Same Room, Different Story by Claire Broome is truly the ideal high school play. Available in full-length and one-act versions, it’s perfect for a class project or drama club to take on and make it their own.

Shreds and Patches

Recommended for High Schools

Shreds and Patches

by Robert Wing

A re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

 About 35 minutes

Times given are approximate and do not include intermissions/scene changes/breaks


 8
4 M | 2 W | 2 Any Gender


Simple set


 26 pages

Drama Character Study Issue-Based Shakespeare
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Shreds and Patches is a re-imagining of Shakespeare’s Hamlet. The location is a “wellness facility” for disturbed teens. Dane, our anti-hero, confronts his bullying step-father and self-centered mother with the help of his fellow patients and Dr. Osric. Will Dane be able to get through to his mother about “the king of shreds and patches” or will he be left in the dark?

The play fuses Shakespearean speech with modern dialogue, reinforcing the notion that the teens and adults speak different languages. An excellent easy-to-stage competition piece!

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