Assipattle & The Stoorworm
by Ron Nicol published 2005
Suitable for Adult Groups
Assipattle, a simple farmer's son, dreams of becoming a hero, but is bullied by his older brother Fingal. When his sister Freya becomes maid to Princess Gemdelovely, Assipattle falls in love with the Princess.
The kingdom is threatened by a ferocious sea-monster, and Queen Beatris and Murdo the sorcerer plot to have the Princess sacrificed to the creature. Assipattle determines to rescue her. Based on a Scottish folk tale. Though written with youth groups in mind, the play could also be performed by mixed groups of young people and adults. Author's note: Assipattle is an Orcadian folk hero, and the Stoorworm is a Scandinavian sea-serpent, or dragon. The story goes that when the giant Stoorworm died, its tongue fell out, making a trench which was filled by the sea to become the Skagerrak, the kyle which separates Denmark from Norway and Sweden. The Stoorworm's teeth fell into the sea and formed the islands we now call Orkney and the Shetlands. Its dead body became what we now know as Iceland, and the fire Assipattle started in its stomach is the reason for the volcanic activity on the island.
Sets: The Northern Isles, Scotland
Period: The epic past
Running Time: 45 Minutes
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