Just a selection of some of the kind things people have been saying. Thank you so much to all of you.
Queen's Diamond Jubilee (I have received many similar emails from Titanic, Jubilee and Olympics customers - I haven't had time to include them in this section - will do when I get a spare min!)
Thank you so much for the wonderful script, it is absolutely perfect for my Year 3 class of 18 children and our assembly is on 31st May so fingers crossed we will do it justice!
I look forward to seeing your future scripts now that I have discovered you.
Thank you so much for your e mail and downloads I was really impressed with the service and speed at which they arrived! Nand
Thank you so much for your personal e-mail, now that is what I call service! Janie
It's absolutely brilliant that you replied so quickly. I'm thrilled to have discovered you and will be back to purchase more plays. As a matter of fact, I'm going to volunteer to have a drama club after school next year since you have so kindly put together plays that I could easily work with. Brava!
Keep up the wonderful work! You have a knack for it, and I'm so tied up with running a classroom and creating a curriculum that I would never have time to even attempt anything that time consuming (nor do I have the talent!).
Mary Jo---your new fan!
Write on Request Service
Request for Rainforest Assembly - delivered following day! This, as I explained to Nick, was an absolute record! I usually take at least a day to research, a day to write and a day to 'tidy up'/produce end product. But as script was needed in hours, not days ..... just shows, anything is possible!
Thank you very much for doing the playscript. You have saved my class assembly. I can't believe how quickly you have managed to write it
I just thought I would let you know that we did our Hawaii Assembly for whole school and parents yesterday! It went amazingly well. I thoroughly enjoyed doing it with the kids and lots of parents said they had learned loads from the assembly! Vikki
Martin Luther King scripts
The play is a really good way of getting students interested .Am presently doing "Holes" with my yr 8 students and wanted to do something on segregation and discrimination so this works in perfectly. Ruth (U.S. teacher)
Pride Assembly (PSHE)
The pride assembly that you sent is spot on thank you. My children in Year 6 think it's hilarious! We're really having fun practising it in small groups in the classroom and performing it to each other, so thank you.
Ancient Greek Assembly
I am just writing to you to thank you for a fabulous script. Today was the day of our performance to the parents and other children of the school.
It was a huge success! All attending (hall was jam packed) enjoyed the show as it was funny, witty and informative. In particular the choice of music added to the enjoyment.
For your information, we found the lyrics to ‘Hole in the Head’ a bit inappropriate and replaced it with ‘Can’t get you out of my head’ by Kylie. We also shortened the play and left out the last part. Homer and his wife were a great success and we played the start of the Simpsons tune every time Mrs. Homer (with blue wig) came onto the stage. Very successful!
Our assembly took just over 30 minutes and we had 59 children performing.
Once again, thank you for the great script. I will have to do another assembly next year and I will certainly be looking at your web site for help!!!
Viking Guided Readers
Many thanks for another fantastic piece that I can share with my pupils!
p.s I have been meaning to email feedback from last year when I bought 'The Greeks'. The children loved it and found it very funny! They especially liked Homer eating the doughnut. I got one of children to eat a real one and the jam squirted out all over his shirt with brilliant comedy timing!
I think the play will be something that my pupils and I will always fondly remember!
New Year Resolutions Assembly
enjoyed the asssembly - i like the way you moved it on from the usual new year resolutions to the way we should really think of them.
St. David's Day (Welsh) Assembly
I was thrilled with what you've produced and laughed out loud as I read. Elizabeth
Easter Story Assembly
Just read the play. Very different to your assemblies but really good. You get all the story in and put it across really well. I think a few schools who celebrate Easter will appreciate this play. I like the way you make Peter a central character as well. You get all the main points in simple and straightforwardly which is quite a challenge because the Easter story is quite a complex one. I did enjoy it.
Ancient Egypt Assembly
I was lucky enough to witness, first hand, one of your fantastic plays come to life as a class performance. What I, and the children didn't know about the Ancient Egyptians by the end of the performance, wasn't worth knowing! It was hilarious, informative and thoroughly engaging. Children deserve to learn in innovative ways like this!
