The Ballad of John Marron

Social history about young people and criminal justice

Cast size: 11 plus any number of singers and musicians. 1 specific female, 9 male and 1 non-specific role in the acting cast.
Running time: 20 - 35 minutes
Suitable for: 13+

THE BALLAD OF JOHN MARRON can either be performed as a musical or as a shorter straight play.   It is based on a true story about a young boy who was sentenced to 7 years transportation to Australia in 1846 for stealing a riding whip to the value of 5p. The piece covers his trial and sentence. We performed it as a musical, and made the jury the singers and musicians.

We adapted the following songs, but you can decide and adapt your own!

Teenage Dirtbag by Wheatus
Beat It by Michael Jackson
Sailing by Rod Stewart
Every Breath You Take by The Police

The chords are available online, but you can get a backing track for all of them.


The Ballad of John Marron: £50.00 + VAT (£60.00)