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The X Factory (KS3 and KS4 Musical Play)

by Gawen Robinson

Pricing & Order Info.
Cast Size (Flexible) 50-60
Speaking Roles 31
Minimum Cast Size 25
Duration (minutes) 60-80

Why choose this Musical?

Editable Word Doc Script available

31 speaking roles

Easily reduced to 25 speaking roles, see "Casting" tab below for full instructions.

Any number of chorus parts

CDs of Backing Tracks plus essential sound effects available

No pianist required! This CD includes ALL the Backing Tracks, Incidental Music and Special Effects in the order you need them enabling production and direction to take place without specialist musical expertise.

CD of Vocal Tracks available for learning the songs

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Grade 6 standard and Grade 3 standard, see "Script & Songs" below.

Full Production Notes

Check out the "Production Notes" in the "Script & Songs" tab below.

No problem props

Very easy to costume

Simple staging

Click "Script & Songs" below then click "Production Notes".

Age range: KS3 / KS4 (ages 11-18 or older!)

Duration: 60 to 80 minutes

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St Dithers School is in trouble! Following an extremely poor OFSET inspection the school has been labelled 'Average' and is in grave danger of being closed down.

The governors, worried about the fate of their school and with only 6 weeks to turn things around, decide to take drastic action. They realise that improving the school in that length of time would be impossible and that it would be easier to replace the head, and most of the pupils, with 'super-talented' ones. They also decide to bring in entirely new staff made up of celebrities from the world of entertainment!

A new head teacher, Simon Trowel, is appointed with the intention of making the school into a breeding ground for young super stars who will one day be on TV reality shows and dominate show business forever! New 'super-teachers' are brought in from the world of 'show biz reality TV shows' and include: Will.I.Was, Cherri Cola, Dusty Barrel, Bruno Macaroni and Craig Rebel-Cardboard. Bant and Beck, the northern comic duo, are also appointed as the 'Superstar Announcers'.

When the staff and pupils decide to fight back, fun and frolics ensue making this an extremely entertaining show for children to perform.

Scene One

The show opens in the school hall of St Dithers where the children and staff are singing the school song, rather badly!. Following this the headmistress, Mrs Crabtree, introduces the Ofset chief inspector Ms Grimshaw to deliver the verdict of the schools recent inspection. It isn't good news; the school has been assessed as 'Average'. The school is given six weeks to turn 'Average' into 'Outstanding'. The teachers and pupils all sing a rebellious song, Average, protesting against the Ofset ruling.

Scene Two

In the school staffroom the teachers are discussing the Ofset situation and are all very worried about losing their jobs. The headmistress enters to deliver the news that the governors have decided that it is impossible to turn the school around in six weeks and therefore all the staff, and most of the children, will be replaced! The school will become a school for super stars of the future, an X Factory producing young people to end up on TV talent shows. The scene concludes with the teachers singing a reprise of Average.

Scene Three

Set in the schoolyard some of the pupils that were lucky enough to return are discussing the situation they find themselves in. They have to audition in front of a judging panel to assess their talent, or lack of it. Emma and Rachel give a rendition of their offering Rap Pack. The conclusion the pupils come to is that they are all doomed and that all they can do is try their best to impress.

Scene Four

The school hall has been re-designed slightly and behind a panel sit the new 'Super Teachers'. Simon Trowel introduces himself and the pupils immediately recognise him from the telly. He introduces the rest of the team: Will.I.Was, Cherri Cola, Dusty Barrel, Bruno Macaroni and Craig Rebel-Cardboard.

Simon tells the pupils that over the next few days they will all be working hard with the new teachers who will be looking for those pupils with that extra special talent, The X Factor!

Scene Five

At the dance auditions Bant and Beck, the comedic comperes, get things underway. The pupils are paired up to perform in front of Bruno, Craig and Dusty. Bruno performs a Tango for the pupils to copy. The pupil's attempts at this Tango are hilarious! Bruno, Craig and Dusty then assess the pupil's performances.

Scene Six

This scene sees Bant and Beck discussing their own vocal abilities leading to introducing the Vocal Auditions.

Scene Seven

At the dance auditions Bant and Beck introduce Jenny. She is the first, very nervous pupil, to audition. Jenny is actually really keen to be a singer. She sings Blue Skies to which both Cherri and Simon applaud her effort. They tell her she has made it into the Showcase.

Bant and Beck then introduce Emma, Rachel and Joe to perform a Rap.

The judges think it is awful and send them off.

