Fairy tales meet hip hop in this delightful version of Robin Hood. Students can play characters or rappers, and make up their own dance moves to go along with the raps! This play has a lot of flexibility in terms of cast size because you can add as many characters as you like. We have several other short fairy tale rap plays, so some students can play characters in one play, and rappers in other ones, allowing everyone a chance to have a colorful, meaningful part!
Val Neubecker lives in Perth, Australia. She wrote scripts for a theatre restaurant for 18 years and has had three children’s books published. In 2001 she had three entries in a children’s literature competition, winning with one entry and receiving awards with the other two. Val is also the Poetry Coordinator for Creative Connections, an organisation where poets write poems to artworks created by artists with disabilities.
Check out these other fantastic rap plays by Val:
Jack and the Beanstalk Rap
Little Red Riding Hood Rap
The Three Little Pigs Rap
Snow White Rap
Space Travel Rap
Excerpt from the play:
RAPPERS (All other students in the class)
SETTING 1: The forest.
In England, many years ago, King Richard the Lionheart left his country to fight in the Crusades. His brother, Prince John, was now in charge and he was not a nice person. He raised everyone’s taxes and made life miserable for them all.
He /taxed their/homes, he /taxed their /pay,
He /taxed them /all in /every /way,
He /taxed their /clothes, he /taxed their /food,
Prince /John was /just a /nasty /dude.
His buddy, the Sheriff of Nottingham, threw people out of their homes if they couldn’t pay their taxes. So many people were poor. One man decided to go and live in the forest. His name was Robin Hood.
(ROBIN HOOD enters holding a bow & arrows.)
This looks like a good spot. Hmm, it’s dinner time and there are no cafes in the forest. I’ll use my trusty bow and arrow to find something to eat. I think I’ll do a volley of arrows.
(ROBIN HOOD shoots four arrows in different directions.)
He /sent some /arrows /through the /air,
He /wondered /what he’d /shoot out /there,
He /found some /targets, /it was /true,
But /were not /things that /he could /chew.
(LITTLE JOHN enters, arrow through hat)
(removing arrow) WHAT are you doing?
(ALAN A’DALE enters with ukulele, holding arrow.)
I just caught this mid-air.
(FRIAR TUCK enters, arrow through sleeve of costume.)
What is this for, pray tell?
(MAID MARIAN enters, arrow through basket she is carrying.)
Who’s shooting arrows around here?
Oh, that’d be me.