JACK AND THE BEANSTALK (first version)
Parts(6): Narrator 1 Narrator 2 Narrator 3 Jack Giantess Giant Harp
Narrator 1: In the days of good King Alfred there lived a little boy, named Jack, with his widow
mother in a very small cottage in which there was no furniture at all except one
wooden stool and a rickety table, so Jack and his mother had to sleep on the floor,
they were so very, very poor, and this was exceedingly uncomfortable.
Narrator 2: Jack's father had been a farmer, but he was dead, and as Jack was not big enough to
dig, and plough, and attend to the farm, and there was no one else to do it, soon all
the money that had been left was spent.
Narrator 3: So then Jack's mother was very miserable, and she told him that he must take the cow,
all they now had left, and sell her. Jack was very sad, but he was a good little boy
and wanted to help his mother, so he set off. He had not gone very far, when he met a
man, to whom he told his tale. The man spoke very kindly to Jack, and said he would
willingly buy the cow, but that, as he had no money with him, he must give beans
Narrator 1: So Jack took off his hat, and the man filled it with beans, saying that they would
grow to be wonderful plants, and would make his fortune.
Narrator 2: Jack ran home to his mother in high glee, but she, when she saw just common-looking
beans instead of pieces of gold, was very angry indeed, and threw them out of the
Narrator 3: Jack was very unhappy, and cried himself to sleep that evening, but when he awoke the
next morning, what was his surprise to see, on looking out of the window, a wonderful
beanstalk, strong and tall, so tall, indeed, that the top was somewhere right up in
the clouds and not to be seen.
Jack: "It must have a top,"
Narrator 1: thought Jack,
Jack: "and I mean to find it."
Narrator 1: So he began climbing up the beanstalk, and he climbed and climbed and at last reached
the top, which ought him on to a mountain where he saw a beautiful fairy who showed
him a big Castle at some little distance, and told him that in that Castle lived a
dreadful Giant who was very fond of roast boy for dinner, but that Jack must behave,
and then he would get a great deal of money, for the Giant was exceedingly rich.
Narrator 2: Jack thanked the kind fairy, and went on to the Castle. There was a very big door,
and he had to stand on tiptoe to knock, and the knocker was very heavy, but he
managed it at last, and then he saw a face looking out of a window. Jack at first
thought it must be the Giant, but it was only the Giant's wife, a kind woman, who,
when she saw how hungry he was, for he had had no breakfast and had come a long
journey, took him in, and gave him some dinner.
Narrator 3: Jack was enjoying it very much, when the Giantess, looking dreadfully frightened, said,
Giantess: "Oh, oh, here comes my husband, what shall I do; if he sees you he will have you
Narrator 1: Jack was rather nervous at this, so he asked the woman to hide him, and she put him in
the copper. Then there was a terrible knocking and stamping, and in came the Giant.
Giant: "Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum! I smell the blood of an Englishman.
Be he live, or be he dead, I'll grind his bones to make my bread."
Narrator 2: sang the Giant, and his voice sounded like the wind among the trees on a very stormy
day, or like lions in a menagerie at feeding time, and he walked all around sniffing
and snuffing, and peeping and prying into all corners and places where he thought
anyone might be hidden; then at last he thought he must have made a mistake, and that
it was his dinner he had smelt, and he sat down to the table, and he ate a great deal,
and drank a great deal, and Jack lifted up the cover of the copper, just a little way,
and watched him.
Narrator 3: When the Giant had eaten till he could eat no more, he took some bags full of gold out
of his pocket and placed them by his side, and then he was so tired, that he lay back
in his chair and went to sleep.
Jack: "Now is my time!"
Narrator 1: thought Jack, so he climbed out of the copper and crept up to the Giant. He seized
the bags of gold and ran to the window, jumped out, climbed down the beanstalk and so
Narrator 2: Jack's mother was delighted to see him again, and very much astonished and pleased was
she when she saw the gold. Now while the Giantess was feeding Jack, she had told him
of a wonderful hen which her husband owned, which, she said, laid golden eggs.
Jack: "If we had that hen we should never be poor any more."
Narrator 3: So next day he climbed up the beanstalk again and went to the Castle. This time no
one was at home, so he took the hen and got back safely, although she cackled so
loudly that he thought the Giant must hear, wherever he might be. And once more Jack
went to the Castle, this time to fetch a lovely golden harp which sang beautiful songs
when it was told. He got into the Castle all right, and took the harp while the Giant
was having his afternoon sleep. But the harp began to call out in a very loud voice,
Harp: "Master! Master! Wake! Wake!"
Narrator 1: And the Giant DID wake, and he rushed after Jack with his dreadful club in his hand.
Jack came to the beanstalk and clambered down as quickly as he could.
Narrator 2: As he got to the bottom he felt the stalk swaying terribly, and, looking up, he saw
that big, fierce Giant coming down after him. Jack's mother came running out of the
cottage, and she fetched a hatchet, which she gave to Jack, and he hacked away at the
beanstalk and at last cut it right through. Then it came tumbling down, and the Giant
too, and he fell on his head and was killed dead as a stone.
Narrator 3: So Jack and his mother now had enough and lots to spare and lived happily the rest of
Vocabulary: Copper Menagerie astonished hatchet