The Theatremakers » Education

By: Theatre Makers  05/12/2011
Keywords: sheep, wolf

The Theatremakers » Education

The Boy Who Cried Wolf by Jack Healy and George Hanover (after Aesop)

Being an extract from Aesop’s Fabulous Foibles and Fables (A play for children based on Aesop’s Fables)

This piece is about ten minutes long and might be suitable for performance by an older group of children for their younger cohorts.

It is performed by three sheep for The Hare who is taking a break in his race with the Tortoise.

SONG. WE ARE THREE SHEEP.

SHEEP A. We are three sheep.
Therefore we must warn you.
Not to count us, you might fall asleep.

ALL. No do not count us
You’ll fall asleep.

SHEEP B. Aesop, now he wrote stories
Tales with funny animals
Tales with Morals, in ancient Greece.

ALL. Oh tales with morals.
Many with sheep.

SHEEP C. Tortoise hare fox and crow.
The Mouse and best friend lion
There all great stories,
Even without sheep.

ALL. They would be better,
If they had sheep.

SHEEP A. Also, There’s a woo….
We do not like to name him.
Because he eats us. Boy
He likes his sheep.

ALL. Can’t get enough
Of us tasty sheep. (Repeat to fade)

Other sheep are inclined to sneak off.

Hey, where’s every body gone.

Enter Hare Yawning….The sheep run in panic when they hear the Hare’s yawns.

HARE. (To Audience)Ah there ye are. Anything happen while I was snoozing? No, Good. Tortoise is probably still miles off any way.

Enter sheep again…. tentatively.

SHEEP. Baah!

HARE. “Baaah” they say, all innocence, as if butter wouldn’t melt in their mouths. Come here boys and girls, it must be a laugh being a sheep though, I mean especially if you are an outdoor type, except of course until someone starts thinking about dinner, like a human or a wolf.

SHEEP. Booh hooh hooh. He said wolf.

HARE. Ha? Wolf!

SHEEP. Booh hooh hooh. He said wolf again.

HARE. Wolf.

SHEEP. Booh hooh hooh.

HARE. Wolf.

SHEEP. Booh hooh hooh.

HARE. Rabbit.!  Hmm!? Why do ye cry when someone mentions……

The sheep look at him in anticipation and are about to cry…

HARE…. the ‘you know what’?

The sheep look at him in a bemused manner.

HARE. You know….

Hare does wolf imitation

SHEEP A. It’s all because of the boy who cried….

SHEEP B. You say it

SHEEP C. No you say it.

SHEEP A. I said it the last time. Still haven’t gotten over it….

HARE. The boy who…. the boy who what?  What are they talking about boys and girls… the boy who cried what?

AUDIENCE. Wolf!

SHEEP. Boooh hooh hooh.

HARE. What are ye like… maybe ye are thick after all. Ye can’t be going “booh hooh hooh” every time someone says…… you know what. Other wise ye won’t be able to tell us ye’re story.  So let’s give it a try.  I’ll say, you know what and ye try not to cry. Give us a hand here boys and girls.

HARE. One, two three….

HARE WITH AUDIENCE.  Wolf!!

The sheep stoically try to hold out, but then….

SHEEP.  Booh hooh hooh.

HARE. Not bad… one more go now…alright boys and girls; One two three….

HARE WITH AUDIENCE. Wolf!!

Two of the sheep hold out, but then the third one cracks… and all three go….

HARE. Now this time we are going to get it….One two three….wolf….

They hold…. and hold….  they start to laugh.

SHEEP A.  (Joking now) Wolf….

The other two pretend to cry and so on. Now they make a game of it.

HARE. Now that we have that out of the way, what’s this story about the boy who cried wolf?

SHEEP. Boooh hooh hooh….

HARE. Oh for God’s sake.

SHEEP. Just kidding.

SHEEP A. Well there was this boy minding us once.

OTHER TWO SHEEP.  Bags being the boy! Bags being the boy!

SHEEP B. You were boy the last time.

SHEEP C. No fair, the boy’s the best part. I’m tired a being the villager. (To A) Why don’t you be the villager.

SHEEP A. Well someone’s gota be sheep, besides, I am the narrator. (To C ) Now go on, get over there and pretend to be asleep.

SHEEP C. (Going reluctantly) Oh alright….

HARE. Can ye please get on with it?

SHEEP A. This boy was sent to mind us. There used to be ten of us then. I don’t think the boy was cut out for the job.

SHEEP B. So any way, I’ll be the boy and ye be the sheep.

SHEEP A. I am a sheep.

SHEEP B. Yeah except now in the game ye’re sheep pretending to be sheep.

HARE. I’m not a sheep.

SHEEP A. Yeah, what are you.

HARE. I’m a hare.

SHEEP A. Well then you’re a hare pretending to be a sheep.

HARE. Excellent this is best fun. Its almost as much fun as racing. So what happened any way?

SHEEP A. Any way, this boy was minding us and he wasn’t really up to the job.

SHEEP B. Oh Boys and Girls, the boring snore of it. Cant take much more of it. Much prefer to be at home playing with my Nintendo wii. Or having a cup of tea. Watching the TV.

