Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

by David Holman

Age Advice: 5 - 11

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a play written for Theatre Centre by David Holman in the early 1980’s. The play toured to schools for audiences aged 5 to 11.

This play is about the journey Sir Gawain the Gracious makes after The Green Knight, known for his sorcery, intrudes on King Arthur’s royal banquet. The Green Knight challenges Sir Gawain to a deal, insisting he must try to axe the knight by his chin and kill him. After Gawain loses the challenge, he sets off to complete his end of the deal to find his castle and ask the knight to aim the axe under his ear. Driven by his loyalties to King Arthur, he fights his way through the forest, battling creature after creature as seasons pass him by.

A final deal has been made in the neverending forest which brings him to a very perilous crossroad. The question is, will he find a way out?


Green Knight
Small Ogre
Lady B
Player K

Creative Team

Writer: David Holman
Director: Ian Blower
Designer: Bill Mitchell

The information on this page has been gathered from archive materials and is incomplete. Do you have more information about this play, or were you involved in its production? Let us know by leaving a comment below or contacting us.

A copy of the script is held in Theatre Centre’s archive.

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