Summary: A sketch exploring issues of exclusion. Uses a mix of puppet and live action.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 5min.
Scripture: based around Matthew 15: 21-28
Actors: 1 Puppet and 5M/F
[The scene is a line of 3 seats in front of the puppet screen and to the left there is a table with two chairs, where the doctor and patient 1 sit. Patients 2 & 3 are already seated in the waiting area. The puppet then appears above the screen and positions herself “behind” patient 3. The doctor scribbles a prescription which he hands to patient 1 who exits]
[Patient 2 gets up and goes to the table. Patient 3 and the puppet move up. While the Doctor is speaking (in whispers) to Patient 2, patient 4 arrives hobbling on a crutch and plonks himself in the next chair. He doesn’t notice the puppet. The doctor scribbles a prescription which he hands to patient 2, who exits.]
Doctor: Who’s next?
[Patient 3 gets up and goes to the table. Patient 4 and the puppet move up, but the likelihood of a problem is beginning to become apparent as patient 4 puts himself in the seat closest to the doctor and the puppet begins to glance anxiously and position herself closer to the doctor. The doctor scribbles a prescription which he hands to patient 3, who exits.]
Doctor: Next please. [This time the doctor is looking up at the patients so sees what happens.]
[Patient 4 and the puppet both move towards the doctor, and then see each other.]
Doctor: I’m sorry sir, I think this lady is next. I will see you as quickly as I can.
Patient 4: [angrily] What?! You’re seeing that thing before me?
Doctor: Yes, that’s right sir. She is next in the queue and she isn’t a thing
Patient 4: [explodes] But…but, it’s not one of us – it’s different.
Doctor: I don’t see why that should be a problem, sir. We are all different and if she needs medical attention it is my job to provide it.
Patient 4: [apoplectic] But…this is outrageous! It’s just a puppet – a load of old rags and stuffing. It shouldn’t be here at all.
Puppet: [attempting to handbag him] I am NOT a load of old rags and stuffing and I’ll mind you to be a bit more respectful, young man.
Patient 4: But you are a puppet, which means you’re not one of us and you have no right to be taking my place in the doctor’s queue.
Doctor: Now, now.
Patient 4: [interrupts] Alien weirdo.
[The puppet throws her arms up in horror!]
Doctor: PLEASE! – just calm down everybody. I am seeing this lady first and you will just have to wait your turn, and that is all there is too it.
[Doctor and puppet exit.]
Patient 4: [sits down and mutters to self] Humph…What is this world coming to…it shouldn’t be allowed…though maybe I did go too far in calling her a load of old rags and stuffing.
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