This play plus quiz on sharks is a judgement on man's part in endangering the natural balance in the sea's ecosystem. 4 sharks versus 1 human, with a hammerhead shark as judge!
With its focus on the world's environment and the future of certain endangered wildlife species, this play could be used along with 'Our Planet' - an exploration of 5 habitats and man's impact on their wildlife - for IFAW Animal Action Week (Sept 28 - Oct 15) or World Habitat Day (Oct 5).
Cast: Hammerhead Shark (Judge)
Human (The Accused)
Great White shark
This play may be read by 6 speakers, or just 2. (For 2 speakers, Human has been emboldened, as one speaker; whilst the remaining 5 parts/sharks can be read by another speaker)
Reading time: approx. 15 minutes (play), and at least 10 minutes for the quiz.
All sharks names are abbreviated in the script i.e. Hammerhead instead of Hammerhead shark
(Sharks encircling human, menacingly)
Great White: (To human) We have you surrounded!
Human: So I see!
Megamouth: No escape, this time, Mister!
Human: Are you threatening me?
Hammerhead: (Banging head on table) Order! Order! I will determine the human’s fate, not you!
Wobbegong: (Sulkily) So, you’re letting him go?
Human: Quite right!
Whale: But that’s not how we sharks normally operate!
Great White: (To whale shark, dismissively) As if you’d know what to do, with a mouthful of human!
Hammerhead: (Impatiently) May I remind you, Great White, that not all 370 plus species of shark want, or even need, to be awesome killing machines.
Whale: Some of us are more than happy simply letting our meals in, as we swim along!
Megamouth: It’s quite an advantage, having a big mouth at times!
Human: I can see where this one gets his name from!
Whale: It is a lot less hassle than having to go out hunting!
Human: Ah! So you lot should be charged, along with me – if you’re hunting too.
Hammerhead: Not so fast, human! You stand accused of greed and unnecessary waste. Us sharks hunt to survive. That is hardly the case with you.
Human: But we have families to feed too! We do not just hunt for the fun of it!
Hammerhead: (Skeptically) Oh really? But even if you were just ‘fishing for food’, how can you defend your ‘over-fishing’ ?
Wobbegong: To the point where there are none of us left?
Great White: Or so few, you have to do a quick U turn and put us on your ‘protected species’ list!
Hammerhead: Could I suggest you should be finding out a bit more about us, before you endanger our futures, and your own?
Human: Well, we are trying …
Megamouth: That’s true enough! Taking your time though, aren’t you? Took you ‘til 1976 to discover me and only 4 more of my kind found since.
Whale: What kept you? Wasn’t his mouth big enough?!
Megamouth: It hardly compares with yours – one gulp and a whole school of fish disappears!