This play on Spain has a cast of 30 - easily adjustable up or down
Duration: Reading time around 10 minutes but this does not include music suggestions/dancing - which will double the length of the assembly.
(Child 17 brings on supper of cheese, served on bread)
Child 17: Supper! Cena. This is the last meal of the day and is a light meal. I think you’ll enjoy this sheep’s cheese and bread.
(Narrator eats, then Child 17 clears away)
Narrator: Well! That was certainly the fastest three meals I’ve ever had in my life!
(Enter Child 18 with bunch of grapes)
Child 18: Good practice for New Year’s Eve – when you need to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds!
Narrator: And why would I want to do that?
Child 18: If you want good luck for the next year.
Narrator: What a strange custom!
Child 18: But it’s a country’s special traditions that keep it alive!
(Enter Child 19 – 23 in national costume, plus sheep: Child 24 & 25)
Narrator: (Gasping) Wow! Just look at these national costumes!
Child 19: In Valencia we wear long silk dresses and shawls worn over our shoulders
Child 20: And short dark jackets and large-brimmed black hats for us men!
Music 3 – Flamenco music
(Child 21 flamencos across the stage)
Child 21: How do you like my dress? Andalucian style?
Narrator: Ah! Beautiful!
Music 4 – Bagpipes music
(Everyone covers their ears; Narrator walks over and signals to Bagpipe player, Child 22, to stop)
Child 22: The finest music from Galicia!
Narrator: If you say so!
(Sound of loud bleating from the sheep)
Narrator: (To Shepherd, Child 23) And you sir?
Child 23: A shepherd, from the Basque country, looking after his sheep.
(Sheep start ‘jostling/nudging’ Flamenco dancer who does her best to fend off their attentions)
Narrator: (To Shepherd) Er, maybe time to herd them up?
Child 23: Of course. No problems.
(Shepherd, Child 23 whistles – and sheep come running)
(Exit Child 19 – 25)
Narrator: (Sighing with relief) Phew! Never a good idea to bring animals into a production!
(Sounds of screams and shouting as Child 1 – 5/Pamplona Runners race across stage)
Narrator: Wait a minute! Wait a minute! What’s going on here?
(One of ‘runners’ returns to explain)
Runner: (Panting) Haven’t you heard of The Running of the Bulls?
Narrator: Oh no! Not more animals! These sound way scarier than those sheep!