10 Short Dramatic Texts for Kids and Adults

Charles McCarthy
10 Short Dramatic Texts for Kids and Adults

A dramatic text It is a literary composition, designed to be represented on stage. It is part of a communicative process, since it is designed to be read and represented. This type of text is called dramatic because its content is designed to represent the typical drama of lyrical or literary narratives.

Dramatic text encompasses three different types of broadcasters, including the author, the actors, and the director. In this way, when the dramatic text is represented by the three transmitters it is given the name of "work".

Romeo and Juliet

The person to whom the representation of the text is addressed is known as the receiver, who can be individual (reader) or collective (public).

A dramatic text can be constructed to be represented as a dialogue, for this reason it is considered to be part of a communicative process.

In this process, the parties involved represent fictional characters product of the author's imagination and are guided by the director in order to establish direct contact with the public..

Short dramatic texts of famous works

Example 1: Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)

Enter Samson and Gregory, from the House of the Capulets, armed with sword and shield.

Samson: Gregorio, I swear we are not going to swallow hard.

Gregorio: No, we are not so greedy.

Samson: I say that if we don't swallow them, their throats will be cut.

Gregorio: Yes, but let's not end the rope around our neck.

Samson: If they provoke me, I'll hit fast.

Gregorio: Yes, but they don't provoke you so fast when hitting.

Samson: I am provoked by the Montagues' dogs..

Gregorio: To provoke is to move and be brave, stand up, so if they provoke you, you run away.

Samson: The Montagues' dogs move me to stand up. With a Montague man or woman I cling to the walls.

Gregorio: Then they can, because the weak are pushed against the wall.

Example 2: The House of Bernarda Alba (Federico García Lorca)

Act one

Very white room inside Bernarda's house. Thick walls. Arched doors with jute curtains topped with strawberry trees and ruffles. Cattail chairs. Paintings with unlikely landscapes of nymphs or legendary kings. It's summer. A great shady silence stretches across the scene. When the curtain rises, the scene is alone. You hear the bells tolling.

(Maid exits)

Maid: I already have double those bells tucked between my temples.

La Poncia: (She goes out eating chorizo ​​and bread) They have been gori-gori for more than two hours. Priests have come from all the towns. The church is beautiful. In the first response, Magdalena fainted.

Maid: She is the loneliest.

La Poncia: She was the only one who loved her father. Oh! Thank God we're alone a little bit! I have come to eat.

Maid: If Bernarda saw you ... !

La Poncia: I wish that now, that she doesn't eat, that we would all die of hunger! Bossy! Dominate! But it is annoying! I have opened the lump of sausages.

Maid: (Sadly, anxiously) Why don't you give me for my girl, Poncia?

La Poncia: Come in and also take a handful of chickpeas. Today you will not notice! (Digital, 2006).

Example 3: The changes (Silvina Carrasco)

Act one

Bus terminal in a small town: some windows with signs that pretend to be names of different bus companies and a sign that says ¨Bus terminal ¨. Aldana is about to take the bus that will take her to her new city and her new life.

Aldana and Sara say goodbye inside the terminal.

Sara: Are you sure you have everything? Document, cell phone charger?

Aldana: Yes mom.

Sara: All the books, the city map, the address written down just in case??

Aldana: Yes mom, don't worry. The only thing that worries me is that I'm going to miss you a lot.

Sara: (Hiding her emotion) It's only the first half, then you'll be fine. Now go, the bus is going.

(They hug)

Aldana: I love you mom.

Sara: I love you daughter.

(Aldana leaves the scene and Sara drops her tears.) (Carrasco, n.d.)

Example 4: The three bums (José Luis García)

(The scene lights up and we see the old King lying on the bed).

King: Oh, how bad I am!

(Enter the three sons. They wander around the room without seeing the King).

Son 1: Father has sent for us.

Son 2: But he's not.

Son 3: Then, he has not come or he has left.

King: I'm in bed.

2: Dad!

3: I told you: someone was talking to us from a bed.

1: What's wrong dad?

King: I'm sick. I'm going to die.

1: You can't dad, you are the King.

2: How can you die if you are alive?

3: We will protect you. Tell us who wants to kill you.

King: I'm going to die and I know the three of you are just as stupid.

1: But dad.

King: Shut up! Now I need to know which one of you three is the laziest.

1: What is a bum?

2: A lazy.

3: The one who does not beat the water.

1: Why give a stick to water?

King: Shut up! The laziest of you will succeed me and be King.

1: Father, then the kingdom is mine. I'm so lazy that if I lie down to sleep on the patio and it starts to rain, I don't get up, even if I get soaked to the bone.

2: That's bullshit. The kingdom belongs to me, for I am so lazy that when I sit by the fire to warm myself, I prefer to burn my feet before removing my legs.

3: That's not being lazy, it's being stupid. The kingdom is mine.

2: why?

3: Because I am so lazy that if they were to hang me and someone gave me a knife to cut the rope, I would rather hang than raise my hand to the rope.

King: You have reached the highest degree. You will be king.

2: But dad.

1: Daddy, Daddy!

King: Chitón! The decision is made. Leave I want to sleep.

3: Your wishes are orders.

(The three children exit).

King: Why didn't I have a daughter?

(The scene darkens) (García, 2014).

Example 5: Talking Wallet (Serapio Sergiovich)

Luis takes out his wallet to pay and when opening it, each time, a synthetic voice says:

- You are opening me again ...

- Think if it is really necessary to spend on this ...

- Saving is the basis of fortune

- Ay, ay, ay ... how expensive everything is

- May it be the last time

Luis has to open his wallet often because his daughters and wife take turns coming to ask him for money for different reasons.

Finally a thief comes and asks for the money. The father opens the wallet and it says:

- Enough! Not again! Can not be! This is unheard of! This is too much! Careful!

