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Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down.
Duration - around 10 minutes not including music suggestions.
Unlikely as this may seem but this classic poem by Rudyard Kipling manages to bring together 20 readers and 8 rappers - along with one somewhat incredulous Narrator and poet!
This assembly includes both original material and ... well, who can argue that the rappers aren't themsleves a pretty original lot - to say nothing of the material they produce!
If the language of the original If seems a little dated now, take heart from what can still be gleaned from it, in the right enthusiastic hands!
Rapper 4: So I think it’s fair to say
Rapper 5: It’s all a bit iffy!
(All rappers laugh)
Narrator: Now, now people! A little respect for our great poet here, if you please!
Rapper 6: Oh! Absolutely no disrespect intended, bro!
Rapper 7: No, we were just making the point that none of what we are about to say is a given!
Rapper 8: It’s all about making your own choices.
Rapper 1: Nobody can make you good!
Rapper 2: That has to come from you!
Rapper 3: And that’s not always easy!
Rapper 4: Take that first couple of lines
(Narrator points to Reader 1)
Reader 1: If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you
Rapper 4: Sound familiar?
Rapper 5: In this crazy world where everything has to be ‘now’, how many people do you know who can stay calm under pressure?
Rapper 6: And what about the next two lines?
(Narrator points to Reader 2)
Reader 2: If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
Rapper 6: Wow! That is special! I think we’ll call that one, self-confidence!
(Narrator points to Reader 3)
Reader 3: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Rapper 7: Let’s call that, patience!
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