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The Tree That Holds Up The Sky
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The Tree That Holds Up The Sky

( Paul King )
Price: £25.00

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A new, full length play by acclaimed author Paul King exclusive to r4d

About the Resource

A community of people live in the heart of a forest untouched by ‘civilisation’. Their beliefs centre on the sacred tree, whose branches hold up the sky. Village peace is suddenly shattered by the arrival of surveyors from the outside world. A motorway is to be cut through the forest. The people are bitterly divided but it is not only the community and forest that is under threat ....

‘The Tree That Holds Up the Sky’ is an allegory and a parable about climate change and the abuse of the earth’s resources. It was originally written for the Hampshire County Youth Theatre and was first performed in a circus tent in Winchester. The video extracts below are from the earlier version.

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The play has a cast of 30 characters and it is written so that all the actors have roughly equal parts. It was originally published by Cambridge University Press in the ‘Act Now’ series and has been updated for the r4d version.

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About the Author

Paul King has been a teacher and writer since 1970. He has written for the radio, the theatre, community groups and for education. He currently works freelance as a writer, performer, course lecturer and Punch and Judy man. Teachers will probably be familiar with his other works for schools, which include Ten GCSE Plays, Ten More GCSE Plays, Mini-Plays, Multicultural GCSE Plays and the most recent Ten Ghostly Plays.

Tags:School play. Climate change. Multi-cultural, production,consequences


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