But sheep! Who invented them? Whose idea were they. Even if I was minding dogs or fish or hippopotamuses or something, well that ud be some fun, But sheep!

I could make a computer game about sheep. It would be called Baah. It would be the most boring computer game ever….

Unless of course …. Now there’s an idea…. unless of course there was a wolf in it. Wolf…. Wolf! (He begins to shout.)

SHEEP B. Wolf Wolf!

SHEEP A AND HARE.  Ba Ba

SHEEP B. Woolf Wolf

SHEEP A AND HARE. Ba ba.

SHEEP B. Woolf

A AND HARE. Ba

SHEEP B. Wolf Wolf

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP C. What where, what what, Where where,

A AND HARE. Ba ba.

SHEEP B. He was here, he was there, He was every where. He really was, I swear

A AND HARE. Ba ba.

SHEEP B. Big as a tree,
Wild as the sea.
Made me say a prayer.

A AND HARE. Ba Ba

SHEEP C. I see no wolf no where

A AND HARE. Ba Ba

SHEEP B. But he was.

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP B. He was there

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP B. Just there.

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP B. I swear

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP C. Just now, Just there, He was you say.

SHEEP B. He really was, I swear

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP B. Made me kneel and pray

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP C. Made you kneel and pray you say.

SHEEP B. Realy was a scare….

A AND HARE.Baaaaaaaahhhhhh!

SHEEP B. Oh man, that was the best fun ever. ‘Wolf’ say’s I ‘Where where’ says the villager, ‘Baah’ Says the sheep. ‘I see no wolf’ says the villager. ‘But he was here, there, prayer scare me hair’ says I. ‘Goodbye’ says the villager. ‘Baah’ says the sheep. Excellent. There must be at least two hours gone. (Looks at his watch) oh no, only ten minutes. Ten minutes.

Back to boring old snoresville. (Remembering) Here, there, prayer, scare me hair….(he laughs)….What time… only ten seconds gone…. Hey sheep. Let’s play a game. …. We could play I spy. I spy with my little eye, something beginning with W.

SHEEP. Baah.

SHEEP B. No. Not Baah. Baah begins with a b, not w and besides there is no such thing as a baah. . So, something beginning with w.

SHEEP. Looking at him….

SHEEP B. Give up…. Ok, its Wool Wool?. Wolf ! Wolf.

SHEEP B. Wolf  Wolf

A AND HARE. Ba Ba

SHEEP B. Woolf Wolf

A AND HARE. Ba ba.

SHEEP B. Woolf

A AND HARE. Ba

SHEEP B. Wolf Wolf

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP C. Again with the wolf , Where where,

A AND HARE. Ba ba.

SHEEP B. I swear he was here,  he was there.

A AND HARE. Ba ba.

SHEEP C. Where exactly where.

SHEEP B. As big as the Night
An ocean of right
I knelt and said a prayer.

A AND HARE. Ba Ba

SHEEP C. I see no wolf no where

A AND HARE. Ba Ba

SHEEP B. But he was.

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP B. He was there

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP B. Just there.

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP B. I swear

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP C. He really was just there you say.

SHEEP B. He really was, I swear

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP B. Made me kneel and pray

A AND HARE. Ba Ba.

SHEEP C. Made you kneel and pray you say.

SHEEP B. Realy was a scare….

A AND HARE.Baaaaaaaahhhhhh!

SHEEP B. Oh ho ho Brilliant. Brilliant. Wolf says I. Wolf Says I. pie in the sky says himself, me eye. Here he was, there he was, scare in the air he was. Saying a prayer I was.

Except you know what. It came out by accident that time. Didn’t mean it. Stupid I spy and stupid W. Of all the letter to pick, I don’t know what I was thinking. The one that starts Wolf? Yikes… I nearly did it again.

SHEEP. Baah.

SHEEP B. Oh don’t ye be going saying baah when it’s too late.

WOOLF. ( Off)  Howl.

SHEEP B. What was that.

WOOLF. Howl Howl…

SHEEP B. Oh no….

WOOLF. Howl.

SHEEP B. Holy Joe.

WOOLF. Howl Howl

SHEEP. Tis well ye might say Baah.

WOOLF. Howl.

SHEEP B. Wolf! (Quietly)

WOOLF. Howl.

SHEEP. Bah Bah.

SHEEP B. Wolf!

WOOLF. Howl.

SHEEP. Bah Bah Bah.

Song. “Third Time Unlucky”, sung by two sheep and hare. All except Sheep C.

Third time unlucky
The Villager is sleeping.
Heard it all before.
Third time unlucky
Your time has come for weeping.
He’ll help you no more.

SHEEP B. Fool, Fool. I feel like such a fool.
Fool Fool, I feel like such a fool.

Third time unlucky
You’ve wasted all your chances, now you have no friends.
Third Time unlucky
The hungry wolf advances,
Some sheep’s life will end.

SHEEP B. Fool, Fool, I feel like such a fool.
ALL THREE. Fool Fool. You really are a fool.

Keywords: sheep, wolf

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