2 x Monologues for 11+ Year Olds – The Tempest & The Phoenix and the Carpet


The Tempest

by William Shakespeare: Adapted for ScriptsandSketches.com 

Monologue: Character: ARIEL 

Prospero, the rightful Duke of Milan, has been banished to sea with his young daughter Miranda. They reach a distant, uninhabited island where Prospero resorts to books of magic sent to him by a loyal friend Gonzalo. He uses these magical powers to enforce his will on the island creatures, ARIEL and Caliban. In this speech, the spirit Ariel, who represents fire, air, concord, music and loyal service, reports back to Prospero on the effects of the latest mission.

The Phoenix And The Carpet

By E Nesbit: Adapted for ScriptsandSketches.com 

Monologue: Characters: Phoenix

 Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane and their baby brother the Lamb are desperate to liven up a boring afternoon. They have drawn magical symbols in chalk near the fireplace and burned some aromatic wood. On the mantelpiece is a mysterious egg which has recently arrived in the house. Robert accidentally knocks the egg off the mantelpiece into the fire. The egg cracks open, and from within the fire emerges the PHOENIX, a gold-feathered creature the size of a chicken. 


Extract from Script:

The Tempest:

ARIEL: I boarded the King’s ship. Now on the beak, now in the waist, the deck, in every cabin, I flamed amazement. Sometimes I’d divide, and burn in many places. On the topmast. The yards and bowsprit would I flame distinctly, Then meet and join. Jove’s lightnings, the precursors o’the dreadful thunder-claps, more momentary and sight-outrunning were not. The fire and cracks of sulphurous roaring the most mighty Neptune seemed to besiege, and make his bold waves tremble – Yea, his dread trident shake. 

The Phoenix and the Carpet:

PHOENIX: Which of you put the egg into the fire? (The bird looks around, then bows in a bird-like manner to Robert) I am your grateful debtor. Do you know who I am? I am the Phoenix. My fame has lived for two thousand years. Allow me to look at my portrait. (The Phoenix cocks its head to one side) It’s not a flattering likeness. Phoenix – in ornithology – is a fabulous bird of antiquity. Antiquity is quite correct. But fabulous? Well, do I look it? At least I am the only one of my kind. (The Phoenix whirrs his golden wings and flutters to the table) 


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