The Silver Whistle Author:Ann Tompert A prize-winning play from England, and long a favorite throughout Britain. A Silver Whistle, possessing magic powers, is lost; and great adventures are had in the search for it. Originally written for audience participation, the play is readily adaptable to both non-participation format, and to semi-arena or proscenium. A countryside near a town... more ». Cast of 10 men, 3 women, although women may portray several of the male roles.
A Silver Whistle, lost by a Princess, has magic powers. It may be used to summon the Slave of the Whistle who obeys commands, grants wishes, occassionally issues warnings or reproof. Magic, trickery, theft, and the intervention of a bird bring about changes in the whistle's ownership. Its uses result in exciting and sometimes awkward situations. Finally, the Policeman asks the audience for assistance in his search for the whistle. Their ready help may be accepted and used, or skillfully rejected by the actors, provided the whistle is ultimately returned to the Princess, who, with the Policeman, decide how best to deal with it.« less