Full Name: Fiona Watson
kids loved it, fantastic script. Thank You very much.
Ancient Egypt Guided Reading Scripts plus World Cup
Hiya Sue, that's fab, thank you so much. The scripts are fantastic and just what I was looking for for our Egypt topic this term. Thanks for the football stuff as well - the boys will love it!
Thank you so much!
Tudor Explorer Assembly
I used your Tudor Explorer Play last November and it was great. Great music choices. Thanks again
Tudors: Rich and Poor Assembly
I just wanted to let you know that the Tudors Rich and Poor play with my wife’s year 5 class went extremely well and the compliments flowed! They were asked to perform it again for some classes that were on a school trip that day and missed the first run. Thanks again and we’ll remember to come back to you for any future topics.
Re: Ancient Egypt Guided Reading Texts
Thanks a lot! I really appreciate those. The kids have been having fun with the scripts. They love the daddy was a mummy one.
I appreciate these products. It saves me a lot of time.
This first one from a publisher I use:
Review of Australian Assembly
A short play giving a lot of information about the land down under: some history, some wildlife, some music and some facts and figures to round it all out.
This is another well-presented assembly from Sue Russell. There is the usual large cast size to accommodate a class group, with the many, small parts offset by having the two main characters who are onstage for the majority of the production. There are regular musical interludes to add interest, and any passages that contain recitation of facts, figures or histories are balanced by changing the speakers or having the characters react – I particularly liked the Swagman complaining there was too much dry information.
Since there’s so much to Australia, there is a sense that this is more of a mish-mash of facts, figures and events than some of the other assemblies. However, this idea is adopted within the piece too, with the narrator complaining that Australia is so big there’s an awful lot of information to cover.
To conclude: a bright, fast overview of a big, big country and a good introduction to a school topic.
Another very interesting assembly. I don't know much about Australia so i learnt quite a bit as well. I like the use of British and Aussie characters to show the two sides of the argument and the history of Australia. I like the use of the Aborigines as well to give the true Australia.
Re: World Smile Day play
Yes, had a quick read through - very good and made me smile!
Yes I like it you get a lot of ideas into a short play - I like the variety with the jokes and the quotes and the proverbs from the different countries. Hope it goes well
Sue, this is so brilliant, it didn't make me smile, it made me laugh! I love the line about happiness being perfume!!! Having quotes from all around the world adds to it as well.I would love to use this in assembly!!!!
Thank you for sending me a copy!
The assembly was fantastic and so many parents commented on it,
Just sending you a message to say that my class performed your Roman and Celtic assembly today and it was a triumph, so a huge thanks once again, Melanie
You certainly do do a lot of research - this assembly has a lot of information and is just what assemblies need - when you 'do' a topic, you do lots of different aspects of it and this covers everything - again with new information for me.
The Victorian assembly went extremely well, the script was excellent and the humour went down very well. The length of the assembly was just right and perfect for what I wanted.
I have used the short one and adapted it slightly for my class. They are very excited!
It's a great service you offer - I shall be back!
Our Victorians assembly was a great success - thank you so much! Keep writing Sue!
Thanks so much for the resources, they are great! My class really enjoyed the MLk script so I will definitely be using it again.
These scripts are just brilliant - an excellent addition to the classroom! They allow the children to learn the facts whilst "in role" and participating. Learning has become dynamic. I am using the Martin Luther King script with older, sometimes disaffected students as part of their Citizenship module. Mary Davey, Hull, England
I'm an 8th grade language arts teacher who sees your work as an opportunity to work on the students' reading skills and intergrate the curriculum at the same time.
Thanks again. I'm looking forward to St. Patrick!
What a treasure mine I happened upon when I found your site!I look forward to reviewing these scripts! Yea!
