Can be performed outside television stations,
film studios, broadcasting commissions etc.
Dramatis personae: One TV announcer
Two protagonists (or more if you like)
One ‘armchair’ TV viewer (preferably male)
Props: ‘TV screen’ (large, possibly
made of painted cardboard, for TV announcer to appear behind)
Easy chair (can be blow up chair for ease of transporting)
‘Weapons’ for protagonists to wield (can be cut
out knives or guns stuck on cardboard)
Poster(s) to advertise when street theatre will start (time
Note; As this drama is short
and simple, dialogue can be ad libbed if desired but those
involved need to run through it at least a few times before
doing it in public.
All those viewing it can be leafleted with campaign information
and it would be good to have at least a couple of people,
not involved in acting out the drama, to do this.
The drama can be repeated a number of times as desired
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Announcer (behind screen):Now we bring you this
evening’s main feature film, a gripping story which
contains scenes of extreme violence.
Viewer: Oh great, I’ve been waiting for
Announcer: In a country quite like ours, there
was a huge amount of violence and killing going on…..
Switch to the two protagonists –
Protagonist 1: You’re a low down good
for nothing person who deserves to die!
Protagonist 2; You’re a down low nothing
person who doesn’t deserve to live!
They fight. One draws a knife, the other a gun,
one is injured, the other killed.
Announcer: And that concludes our main evening
movie. We hope you enjoyed it. More violence on this station
Viewer: [Rubs hands] Fantastic, that was really
good, there’s nothing like a bit of blood and guts for
Announcer (stepping from behind screen);
Ooops, our apologies, we seem to have made a mistake, that
wasn’t the feature film, that was an extract from the
news and [speaking directly to Viewer]
that was your son/daughter/brother/sister/father/mother [as
appropriate to age and sex of characters] and they are now
Viewer screams, faints.