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Plays are written to be performed. A script is a written version of the play.

Watch this clip to understand the basic structure of a play script.


Follow the link below and watch the videos to help you understand the key features of a playscript.



English KS2 | Write a script | BBC Teach

This short film presents a real-world context for writing a script and challenges children to write a short script for a TV show.The presenter, Naomi Wilkins...

This week we are going to write a play-script entitled ‘Trapped'


Below is a PowerPoint example of how to set out your playscript and what to include. 

There is also a choice of playscript templates to use throughout the week for planning. 


Please complete the comprehension task below based on an Oliver Twist playscript.


Group 1: 3 star activities see bottom corner of each page. ***


Group 2 & 3: 2 star activities see bottom corner of each page. **


Group 4: 1 star activities see bottom corner of each page. *


Have a look at familiar playscripts from current TV shows. Discuss features of playscripts, stage directions and no speech marks etc .

Begin to write your own cast list and stage directions describing the opening scene of your Friday writing task entitled 'Trapped'.



Discuss features of "The Witches" playscript.
Continue to plan your Friday writing task.

Write dialogue for start of opening scene including stage directions.



Have a look at a "A Midsummer Night's Dream" playscript. Use it to help you give you ideas for your own playscript.

Continue writing the first scene of play script. Read over and look for where more detailed stage directions could be included.



Write a playscript entitled ‘Trapped’.


  1. Think about what characters you will include.

  2. Decide on a setting and scenario. Where is this scene and what is the drama (eg a park or a library)?

  3. Begin to write your script and as you write, consider:

  • How do the characters talk to each other?
  • How can I show conflict or drama in the scene?
  • What are my characters thinking and feeling?
  • How can I show thoughts and feelings through dialogue (using ‘show not tell’)?

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