There are no more pupils to audition, as the rest are too terrified to perform!

Bant and Beck suggest rehearsing a big chorus number all about being brave and living for the moment - Be Alive.

Scene Eight

Set in the schoolyard some of the pupils decide to fight back. They need a cunning plan. They realise that although they may not be good at performing arts they do have considerable skills in other areas.

They then spot some poor, downtrodden looking people. It's their old teachers! They all decide to work together on the 'cunning plan' to get their school back. It will be a new start - a Brand New Day.

Scene Nine

In the school hall Wilf, the caretaker and Gladys the cleaner are clearing up following the auditions. They are discussing the good old days and how they used to dance. The Ofsted 'Health and Safety' inspector enters. He is of the opinion that there are many failings in regard to theatrical performances. Wilf and Gladys think his rules regarding a 'fire hazard' are ridiculous. Also the mention of an audience makes the inspector very nervous. He will have to report his findings.

Scene Ten

Later that night the six rebel students creep in. They have decided to sabotage the sound and lighting systems. Also Emma sets to work on the costumes with a pair of scissors.

They all rush off to hide as Simon and the other judges enter. Simon reveals that Ofset have decided to bring the showcase inspection forward to the next day. This causes a bit of panic. However Simon thinks this might play into their hands. After all they are not really teachers and are just looking for talent to increase their own wealth and fame.

All this is overheard by the six pupils who now realise that they need help if they are going to be able to keep their school open.

Scene Eleven

The Showcase. The audience are seated and waiting for the show to begin.

The judges discover that they have been sabotaged, but they have no choice but to continue. During Showcase Messed Up Track. the performers gallantly try to sing and dance but it is a disaster! The Ofset inspector gets up to leave but the rebels enter and persuade the inspector to stay. The headmistress sticks up for her school, her staff, and her pupils and says that they are not average, they are all amazing! The inspector is willing to listen and all the pupils perform Brand New Day.

The performance is amazing and the inspector is impressed enough to agree to keep the school open! Simon and the judges are fired and all the old teachers and pupils are re-instated. A HAPPY ENDING! Well at least till the next Ofset inspection!

Suggested Cast List for 31 Actors

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many spoken lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the character's name indicates that this character ALSO has solo or featured sung lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
*Simon Trowel82
Mrs Crabtree59
Ms Grimshaw42
Safety Inspector35
*Craig Rebel-Cardboard34
Wilf Sprocket32
Mr Potter29
Gladys Overall25
*Dusty Barrel20
*Bruno Macaroni20
Mr Quaver19
*Cherri Cola17
Mr Sprout15
Madam Onions14
Miss Findley14
Sophie Le Brie13
*Jenny Lane12
Mrs Fudge11
Miss Blunt7
Chadwick Roquefort5
Daphne Gorgonzola5

Non speaking roles: Students, Teachers and 'Super-Students' - as many as you wish! The addition of a Chorus sitting offstage is also recommended, if available.

Suggested Cast List for 25 Actors

N.B. In the following list, the number shows how many spoken lines each role has. An asterisk (*) before the character's name indicates that this character ALSO has solo or featured sung lines.

Character NameNumber of Lines
*Simon Trowel82
Mrs Crabtree59
Ms Grimshaw42
Mr Sprout
also plays Safety Inspector
Miss Findley
also plays Gladys Overall1
Chadwick Roquefort
also plays Wilf Sprocket2
*Craig Rebel-Cardboard34
Mr Potter29
*Jenny Lane
also plays Sophie Le Brie3
Miss Blunt
also plays Madam Onions4
*Dusty Barrel20
*Bruno Macaroni20
Mr Quaver19
*Cherri Cola17
Mrs Fudge11
Daphne Gorgonzola
also plays Announcer

1This involves a quick change from Scene Eight to Scene Nine. Also, Miss Findley's line in Scene Eleven will need to be reallocated to another teacher character.
2This involves a quick change in Scene Eleven.
3The actor will need to read both parts as 'Jenny' in Scene Eleven.
4This will involve a very quick change in Scene Eleven.

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5 Star Rating

The X Factory (KS3 and KS4 Musical Play)

"Pupils, parents and staff raved about this fantastic show. The hilariously funny jokes, catchy songs and excellent script allows for a fantastic performance to be given. Kids learned their lines quickly and enjoyed learning the song lyrics. If you're looking for a school show that's current but a bit different from the standard, this is the one to go for. Thank you to the writers and team that brought the X Factory to life for us all to enjoy. "
Martin Craig, St John's, Port Glasgow

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