The Frog King

By Barbara Hockley
A full length play/surreal madcap romp through fairytale-land

REASONS TO PERFORM THE FROG KING

  1. It’s seriously good fun to be in and to watch
  2. A full imagination workout loosely based on a few well known tales
  3. Simple or elaborate to stage
  4. Deliciously silly roles to embrace
  5. Magical, daft and funny

Photo: Hansel and Gretel (sort of) meet the witch (not really a witch) and the princess (who is a princess)

We asked for ‘reviews’ on a wall after the original production … these are some of them:

Brilliantly bonkers!
Magically silly
Frogtastic!
Divinely bonkers!
Hilariously bonkers
Fantastic fun
Perfectly nuts! Loved it.
Madtastic!

HOW DID THE FROG KING HAPPEN?

Sometimes, when you set out to write a ‘fairytale-type’ adventure, the story just runs away with you and does its own crazy thing. So it was with The Frog King. It was an Offbeat Theatre production in 2017 and an innocent property owner had allowed to use part of an old building (an old school) to convert into our ‘stage’ for the show prior to renovation. It was unusual in that he allocated us what had been a classroom block (not the large space you might expect).  But, undeterred I designed a show around four different performance areas and interconnecting corridors. A castle throne room, stone corridors leading to a magical forest, a witch’s cottage in the woods, a bizarre ‘lost and found’ and ‘The Frog Inn’ all became permanent sets and the actors and audience moved around them as the action dictated. It was a magical experience.

STAGING THE FROG KING

You can, of course, stage it however you wish! Bare stage, elaborate sets, revolving stages, outside … wherever your imagination and budget can take you. The action takes place in:
The Frog Inn
The Castle Throne Room
The ‘Lost and Found’
The Witch’s Cottage in the Deep Dark Wood

Nothing that can’t be easily produced on one stage.

THE 'PLOT'

There really is a plot – albeit totally off-the-wall bonkers.
A storyteller has been creating havoc in fairytale-land, by making up different endings (not to mention ‘middles’) to well known tales where different endings shouldn’t be. This has put a lot of characters out of a job and the ‘Grand Inquisitor’ of the Story Correction Unit of the Plot Enforcement Department of the Storytellers’ Guild has found the culprit. Together they must venture into Fairytale-land itself, to try and put at least one tale right. They arrive in the story of ‘The Frog Prince’, where all is not as it should be. Characters dispossessed of their fairytale roles are wandering around trying to find new tales to be in.
That’s the easy bit to get to grips with. From there the characters get lost, found, change, morph, fall in love, create new jobs for themselves, find new tales to be part of – and the storytellers are in deep trouble trying to keep track of events (not to mention the audience). The question of ‘can they put the tale right?’ is eventually overshadowed by ‘will they manage to get out of fairytale-land?’ And if they do… who will they be? 
It’s a fine and silly plot – if I say so myself.

The sample is the whole of Scene One.  This introduces you nicely to the storyteller and the chaos that has been created …

CHARACTERS/CASTING

Characters:
Chester Ulysses Wordsmith – a storyteller
Grand Inquisitor Bardman – top man at the Story Correction Unit
The King
The Queen
The Princess
The Frog King
The Nurse
The Maid
Two Guards
Various extras in the Frog Inn

Casting:
Originally performed by adults + a small princess, but you can cast as you wish. It’s fine for school, youth groups or adults. I would suggest a minimum age of around 13 as a guide.

REVIEWS! MORE THINGS WE FOUND ON THE WALL

The Frog King – Well… I have never seen anything like it. Totally wacky and brilliantly written.

I just had the pleasure of going to watch this awesome show and I cannot recommend it enough. The set design on its own is breathtaking but the amazing performances and technical design have brought the whole thing together to create something hilarious, unique and completely nuts.

Amazing experience
Crazy storytellers
Fabulous! Very funny
Deliciously mad – I wish I could live in fairytale-land!
Quirky – fab – different
Awesome
Inspirational!

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?

OFFER! We have reduced our prices following COVID
We do not offer a ‘reading copy’ but our scripts are priced to be affordable!

Script only: £8
You can photocopy it as much as you like for free.
Performing Rights:

One Performance: £35
Two Performances £60
Three or more performances £80

There are no other charges

Talk to me about performing The Frog King