Theater for Schools

School Year 2023-24

Here you will find 15 plays for schools. If you want, you can filter them by language, educational level and type of show.

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Catalonian

30 min

Animalets

A clueless farmer lives on a magical farm with four adorable little animals.

Catalonian

45 min

Arzabastayan

Joy and excitement with a clown who has to do a magic show without being very skilled.

Catalonian

45 min

Bibliòfilus

An educational show to encourage children to read and awaken a love of books.

Catalonian

45 min

Cirkruskus

A clown spreads happiness everywhere with his little circus full of bizarre characters.

English

45 min

Clowning

We will walk around London and help the Queen of England recover her precious crown jewels.

English

35 min

It’s Magic!

The tricks of a magical clown leave children speechless and create a world of excitement and mystery.

English

45 min

It’s Not Rocket Science

Let's play spies on another planet while working on English vocabulary related to outer space.

English

35 min

Let’s Go to the Farm

A rabbit, a duck, a cow and a lamb keep playing tricks on a poor clown who lives in the country.

Catalonian

45 min

Missió Setciències

An exciting space adventure to learn interesting things about astronomy and the scientific method.

Catalonian

30 min

Petitruskus

A cheerful and animated work for the little ones with puppets, mime, magic and small moments of tenderness.

English

35 min

Ruskus’ Little Train

A tender and funny story about a naughty locomotive, a musical puppet and a magical fairy.

English

45 min

The Great Circusman

The most famous characters in the circus world entertain the little ones thanks to a traveling artist.

English

45 min

The Headless Monster

A mad scientist creates a monster in the middle of a stormy night, but is thwarted by an evil witch.

Catalonian

45 min

Traspatràs

Work on road safety education, citizenship, recycling and street accident prevention.

Catalonian

30 min

Trenet Xumet

A train, a clown and a puppet amuse the toddlers and reinforce fundamental habits from 0 to 3 years.

School theater for active spectators

In the theater world, the convention whereby the audience sees the stage, but the actors do not see the audience, is called the fourth wall. When school plays rely on the fourth wall, as is often the case, students are passive spectators of the stage action.

However, it is much more interesting when the fourth wall does not exist, as it happens in the works of Ruskus Patruskus. Thus, the students are active spectators immersed in the action, of which they form an essential part: without them, the play could not develop!

Student participation is a fundamental element in Ruskus Patruskus' works for schools.

school theater with roots

The heritage of medieval minstrels

I'm a clown, and I've always been fascinated by the ancestors of my trade, especially minstrels. In the Middle Ages there were few distractions. Almost no one could read or have access to books, there were no theaters and no entertainment. Apart from going to church and working hard, most people only knew war, disease and misery.

For this reason, in that society the minstrels had a fundamental, almost therapeutic, function. They were the only ones who brought some light and joy to the life of the village. To do this, they had to know a little bit of everything: make a coin disappear, recite heroic poetry, do somersaults and juggles, play musical instruments or walk with their hands. And, of course, play characters.

During the Renaissance, the ancient trade of minstrelsy had offspring in commedia dell'arte - the first professional form of theater in Europe -, especially in the characters known as zanni: Harlequin, Pulcinella, Pedrolino (or Pierrot in France) and others We could trace this family tree to the appearance of modern clowns and mimes during the 19th and 20th centuries.

I think it's a shame that the old minstrels' way of doing things has been lost. Why do actors only have to act, and jugglers only juggle? A magician could well mime: isn't it also a form of magic to create an invisible wall with your hands? The puppets of the ventriloquists are as amazing as the somersaults of the acrobats. At the end of the day, everything serves to entertain and tell a story, and that's exactly what theater is about.

That is why my shows for schools are peppered with physical comedy, magic tricks and scenes with puppets that get the students excited, laughing and actively participating. This is the legacy of the old minstrels that I want to bring to school today: total theater.

Maurice Sand, Masques et bouffons 01, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons
The Harlequin of the commedia dell'arte: an illustrious ancestor of clowns.
Five fundamental advantages

Theater plays ideal for schools

Money saving
Thanks to the packs for schools, up to five sessions can be done in a single day at a very reasonable price. This allows that there are not too many students at the functions and that they are all from the same year (or the same cycle), which has both artistic and didactic benefits. In addition, ZERs and centers of maximum complexity (CMC) enjoy special packs with reduced prices.

There is no need to move the students
The functions can be held in the school itself: in the gym, the psychomotor classroom or even in the playground. This saves you the problems associated with having to move the children to a theater or auditorium (travel time, bus costs, etc.).

Much more than school theater
Ruskus Patruskus' plays for schools use, in addition to the dramatic art itself, resources from other scenic disciplines; you'll find magic, puppetry and clowning, as well as some circus, mime and music. They are very complete shows that keep the students interested throughout the performance.

Participative theater plays full of laughter
The students are not mere spectators, but take an active part in the play. During the performance, some of the vailets come on stage to play certain characters. The rest of the students also participate as an audience, either answering or asking questions, shouting, laughing and even doing magic!

Professionalism guaranteed
Ruskus has been working continuously in the world of school theater for more than 20 years. During all this time, he has created 15 shows for kindergarten and elementary school students, of which he has performed more than 3,000 performances throughout Catalonia.

And educators, what do they think?

Very funny! The vocabulary was very accessible to the scoundrel. I positively value the fact of incorporating things from English culture into the work, as the older ones found it curious and heard comments about whether or not they had been to those places. Thank you so much!

– Aroa, Escola Herois del Bruc (Piera)

Very entertaining, with nice props and great staging for children.

– Llorenç, Escola Lola Anglada (l'Hospitalet de Llobregat)

A good proposal for I3 and I4. Fun and enjoyable. The children laughed a lot and so did I!

– Neus, Escola Alexandre Galí (Barcelona)

In just 40 minutes, there was a complete review of almost all the vocabulary worked on in the first two terms of English in the initial cycle. The students had a blast, the magic tricks were fantastic and the performance really fun.

– Jonatan, Escola Mediterrània (Pineda de Mar)