The Taming of the Wild Things

Written by:

Irene N. Watts

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • Women: 2

Genre:

Adaptation
Myth/Legend/Folktale
TYA

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

1985

Synopsis:

This play is adapted from “The Cat That Walked Himself” by Rudyard Kipling. This play is designed for kindergarten to grade 5 audiences.

The Set:

The play is intended to take place in an open space with the audience grouped around the circular acting area, which is empty except for a small rostrum in one of the circle’s two openings. A tall screen, preferably covered with green, black, brown fabric, will help create the illusion of the wet, wild woods. The animals appear from behind this scene.

Characters:

Woman

Man

Cat

Horse

Dog

Cow

First Produced:

1972, Neptune Theatre, Halifax, Nova Scotia

Resources:

The Taming of the Wild Things can be found in the collection of plays Once Upon a Time by Irene N. Watts, folk tales from different countries dramatized in story-theatre style, available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

For more information about the playwright and her work, visit the CWPO collection.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

The Taming of the Wild Things was first produced in Halifax, Nova Scotia by Neptune Theatre in September 1972, with the following creative team:

Cast: Judy Cooke, Bill Fisher, Eliot Melver, Jon Johannssen, Chick Roberts, Susan Woywitka

Directed by Irene N. Watts

It was subsequently produced by Citadel on Wheels/Wings, based in Edmonton, Alberta and toured Alberta schools from September 1972 to April 1973.