This is a comedy. The Chav state school and the Posh private school face off in the inter-school orienteering challenge final. Whilst out in the wilds one of the posh kids has an accident which forces the two groups to co-operate and behave responsibly. They are all benighted together, finding out that they actually have much in common.
Meanwhile back at the finishing line it’s the waiting parents and adults who behave badly. They should be worried about their offspring, but have a party instead. So it’s the kids who are the responsible adults and the adults behave like kids are supposed to.
This play was first performed at Theatre by the Lake in Keswick Cumbria. There are a couple of references to Lake District mountains which you may have to edit.
Headless Chickens: £50.00 + VAT (£60.00)
Headless Chickens was very relevant to our group in terms of the kind of inter-school rivalries we are sometimes encouraged to feel. Also, I learned about comic timing…I could use the second performance to put into practice what I learned in the first.
Headless Chickens was great, and the group all loved it. I’d trawled the internet for months in vain looking for original material that engaged older teenagers, and I’m so glad I found the Quondam website. We had a couple of younger ones in the group that didn’t quite get the satire, but I think that’s always the case when you have a larger cast. What’s more, the parents loved it. When you depart from the established repertoire I am always wary as to how parents are going to react, but the kids sold it to them and they all came. Good to see some of their mates in the audience too. It showed the group were proud of the script.