“A plank over a puddle”
(A fairy-tale about Thursday for children and adults)

in two acts

The play “A plank over a puddle” is a magical comedy for children aged 7-15 and for families.

In an abandoned pioneer camp three fairy-tale sisters, no longer needed by anyone else, live out the rest of their lives. The eldest, Petrovna, has seen and experienced a good deal over her lifetime. The middle sister, Aglaya, is tormented by the fact that no-one needs her. And the youngest — Lizka — can't even make magic properly. All in all, they are fading away through idleness and longing. But the eldest sister, Petrovna, doesn't want to give in, and so she begins a new fairy-tale about the old legendary arrow.

This comedy is intended for a family audience, and offers something for everyone: adults will enjoy amusing and touching episodes from their own pioneer childhood, and children will be entertained by the adventures of three magicians who are simultaneously both characters from folklore and contemporary Russian figures, who live in an endless Thursday.

Female roles — 3
The scene: a former pioneer camp




“The Tale of Sampo the magic mill and Louhi the wicked witch”

in two acts

The play “The Tale of Sampo the magic mill and Louhi the wicked witch” is a tale of heroic adventure for children aged 7—10.

The tale of Sampo the magic mill and Louhi the wicked witch was composed and performed for us by traditional singers from the northern land of Kalevala.

It is the story of how the old singer Vyainyameinen persuaded Il'rnarinin the skilful blacksmith to forge a magic mill which would make the people of Kalevala happy However Il'rnarinin could not construct Sampo all on his own — for his work he needed to travel to Poh'elu and call on the forces of evil, in the person of an old witch. When Sampo was ready, Louhi did not want to share it with other people. And she hid the mill deep inside a cliff, so that it would mill gold for her.

The evil Louhi could not be defeated by one person alone. It was only together that the warrior Ahti Lemminkyainen, the singer Vyainyameinen and the blacksmith Il'rnarinin were able to conquer her. But they could not bring the magical mill back to their home of Kalevala — it sank into the sea. Its fragments lie there, at the bottom of the sea, to this day, and are the foundation of all the riches of both earth and sea.

Male roles — 3
Female roles
— 3
Roles for fairy-tale characters — 3




“Granny Mushroom, or a Little Bit of Magic”

A fairy tale in two acts

The play “Granny Mushroom, or a Little Bit of Magic” is a magical tale for children aged 7-12.

There's trouble in the magic forest — the mistress of the forest is ill. Granny Mushroom has been in bed for more than a month, and hasn't been able to get up. And now there's another problem: the dreadful One-Hand, the like of which has never been seen before, is forcing his way through the edge of the magic forest and is eating up the earth of the mystical glades. Granny Mushroom's beloved pupils, Little Leaf, Little Marsh and Little Pine are desperate and don't know what to do. They cannot defeat One-Hand. Quite unexpectedly, help arrives. In the magic forest, going about their own human business are Grandpa, his granddaughter Tania, and Konstantin the bulldozer-driver. And it turns out that the most ordinary events turn into wonders, and the other way round — wonders turn into the most ordinary events.

“There always has to be a little magic in the world!”

2 male roles
4 female roles




“December 31st

A fairy-tale for grown-up children

In two acts

(third, last, and, it is hoped, final version)

Imagine a town where it is always only one of the seasons of the year: winter. Every day its inhabitants celebrate the happy festivities of New Year, and the children have to go to one and the same lesson. A grandmother is the only one who remembers that when she was a little girl she buried a “secret” in the ground – a piece of green glass, through which it was such fun to look at the world!..

There are two villains living in the town: the rascally plumber Vorkis and his wife Alibaba Viktorovna Iaitskikh, a botany teacher. Vorkis, of course, found and stole someone else’s secret a long time ago and handed it over to his Boss in Murmansk. But, as you might guess, in the end Good conquers Evil and the endless New Year comes to an end.

The moral of the story is simple:
- Life should not be an endless celebration, however wonderful;
- Life should not be too luxurious or easy;
- Life should be free!

3 male roles
3 female roles

Scenery – a yard by a block of flats, a basement




“A game of DOOM”

in three acts

The play “A game of DOOM” is an story for young people of 13—17.

“Imagine what might happen when millions of energetic young people who think in new ways and are equipped with the most powerful apparatus in history embark on adult life...” (Don Tepskott, a well-known specialist on the economic influence of digital systems).

This play belongs to the genre of detective fiction: young people have begun to vanish from the town. Afanasii Pavlovich, a linguist by profession, is forced to set out and search for them. During the investigations, which are being carried out by the military enlistment office with his help, it becomes clear that the young people have been drawn in to some kind of worldwide game on the Internet... As anyone can hook up to the Net, it looks as though, in this case, Satan himself is involved...The play is intended for young people and adults who enjoy adventure stories.

2 female roles
4 male roles

Translations into English by
Dr Katharine Hodgson
Russian Department
School of Modern Languages
University of Exeter


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