten.
I have ready written 30 minute plays that address the Curriculum Cymreig covering such topics as Saint David, the Rebecca Riots or the Welsh Not. I am able to write a script around any theme you want.
I am also available to advise on staging the work.
DIC PENDERYN AND THE MERTHYR RIOTS
Narrator – Richard Lewis was born in Penderyn Cottage near Aberavon in 1808. In the Welsh tradition of nicknames he was known to all his friends as Dic Penderyn. He was no different to any of the thousands of other young men of his time, who were trying to earn a simple living in the hard and often brutal industries of South Wales.
SCENE ONE – Two colliers at work
Will – Come on Dic; put your back into it!
Dic – I’m sorry Will, I feel so tired, Mrs Jones’ youngest child do ‘ave the fever, his coughing kept us awake all last night.
Will – Well, if we don’t fill this dram you won’t be able to afford lodgings and how much sleep will you get living under the rail bridge with the Irish?
Dic – What a life, you work your fingers to the bone and what for? To line Crawshay’s pockets with silver!
Narrator – William Crawshay was a very wealthy and important man. He owned the iron works and coal mines where Dic worked along with most of Merthyr Tydfil. He lived in a big house which was built like a castle and overlooked the iron town. He was a strict employer who treated his workers like slaves.
SCENE TWO – Crawshay’s Castle
Crawshay – It’s no use Mr Hicks, we are not able to sell as much iron as we used to.
Hicks – Sir, I am sure orders will pick up soon.
Crawshay – No, unless there is another war then the demand for iron will remain low. I have no choice but to order a reduction in the workers’ wages.
Hicks – But Sir, the workers are already on starvation wages!
Crawshay – Either carry out my orders or there will be one less wage to worry about!
Hicks – (sadly) Yes Sir.
SCENE THREE – Outside the iron works
Narrator – The workers were gathered together in order for Mr Hicks to break the news of further cuts in pay.
Crowd of Workers – (Talking to one another).
Clerk – Order! Order! Please stand to!
Hicks – I, Anthony John Hicks, do give notice, on this second day of the seventh month of the year eighteen hundred and thirty-one, of Sir William Crawshay’s intention to reduce the wage of all manual workers in his kind employment.
Workers – (Cries of disbelief)
Will – Did I hear right …… am I dreaming?
Dic – (Shaking his head) Is there no end to our misery?
Dai – He can’t! We can’t let this happen.
Rhiannon – I’m already behind with the rent. How am I supposed to feed my children?
Will – But what can we do?
Dic – There must be something.
Dai – Aye, there is! Spread the word, there will be a meeting of all workers who are fed up with Crawshay’s tyranny, on the Waun Mountain tonight.
Narrator – That night, after the day shift had ended all the workers met on the Waun Mountain to discuss their plight.
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