The Rainbow Box

by Brian Way


Age Advice: Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2

The Rainbow Box was first produced by Theatre Centre in 1967. As the first in a trilogy on the theme of a “key”, it was written and directed by the author for presentation to young school children and was toured throughout the British Isles for a year.

The Rainbow Box stands on a pole, rising out of a rostrum block; the box is about head height , is seven-sided, each side having a practical door and a practical key-hole; Mr Spectrum’s seven keys, each of which is a different colour of the rainbow, fit into the key-hole of the corresponding colour. Inside each of the seven colours is a brief written instruction and a simple musical instrument.


(Two men and two women)

Woman 1, who becomes Prismalia, the Rainbow Queen
Woman 2, who becomes Raina, the Queen’s messenger
Man 1, who becomes Mr Spectrum, the keeper of the colours
Man 2, who becomes Smudge, Mr Spectrum’s assistant

Creative Team

Writer: Brian Way
Director: Brian Way

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 by the British Library.

"You see, the moment the buzzer goes, it means someone needs a rainbow. Then we all start work. You'd be astonished how many rainbows are wanted."

Mr Spectrum

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