The Plays

Positive Stories For Negative Times: Season 3 includes 4 exciting new plays written especially for young people aged 8–25 with varying and flexible cast sizes and the return of two devising guides from the previous season. All have been co-commissioned by the Traverse Theatre. These writers have been working with the Positive Stories Youth Board to ensure that the plays are not only made for young people, but with them too.

Below is the selection of ‘plays’ available to explore. We say ‘plays’ because not all are traditional plays, some are based around devising and can act as a blue-print for your group to base their own work around. Age ranges are given for guidance only so feel free to pick whichever one you think your group will be most excited by. Each play is different and we believe that there should be something for everyone no matter their age, group size or experience of making theatre.

Extracts of each play are available to download now. You will receive the full script of your chosen play after you sign up.

The Day the Stampers United
by Sara Shaarawi

A play set in a warehouse. This is a tale of how collective action begins with solidarity within the community.

Ages 12 +

Explore The Day the Stampers United

Ms Campbell’s Class Fifth Period
by Leyla Josephine

A group of school students in the bottom set maths class lock their teacher in a cupboard. They all have various motivations that are gradually revealed and are faced with the question: what do they do now?

Ages 14 +

Explore Ms Campbell’s Class Fifth Period

Are You A Robot?
by Tim Crouch

Two groups of children meet. They look the same; they imagine similar things; they make almost the same noises; they dance in almost the same way. But one group is a digital version of the other; they are the face we see reflected back to us online; they’re exciting and demanding and hard to live up to.

Ages 10 +

Explore Are You A Robot?

And The Name for That Is…?
by Robert Softley Gale

Meeting a date for a coffee is a whole lot of fun when you know even less about yourself than you do about your date! Prepare for ridiculous disability hi-jinx and a good measure of self-discovery.

Ages 16 +


Explore And The Name for That Is…?

by Bryony Kimmings

A series of tasks and actions that make a narrative to be performed with props. We are agents of the revolution. How do we revolt? How do we not get into trouble? Where do we get power, and then how do we use it for good?

Ages 13 +

Explore Revolting

Thanks for Nothing
by The PappyShow with Lewis Hetherington

This is not a play, but a process. It explores what it means to be thankful in this world we live in today. It’s a mix of games, challenges and exercises for you to tell your own stories, in your own way.

Ages 11 +

Explore Thanks for Nothing

Spyrates 2 (Spies vs Pirates): Journey to the Forbidden Island
by Robbie Gordon & Jack Nurse

Featuring spies, pirates, robots, talking animals and everything in between, ‘Spyrates’ is an interactive, playful and imaginative adventure story with an accompanying process drama.

Ages 6 +

Explore Spyrates 2 (Spies vs Pirates): Journey to the Forbidden Island