A play reading that reflects on war
4 characters: Mum, Dad, son Jamie, daughter Amber.
Jamie is sitting by the table engrossed with his smart phone; Mum stands behind the table, she wears an apron and holds a cloth (or other kitchen item) and looks busy; Amber enters wearing a uniform, or a symbol of uniform (hat scarf etc), she removes her back-pack with a thud.
Jamie: Why are you wearing your Girl Guide (or Girl’s Brigade) uniform?
Amber: I’ve been selling red poppies in the mall. Our company was asked to help.
(sits at the other end of the table, chair turned towards audience)
Jamie: Yea! It’s ANZAC day tomorrow, we get a day off school.
Mum: We will be going to the Citizens Service at the War Memorial in the morning.
Amber: I’m going to be in the parade. There is going to be a band and I am going to be carrying the Girl Guide flag.
Mum: That is an honour. We will be proud of you.
Jamie: I like the parade but the speeches get really boring. They go on and on.
Mum: Those speeches are important, you should try listening. If we don’t know our history we are in danger of repeating it.
Jamie: I know what ANZAC is about – old soldiers who died years ago. We learn that stuff at school. Hundreds of New Zealand and Australian soldiers died at Gallipoli in Turkey. But it was ages and ages ago.
Amber: It was exactly (102) years ago.
Jamie: You are such a know all. History is full of wars but we don’t have them now.
Amber: There are wars now. …
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Download the full script here.
The script also includes Shirley Murray’s
“Hymn for ANZAC Day”, written in 2005, set to music by Colin Gibson.