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Cast of 30 – easily adaptable up or down
This cast (should that be caste?!) is anything but equal with the appearance of three gods – two with 4 arms and the other with 4 heads – which one is the narrator supposed to address?
Just one of the many problems facing our narrator – the main one being sheer volume of music, colour, joy and .. well everything that makes India such a vibrant country!
Duration – minimum 10 minutes reading time – this, as explained in Production Notes, could be increased to 30 minutes plus.
One of a collection of Indian scripts:
Divali and the Story of Rama & Sita (as a play within a play – a little like Midsummer Nights Dream!)
plus scripts on Gandhi and on the Indus Valley Civilisation.
(Shiva dances across ‘the stage’)
(Narrator tries to stop him but is confused by the number of arms – four)
Narrator: Er, em, excuse me … but who are you and what are you doing?
Shiva: What am I doing? Isn’t it obvious? I’m dancing, of course!
Narrator: Well, I think we can all see that. But who are you?
Shiva: (Exploding) Who am I? Who am I?
Narrator: Well, if you put it like that – yes, who are you?
(Whole cast gasps in horror)
(Child 7 goes over to Narrator)
Child 7: (Aside) Surely you know who this is?
Narrator: (Irritably) Well, do you really think I’d be asking if I did?
Child 7: It’s Shiva – the Destroyer!
Narrator: Oh no! Not that god with the power of life and death?
Child 7: That’s the one!
Narrator: (To Shiva) Oh I am most dreadfully sorry! I had no idea that it was you, Shiva!
Shiva: Oh I’ll forgive you! I guess I do look (waving arms around) pretty ‘armless!
Narrator: Well, I wouldn’t say that! I mean, I think I counted … four arms?
Shiva: Oh that’s nothing! When you compare it with number of names I have!
Narrator: And they are? (Holds up fingers to start counting on) Now, let’s see. Starting with Shiva …
Shiva: Er, I don’t think we have time to run through the others – there are over one thousand of them!
Narrator: Oh, how very confusing! Can I suggest we stick with Shiva for now?
Shiva: That’s just fine with me! Course, I’ll also answer to Lord of the Dance, if you prefer?
Narrator: Yes, I do prefer that to your other title
Shiva: You mean, the Destroyer?
(Whole cast gasps and recoils in horror)
Narrator: Hmm. I don’t think that one’s a very popular choice around here!