Thanks so much,
2nd grade teacher
Richmond, VA Henrico County Public Schools
Yes! Please send me a copy of the Martin Luther King play. My students asked to do a readers' theater on him, and yours is the best! Rebecca Taylor
Thank you very much for the information and also the Martin Luther King script. I am always on the look out for new sources for Readers Theatre. The students love this type of format!" (Jennifer Fenrich)
From a Student
Your website is really amazing. It's a brilliant idea to write plays for children to act out to help them learn about history. It would be wonderful if we could do something like that at school! Most of my friends don't really enjoy history lessons, and I think it's mainly because we only read the textbook and listen to our teacher. Because I'm really keen on history, I don't find the lessons boring at all, but I think that some people in class would enjoy history much more if in some of our lessons we acted out your plays! (Fiona, London)
We are going to do this play as a whole school, thanks! It is awesome! (referring to "Go Obama!")
St. Georges Day comments from Elizabeth in Australia
We had a thoroughly wonderful St George evening. We drank mulled wine in earthenware goblets...Between the rich mixed vegetable soup and the pot-roasted beef with all sorts of trimmings, we did the plays-R-ussell (love it) play script to great acclaim. I had copied and bound and highlighted six sets of script and made a named- headband for each character so the audience could instantly recognize who was who. Our hostess, Mary, who is north country English, made a fabulous QE2 and the host, similarly English, played a strong Saint George. I was the narrator, Dick played Winston Churchill, Ken (thehermit) was (appropriately) John Lennon and our PickPocket took the role of Will Shakespeare. It all went down extremely well and we thank YOU very much for that. An irreverently well written play, R- ussell!
Sue, I hope all your play scripts are received as well as this one was. Everyone was most impressed. All the best with all your future writing.
Re: Great Britain Assembly
Really enjoyed the play, it certainly incorporates the greats of Great Britain and I learnt something about how the countries came to be linked together - never knew that.
Good luck with the other plays
Christmas Spirit - The Conversion of Mrs Scrooge
Thanks for your efficient and helpful service. The christmas play looks really good and the inclusion of a word file is a great help. Fiona
Just to let you know that the assembly 'The Conversion of Mrs Scrooge" was a great success - thanks!
Bonfire Night Assembly
I enjoyed Bonfire Night. Like the change of venue for the gunpowder - good for an american audience as well. Can just imagine a john travolta guy! Claire
World Cup Scripts
Goalie Courage - freebie (tribute to Green)
I must thank you for the play you sent with your email. It was perfect timing - not only with happened with the English team, of course, but for my daughter, given the "misses" (she felt) she had at her last soccer game yesterday. I actually had a read-through with her; she played the goalie's part and I played all the others. She "got" the lesson in it, so as I said, perfect timing - and thanks!
World Cup Assembly
Just read your assembly - what a lot of information about Brazil - I wonder why!!!!!!!! It is really good, again, I learnt things about the world cup I didn't know. I like the England fan idea, I think you get across the passion and the intensity of the need for England to win again.
Excellent stuff. Nice big part for the referee, bet all the kids will want to be the ref for once! Especially as it involves a lot of blowing of the whistle.
"The 2010 World Cup. Children will love this chance to present to the school the inside story of one of the worlds largest sporting events. Smashing"
World Cup Leavers' Assembly
I really enjoyed the play. Some of the interplay between the characters is really funny. Think it is one of my favourites!
If I were the English Coach script.
After watching the rather half hearted playing of the English football team I was inspired by the enthusiastic and powerful script written by the play wright Sue Russell describing what it is the England coach should have perhaps been saying to the down hearted England players in half time yesterday. The play describes the scene within the English football teams locker rooms in half time and the discussion between players and the coach on how the game is being played. The Coach is passionate, believable and inspiring, and although at first the players are resistant to what is said to them, they are eventually persuaded by the coach as all excuses are quashed by the coaches persistent passion.
This sort of passion is what I believe to be lacking from the England team at present and I, being a passionate fan of English football myself, believe that if we we’re to put a passionate coach like the one described in the play into the actual English team locker room, or even the play wright herself, the lacking and needed passion may be restored in the disgruntled team we have at present, and in turn we have the priviledge of watching the Excellent English team we know we are capable of having! Well done Sue Russell for creating such an excellent influential script!
Once again, thank you very much.