The Great Siege

Desperate Choices

In this mini-play, two Scottish parents are forced to make deliberate choices during war with King Edward III of England in order to save their sons. Two versions of what might have happened are acted out before what really transpired is revealed. (It prompts lots of discussion.)

  • Type: True event
  • Time and Region: 1333, northeast England
  • Grades: 6-12, adults
  • Cast: Perfect for two main actors as the parents.
  • Performance Time: 5 minutes

WHERE IS “The Siege of Berwick” USED?

  • History classes as reader’s theatre
  • English classes when discussing choices
  • Middle Ages fairs and events
  • Choral music with drama concerts
  • Drama showcases

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“As a drama teacher, I liked using this scene because actors have to portray two versions of the same story – which is challenging. But I can easily see this used in an English class when the topic is times when parents (or others) have to make choices no one should have to make. This was a successful scene and I highly recommend it to others.” – Amazon customer

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