Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


David Self - adapted from the 14C poem

Published by SchoolPlay Productions

4 Male 1 Female

This version of the Gawain legend has been especially adapted from the 14C poem and uses the anonymous poet as storyteller. King Arthur's Christmas festivities are interrupted by the arrival of the Green Knight. Young Gawain accepts the challenge and beheads him but, within the year, must seek him out to receive a return blow. Gawain eventually arrives unknowingly at the Knight's castle and is wooed by the latter's lady but he proves true and returns in triumph and honour to Arthur's court.

Originally commissioned by BBC Radio, this stage version can be as elaborate or as simple as desired and can stand alone or form part of a longer programme.

Cast : 6 speaking parts (4m, 1f, 1 variable) + knights, ladies and servants. Suggested Age Range : 9 upwards. Running Time : 45 - 50 minutes. Music : None essential but incidental live or recorded mediaeval and Christmas music can be helpful. Set : Open stage /arena. Scenes established by sound, light and simple props.

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