Smuggler’s Song by Rudyard Kipling (If by Rudyard Kipling is available on this website as an assembly/class play)
Around 5 minutes
This is a very short performance. It is not intended as a full-length assembly – more as a mini assembly.
Written for a class of 30 – the number is easily adapted up or down by reallocation of lines (currently standing at 2 lines for each of 12 readers)
(Enter King George’s men)
Reader 7: If you meet King George’s men, dressed in blue and red,
You be careful what you say and mindful of what is said.
Reader 8: If they call you
King George’s man 1: “pretty maid,”
Reader 8: And chuck you ‘neath the chin,
Don’t you tell where no one is, nor yet where no one’s been!
(Exit King George’s men)
Reader 9: Knocks and footsteps round the house — whistles after dark —
You’ve no call for running out till the house-dogs bark.
(Pointing to two dogs)
Reader 10: Trusty’s here, and Pincher’s here, and see how dumb they lie —
They don’t fret to follow when the Gentlemen go by!