Ancient Greek Myths Pandora's Box Assembly or Class Play
Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or down
Duration - around 15 - 20 minutes reading. This does not include large playlist of suggested music!
The Seven Deadly Sins plus all those Vices? No wonder our Narrator is worried! But as with all good stories, this one has a happy ending - well, maybe not for all those baddies!
Music 5 – You’re Beautiful – James Blunt
(Epimetheus sings love song to Pandora)
Narrator: (Indicating for music to stop) Yes, yes. We get it! Young love!
Epimetheus: Oh come on! Look at this perfect woman? How could I possibly resist?
Narrator: (To audience) Aha! Somebody else who couldn’t resist temptation!
(To Pandora) No offence to you, madam.
(To Epimetheus) But did you not look a little deeper? I mean, yes, she’s undoubtedly beautiful but
(Optional burst of The Price You Pay – Bruce Springsteen)
Pandora: (Angrily) Oh right! It’s the blond argument, right? The ‘well, if she looks that good, there can’t be much underneath’? No spirit, heh?
Music 6 Missionary Man – Eurythmics
(Pandora throws off her ‘pretty clothes’ displaying a much stronger image)
Narrator: (Holding up hand for music to stop) Whoa! That’s not the Perfect Pandora I was expecting!
Epimetheus: (Gasping) And that’s not a side of my wife I’ve ever seen before!
Pandora: Of course not! You only ever wanted me to be that perfect ‘domestic goddess’ – sitting around, looking pretty, staring vacantly out to space!
Epimetheus: Well, isn’t that what wives are supposed to do?
Narrator: Not this one, I suspect!
(Optional excerpt of Thorn in my Side – Eurythmics – Pandora strutting up and down)
Narrator: (Holding hand up) OK. Yes, we’ve got it! So underneath all that sweetness was a whole heap of frustration!
Pandora: More like mega boredom! I mean, what was I supposed to do all day?
Epimetheus: Stay out of mischief?
Pandora: (Laughing) What? After you’d told me not to do something!
Narrator: Quickest way to get someone to do something, in my experience!
Epimetheus: But I was supposed to be the one wearing the trousers!
(To Pandora) Not you!
Narrator: Oh dear! I can see this didn’t end well!
Epimetheus: Hardly! Not when she went and did exactly what I told her not to!
Music 7 Temptation – Heaven 7 (see Production Notes for performance)
Narrator: OK. So, back to this box!
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