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The Poetry Machine - a play for children by Revelly Robinson
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SynopsisIn this play for older children, an ageing poet is suffering a severe case of writer’s block. The poet comes across a gypsy who promises that a poetry machine will be able to help him/her write by simply placing material in the machine to form a story. The writer takes the machine home and after putting his/her grandchild’s toys in the machine, concocts a story in poetry about a pirate, robot and teddy bear. The poet finishes reading the story to find that his/her grandchild has disappeared, presumably having crept inside the poetry machine. The poet also enters the machine and encounters the characters invented from the previous story, each inhabiting the opposite persona from that of the story. In the quest for his/her grandchild, the poet tries his/her best to comfort the chaotic characters when the gypsy reappears. Blaming the gypsy for the disappearance of his/her grandchild, the gypsy continues to infuriate the poet by speaking in riddles until the poet is finally awoken by his/her grandchild. Back in reality the poet realizes that the machine was not necessary to renew his/her writing and that s/he had the talent all along.
InformationSuitable for Under-16s to seeSuitable for under 16s to perform
CastSix actors of any sex (minimum 6)
Older poet, a gypsy, a grandchild, a robot, a teddy bear and a pirate
ProductionSimple - a living room with a large cardboard machine with a door, a short market scene in front of the curtains and in act two, inside the dream world of the machine.
StatusAvailable for performance
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