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Panchatantra on Stage

66 pages40 minutes


This book consists of eighteen plays that are based on the old Indian book the Panchatantra. Each play is between five and ten minutes long. The plays can be used for performance, readers' theatre or to promote reading in groups. The plays are simple so it is very easy for young children to memorise their lines. The cast list is flexible – more characters can be added and existing characters can be changed or omitted depending on the size and requirements of the group. Most of the characters can be on stage throughout the play, with children walking to the centre of the stage when it is time to say their lines. The teacher/leader can assume the role of the storyteller/s if the children can't read or are not at the reading level required.

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