The thief gets scared and leaves (Sergiovich, 2011).

Example 6: Dog Lover (Leslye Rivera Casanoba)

First scene:

Dog: (jumping) Yes! Finally you got here! I'm so glad to see you, really. My whole body jumps and dances to the sound of your arrival (Dance and sing a happy song). Please, let's get out quickly because I can't stand it anymore ... (Dog wanting to go to the bathroom).

Man: Hi (pats Dog's head) I'm so tired (puts the briefcase on the table and sits on the chair).

Dog: I know, I know ... I really understand your fatigue. It must be very tiring to be out of the house all day maybe doing what things ... but please ... I'm asking you ... let's go out now! (Moving around).

Man: Well, okay. Let me get a bag, the water, put the leash on you and we are off..

Dog: Yes! You are the best friend ... I love you!

Let man. (They both leave the stage) (Casanoba, n.d.).

Example 7: Locked Cat (Luis Fernando Gallardo León)


Leon yells angrily, argues with a woman.


Leon: It's the last time, stupid! I don't want to see you again in my life! Not

You understand!

Leon hangs up the phone outraged. His cat Coco looks at him intrigued. Leon tries to hold back crying, he looks heartbroken.

Leon: Why? Why? Why? I can't take it anymore Coco, I can't take it anymore, I hate them ... damn ...

Coco approaches León and begins to rub against his legs, meows. Leon feels her and carries her by hugging her and comforting himself with her.

León: You're the only one who loves me, right Coco? Because you weren't a woman ...

Coco meows and Leon hugs her tighter.

León: I love you too Coco, you are the only thing I have in life.

Example 8 The cat and the mouse

Scenography: An ordinary street. The mouse is on his back when suddenly the cat starts running towards him.

Mouse: Wait! Wait!!

Cat: what do you want?

Mouse: Why are you doing this?

Cat: what?

Mouse: Hunt me.

Cat: Well, because I'm hungry.

Mouse: Well, do you like my taste and the texture of my skin??

Cat: Hmm, actually, no, I hate when the tail goes down my throat and still

after a few weeks i keep spitting white hairballs.

Mouse: So why do you hunt mice? Has no sense.

Cat: Maybe, but in the church of Doraemon the cat that came from the future, we

taught that to be near him we must eat mice because you do not

accept him as the only time traveler and savior of the cat community.

Mouse: I can't believe that's the reason.

Cat: Let's make a deal, I'll set you free if you accept Doraemon as the only traveler.

of time and savior of the cat community.

Mouse: Of course I will not accept it, to begin with because it does not exist and second, if it

did, then it would not be convenient for me to believe in him since he only wants to save the


Cat: Don't you dare say it doesn't exist, you blasphemous rat, because it's in everyone

sides and can unleash their fury, plus in my church we have a community of

believing mice that we leave alone.

Mouse: Doraemon was just a cartoon of a blue cat, how many blue cats

you know?

Cat: I think that to demonstrate his divinity, Doraemon chose the color blue to

that no race is discriminated against and television was the way to extend its

message in us.

Mouse: Well, explain this to me, Doraemon was a robot, why would he have to

eat mice if you don't even have a stomach? I believe that your church has invented everything only

to be able to control them.

Cat: Well, well ... (The cat eats the mouse) So much talk made me hungry.


Example 9: Zombie Tweets

Gabriel (carries a gun in his hand)

Carla (carries a backpack)

Gabriel: What are you doing? Quick get in and lock the door!

Carla: (Looking at her BlackBerry screen as she closes the door) My Blackberry has been beeping like crazy since we left town, I can't believe I still get notifications from Facebook.

Gabriel: (takes his Blackberry out of his pocket and looks at it for a moment) Like Twitter is very active ...


Carla: What happened?

Gabriel: Check out this tweet “My grandmother is a zombie. LOL ”(Carla laughs)

Carla: (looking at the screen of her cell phone) Let's see, look at this one.


(They both laugh)

Gabriel: Someone wrote "I put myself in danger, but now I have my own McDonalds, as they say in Zombieland: Enjoy the little things"

Carla: How come there are still people creating chains ?! See "Post this on 10 walls and Chuck Norris will go save you"

Gabriel: (He shows his phone to Carla) “I'm still more scared than a witness

of Jehovah come knock on the door "

(Carla ignores him while quietly says: Copy-paste, copy-paste, copy-paste)

Gabriel: What are you doing?

Carla: We have to try everything (keep posting)

Gabriel: "Not even zombies love me, sad face, #ForeverAlone"

Carla: (surprised) Look, they added me to a Facebook group! (read a little) they are survivors, they are taking refuge near here (He looks at the audience for a moment, takes his backpack, opens the door of the room and runs off the scene)

Gabriel: Hey, wait for me! (Exits the scene behind her)


Example 10: The Orestiada (Aeschylus)

As for you, when the time is right, act boldly. And if she screams in her terror; "Oh son!" Tell him that your father has yelled at you too. Consume revenge and do not fear, pour out the blood of evil that reigns here: kill your father's murderers.

EG: I come here not for my pleasure: he has made me call a messenger. They say that certain foreigners bring us news not to be desired, that Orestes has died. Another regret for this house already wounded and torn by misfortune after the first death! But is it true? Are they not womanish fantasies that are born, fly and disappear? Vain illusions! (To the corifeo): What do you say to me, to make light in my mind?

CHORUS: We certainly heard the news. Come in better and ask the foreigners directly. A message must be verified by the recipient himself. Aeschylus, The Orestiada (Victor, 2013).


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  2. Casanoba, L. R. (s.f.). Short Works. Obtained from Man and dog play on love (2 characters): workscortas.com
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