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
WHERE IS THIS SKIT USED?
- 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