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Genghis (Full length script)
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Genghis (Full length script)

( Zella Compton )
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Performance Licence: Band B - See Here

Running Time : 90 mins

Actors: 3

About the Resource

Using comedy and pathos, Genghis challenges the commonly held perception of Genghis Khan as murderous and savage.

The play – through stylised theatre and humour – questions Genghis Khan’s disreputable reputation by interlacing stories of his supposed barbarities with his supposed achievements. The theme of storytelling versus historical fact is woven throughout Genghis Khan’s life covering his marriages, his unstoppable rise to power, his savagery and his death.

Many of the themes from 1190 are echoed today; promotion on merit, religious fanaticism, equality of genders, nationalities and ethnicities.

This is a highly challenging script with 21 roles played between three. Genghis Khan is a single role, unaware that he is on stage. The other two – primarily called History and Narrator – are aware of the audience and come in and out of role for direct interaction. They have an off-stage animosity which spills onto the stage via all of the characters that they play – whether a rival war lord, Genghis’s love interests, his father, his mother etc.

This play is for three confident actors who are ready to develop their skills in terms of character, comedy, and choreography.

Full length runs at circa 90 minutes. However, scenes can stand alone for examination purposes. This is also a challenging play to use for "page to stage" study in the drama room.

For a sample of the script, click here. Sample is supplied as PDF, the full script is supplied in both PDF and Word formats.

About the Author

Zella Compton is a playwright and lecturer at Bournemouth University.

In 2016 she was awarded a place in Portsmouth’s Extraordinary League of Ten writers and begins teaching at New Theatre Royal.

Her previous roles include writer in residence for Bay House School, Hampshire (2013-2015), and for Havant Literary Festival (2014).

Her plays (including Girl in the Hood, Brotherly Love, Five Beaches, Genghis etc) - have been widely used by GCSE students since 2014, both nationally and internationally.

Zella’s first novel for young adults was published in 2012, and she continues as a weekly columnist for the Portsmouth News – a role she has enjoyed since 2006. Prior to becoming involved with education, Zella enjoyed many years as a freelance writer working for national and regional media.

As well as developing works for the stage, and lecturing, Zella teaches creative writing and performance poetry to primary and secondary school students.

al and regional media.

Tags: History, Mongol, physical theatre, comedy, funny, barbarian, tragic, romance, violence, fighting, Khan, Temujin, Mongolia, three actors, GCSE, A level, consequences


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