The Ramparts

Queen Elizabeth I's defenses

Summary: The Elizabethan defensive earth ramparts and bastions at Berwick-upon-Tweed, England are nearly finished by early 1587. Several people arrive at a party to celebrate. But are the new defenses really complete? What happens when the Italian engineer arrives? Find out in this entertaining skit by British playwright, Chris Green.

  • Type: True information; made-up skit
  • Grades: 7-12
  • Cast: 5
  • Performance Time: 10 minutes


  • History classes as reader’s theatre
  • Drama or English classes performed
  • Choral music with drama concerts
  • Renaissance festivals

There are defensive walls throughout the world that include bastions (e.g., Berwick-upon-tweed, England; Fort Ste. Anne, Nova Scotia; Royal Navy Dockyard, Bermuda; Montjuic Castle, Spain). “The Ramparts” was written to bring awareness to this type of fortification.

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“I used this in a Renaissance-themed drama production. The interaction between characters is hilarious, especially with the Italian, Portinari. The topic of bastions was hugely interesting to students (and parents). I appreciate the background information Rebecca Locklear always provides for these skits.” Amazon customer

“You do such a great job, Rebecca! Your performances are always awesome events. Thanks for working with the kids and giving them something that LASTS.” Tia, Parent

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