Short Play: Hard Hitting Harrowing Subject matter, that is topically relevant.

I don’t usually do requests, Shedders, unless it’s to get a round in at the Goitre and Shovel, my local, but today is an exception. A sparkling moment in a sea of shitty bollocks.

“what’s the difference that’s made the difference?” you cry, as you have all been collectively trained in the manner of solution focused brief therapy popularised by Steve DeShazer and Insoo Kim berg. You clever swine!

Well, I happened upon this video ‘Rap against Rape’ that was tweeted by Saliwho.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKMTSGgJPGA

If you’re so lazy you can’t be arsed to click on that link, PLEASE RECONSIDER. This is a video that is unparalleled, not only in its awareness raising that “rape is wrong” and that every one of all ages can be raped “even a simple child”.

Heavy Stuff. This is punctuated with some great mime by the dancers at the beginning. Miming the terror that might be on a woman’s face if she were about to be raped. Moving.

Apparently rape has been happening for ‘some time’ according to RAR, which was filmed in the early nineties, which makes it sound like it has been around since approximately 1985.

The ‘rappers’ are cunningly disguised as electricians wearing ‘dad jeans’ and moustaches meanwhile their angry sister, modelling herself on Yazz, stomps angrily in the background, occasionally shaking a fist, miming “what did I do wrong?”.

What didn’t you do wrong? That dance is just the tip of the iceberg. I remember my mate Liz doing a dance like that at the local underage disco. She didn’t get off with anyone that night.

Ah, I see! Effective.

Anyway, my pal, Sherby57, asked me if I’d write one of my famous short plays about ‘da issuez’. I’m not sure which issue he’d like me to raise awareness of, so I’ve chosen to use all of them. Possibly interchangeably. Not rape though. I think ‘Rap Against Rape’ have made the position on rape perfectly clear.

IT’S WRONG. DON’T DO IT. NOT EVEN IF IT’S A SIMPLE CHILD.

Ok here’s the short play:

______________________

person 1: Don’t do that, it’s wrong.

person 2: Is it?

Person 1: Yes. It hurts people/the environment/animals in some direct or indirect form.

Person 2: Really? I did not know that.

Person 1: Yes, it does. Can you stop it?

Person 2: Sure thing. Thank you for opening my eyes.

Person 1: You’re not even going to put up a fight?

Person 2: Your argument was very erudite and cogent, so no. And I fancy you slightly.

Person 1: Can you not put up a bit more of a struggle?

Person 2: No, sorry. I don’t like doing wrong things.

FIN.

One thought on “Short Play: Hard Hitting Harrowing Subject matter, that is topically relevant.

  1. This is so much more than I could have imagined when I made the request for a short play. It’s truly life changing. I’m speechless.

    Not literally. If I was speechless then I wouldn’t have been able to say “This is so much more than I could have imagined when I made the request for a short play. It’s truly life changing. I’m speechless.”

    Although, I am fully aware that “This is so much more than I could have imagined when I made the request for a short play. It’s truly life changing. I’m speechless.” doesn’t constitute ‘speech’ per se. However, in the online world, a blog comment is a kind of substitute for speech, very much in the leg sense. One can’t help but feel that we need a new word to replace ‘speechless’ for online situations such as these. It would make things much less confusing and would negate the need for everybody having to write overly long treatises on the nature of speechlessness every time that they used the word ‘speechless’ whilst referring to the written word in an online context.

    Oh, how I long for the day when such a word exists. It would be like Bobby Davro, Russ Abbot and Apollo Creed have all literally come round to my house for a dinner party. It would probably be for my birthday and they would have brought me lots of amazing presents and we would have jelly and ice cream and an big fuck off cake with those candles that come back to life when you blow them out.

    I propose that the word that we use to replace speechless should be “Drangelsworldofshedspostshortplayhardharrowingsubjectmatterthatistopicallyrelevantless” in your honour. Let’s hope that those idiots at the OED get their proverbial fingers out and get this matter sorted post haste.

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