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Smelly Won't Behave!


  • Playwright

    Paul Boyd (2) 

  • Notes

    This play was written to form the core of a weeklong theatre residency in special schools. The play explores a range of issues such as manners, acceptable behaviour, focus and a sense of belonging. The play is also suitable for all young people between 5-9 years.

  • Synopsis

    Bertha is the eldest sister of a large family and is always in charge. Her best friend is Smelly the Monster who nobody else can see. Smelly won't behave. He creates messes at home and at school, and Bertha always takes the blame. When her class gets double double double homework because of Smelly's invisible behaviour, however, Bertha has had enough. At her Dad's suggestion she begins to teach the monster manners so that Smelly becomes a very well-behaved monster. As he does so, he even becomes visible, making new friends and getting to star in the school play.

  • Play Type

    Theatre for Young Audiences

    Number Of Acts


  • Cast Size Male


  • Cast Size Female


  • Cast Notes

    In the original production four cast members played various additional unspecified roles.


  • Date of First Production

    14 May 2001

  • Producer

    Produced by Replay Theatre Company

  • Original Venue

  • Venue Notes

    This play was first performed at Oakwood School, Belfast as part of a theatre residency tour.

Original Cast  
All other parts Maureen Macauley
Bus Driver Maureen Macauley
All other parts Heather Long
Snail Heather Long
Bertha Debra Salem
All other parts Simon Imrie
Mr. White Simon Imrie
Bertha's Dad Simon Imrie
All other parts Orla McKeagney
Smelly the Monster Sean Paul O'Rawe
Production Team  
Director Richard Croxford
Designer Stuart Marshall
General Manager Ali FitzGibbon
Composer Paul Boyd (2)
Administration Assistant Irene Swift
Stage Manager Maureen Macauley
Set Construction The Workshop
Costume Construction Louise Stewart
Prop Maker Stevie Bamford
Prop Maker Helen Davies




The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme. Additional information was supplied by Replay Productions from information contained in the company files.