Tudor Drama - The Stranger's Case

About the play

The Stranger's Case is a new KS2/3 drama and history workshop offered at Bolling Hall Museum, Bradford. It was written by Kay Douglas in collaboration with Bolling Hall's Museum Education Officers.


Set in midwinter 1600, a band of travelling players arrive at Bolling Hall to perform a play for Sir Robert Tempest and his family. Servant Joan Beldon has her suspicions about Nick Nidderdale, the leader of the actors. Is he a Catholic or a Protestant? What is inside the mysterious box he has with him? Can your class help Joan decide whether to report the actors to the authorities?


The play and workshop offer pupils a unique opportunity to explore Tudor themes such as the clash between Protestant and Catholic, and experience life in a Tudor household, in a vivid and imaginative way. It will also encourage them to think about parallels between these stories and their own lives in the 21st century.

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