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THE POPPING OF THE GRAND BALLOON
A play to be performed by children
by MARY RENSTEN
THE POPPING OF THE GRAND BALLOON is adapted from the
Hungarian folk story
THE LITTLE ROOSTER AND THE DIAMOND BUTTON.
|Cast:||14 speaking parts (variable m/f), two of which are substantial, + crowd as required.|
|Suggested Age Range:||8 to 11.|
|Approx. Running Time:||50 minutes.|
|Music:||Not prescribed. Can be live - recorders / percussion or as available - or recorded; simple dances and / or incidental music.|
|Set:||As desired; could work well "in the round".|
|Synopsis:|| The Little
Rooster, poor and hungry, scratching in the earth for something for himself and
his poor Old Woman to eat, finds a Diamond Button. The Grand Balloon, the very
fat ruler of the land, claims it and takes it from the Rooster.
As the Rooster attempts to persuade the inflated autocrat to concede, his native wit causes ever greater amusement as does the humorous, punning wit of the author as she symbolises the human frailty of those who apparently hold sway - and whose bubble is finally burst.
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|Performance Rights:||Code Z|
Licence to Copy:
|The Popping of the Red Balloon: Video Licence||Code H|
ISBN 978 1 872475 10 3