Serious, by Ken Bradbury, 2011

A special-needs girl visits a school and causes a disturbance.

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8 - 10 minutes

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An excerpt …

(Molly is visiting)

GINA: (entering) Come on in, Molly. This is the school. Come on. It’s okay.  (taking Molly’s hand and bringing her into the area) Come on, Molly. It’s really okay. (Molly, a special needs child, enters, timidly) This is where I go to school …


GINA: Yes it is. This is where I go to school. It’s not your school, Molly. This is Gina’s school.

MOLLY: Not Molly’s.

GINA: No … yours is a different kind of school. This is where I go. It’s just one day, Molly. You’ll be okay.

KAREN: (entering) Gina!

GINA: Hi, Karen.

KAREN: Who’s …

GINA: My cousin Molly. She’s … you know …

KAREN: Hi, Molly.

MOLLY: Not my school.


(Molly makes a scene.)

GINA: Please Molly! (but someone else has entered the hallway. Gina stops and looks but Molly continues to dance) Huh? Look, I’m sorry. What? We’re dancing.  Permission? I hadn’t gotten to the office yet and … Molly, please! (but Molly continues, shouting over her) Molly! (to the other person) I can’t … I mean, she won’t … she’s … She’s my cousin and this isn’t her school and … (in tears) Molly, please! You’re getting us in trouble!

KAREN: (entering with Rene) What’s all the ...?

RENE: The principal.

GINA: Mrs. Wade, I’m really sorry. Molly, please stop. (to the principal) What? I can’t get a detention for this! It wasn’t my fault! (grabbing Molly so firmly that she stops, confused) Molly!  Really! (to principal) It wasn’t my fault! This isn’t fair! It wasn’t my …

KAREN: My fault.

GINA: Huh?

KAREN: The dance.

GINA: What are …?

KAREN: (nudging Rene) The dance?

RENE: For English!


RENE: We had to come up with this dance to show how the new music is just a modern version of Shakespeare’s sonnets and we’re supposed to demonstrate it to the class so we brought in Gina’s cousin Molly …

MOLLY: Not my school.

RENE: … who comes from a different school where they study more Shakespeare and she was just showing us a project she was doing for her Advanced Studies course.


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