The Wheel

by Brian Way

1961

Age Advice: Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 2

The Wheel was first produced by Theatre Centre in 1961. It was written and directed by the author for presentation to young children and was toured throughout the British Isles for a year.

This wheel is no ordinary wheel; it is very old and at once very new; it looks as if it is good for nothing, and yet looks as if it could be used for anything. When all are assembled, the Wheelmaker, Ned, comes in cheerfully to dust the wheel and open up shop. Ned’s getting on a bit, but there’s none of your cringing backache and rheumatism about him; he’s sprightyl and gay, enjoys a good joke, and believes that as you only live once you might as well get on with it.

Characters

(Two men and two women)

Ned
Martha
Spoke
Amos
Queen
King
Lord Chamberlain
Foreign Dancing Teacher
Captain
Sailor
Pirate

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 (for the original radio play only) is held by the British Library.

"That wheel! That's what there is to worry about. It's done nothing but bring us trouble ever since we've had it. And now you go and turn down an offer of a hundred dollars and the quarrel with our neighbours. All over the wretched wheel."

Martha

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