Too Many Apples - a modern morality play
Too Many Apples is a story set in modern times and is about a young girl from a wealthy family who meets and befriends a young homeless boy on the streets of a big city. There are many problems facing both children and the play deals with many modern issues - such as homelessness, troublesome youth, the difficulties of parenting, community policing and law and order
Despite this, it is a moving and at times, very funny play which uses songs and a 'chorus' to describe the plot and comment on the characters' actions.
The play opens with Harry, the young homeless boy, on stage, singing his song.
Harry is living on the streets because of the actions of Rex, a businessman who foreclosed on a debt and reclaimed Harry's house.
Rex has a wife, Stella, and they lead busy important lives. Rex and Stella's daughter, Celia, is bored at home and wants some excitement, and some company.
She goes off to town and meets Harry.
She also meets the Youth of Today and is very frightened.
Harry helps her escape and they start chatting.
Celia is horrified to hear of Harry's predicament and offers to help him. She doesn't know that her own father is the cause of Harry's problems and she gives Harry an expensive bracelet for him to sell to buy food.
Unfortunately a policeman sees this transaction and jumps to the conclusion that Harry is stealing the bracelet. He arrests Harry.
Harry makes an appearance in the magistrates' court. He does not hope to get a very fair hearing. In the nick of time, Celia finds out about what is happening and rushes to Harry's defence. Harry is released but the play ends with more questions than answers.
The play was written for years 5 and 6 (10 and 11year olds) pupils in an urban primary school. It was first performed in July 1998 and involves up to 30 children.
Last year I purchased 'Too Many Apples' from you which was a great success. Mrs C Lawson Lincolnshire 2007
*The kids really enjoyed doing it, particularly dancing and rapping to the Youth Rap".