Is there such a thing as a perfect society? The trouble is, everyone is different, but surely that's a good thing as long as we can all get along. Here are five scenarios about the difficulty of trying to behave perfectly when everyone wants to get their own way.
'A thoughtful school musical that is lots of fun to perform, dealing with inclusion and tolerance.'
Ages: 8 - 13
Performance time: 45 - 60 mins
Character Parts: 20+
This is a series of five sketches on the theme of Perfect Worlds. Each scene stands alone and they can be performed in any order – and if necessary, some of the sketches can be omitted. The actors can be allowed to improvise or extend the sketches if appropriate. Each section is followed by a song. In the first sketch, A New Eden, a man explains to two young children that where they stand will make the perfect world - a world where everyone can be equal and nobody feels worse off than anybody else. The children asks questions about whether the type of animals they will be allowed to keep will have the same rights. As the scene progresses, it turns out that not everyone will be as equal as first thought. (Everybody’s Welcome) In the next sketch, a young girl enters a kind of joke shop and is sold a magic finger by the shopkeeper. Whatever she points it at, her wish comes true, but the girl decides to wish herself the most beautiful girl in the world and only wear the most expensive clothes. Unfortunately for her the finger runs out of power the more she abuses its usefulness. (The Girl with the Magic Finger). The third sketch sees three women discussing the glory and charisma of the Emperor as he walks past in the parade, but when he chooses to ignore them, they soon change their opinion of him. (The Price of Peace) In scene four, when three children decide to build a sandcastle, their hierarchical order soon becomes apparent when one child starts giving out the orders (Castles on the Sand) Finally, two aliens discuss their observations of 'Planet Earthies' and send a disturbing report to us all (Perfect Worlds)