Here are three short skits that could be done individually or slotted in amongst other items of a show.
1 - The Commercial Break: This has a little song - download it.
All you need is a decorated cardboard box filled with
confetti or the like.
I'd like to interest you in this product. (Holding up box)
It's nothing new.
But it's tried and true.
It's just for you.
Having tried it once you'll wonder how you ever got along without it. And the amazing thing about it ..
No! It's not amazing it's almost miraculous ...
It's available anytime.
All that it takes is a little intention, a smidgen of effort and - hey presto! you've got it.
That's right folks, it's metta, natures very own heart cleanser.
Metta - that's loving kindness. It contains absolutely no Dukkha.
No artificial additives.
No added sugar.
It's 100% totally pure ... and it works.
So, when: [this is the song - download the sheet music]
Sadness worry gloom and hurt,
Stain the heart like grime and dirt
With a heart of pain and woe
A little metta will make it go
If your skies are dull and grey
Roll those Dukkha clouds away
Wash with metta and you'll see
A happy heart that's clean and free!
Who me sir?
Yes, you sir. How do you feel right now?
Oh no! really terrible. I just failed maths, my dog died last week and my budgie wants to be a rock musician.
Hey, that's really bad.
That's Dukkha with a capital D for depression. I'll never be happy again.
We have here (display box)
Just the thing for you.
I'll try anything.
[Calls out] Assistants!
[to the audience - song sheet or words in programme] Hey! this guy really needs your help.
Metta is much more effective when more people are administering it.
Come on - sing with us now. [more confetti and rubbing]
So, how do you feel now?
Really great! Amazing.
That's not amazing that's miraculous.
That's not miraculous that's [all] ..... METTA! [sing again?]
You need two identical buckets - one filled with water,
the other with confetti.
Metta is also available in the easily applied liquid form [splash a little by hand]
You may think that this will dampen the spirits but it will in fact cleanse the heart.
The wonderful thing about this method is that one application covers a whole range of problems - and people. [wild sweeping gestures - more splashing]
[to audience] I sense some doubt and hesitation on your
[steps back and makes as if to throw, hesitates, stops,
turns and says]
Of course they need it. Look at them - there's Dukkha smudges all over every face.
OK then [steps back further as if to run and throw - hesitates
You'll be doing them a favour
[goes off stage, comes vigorously running on, almost throws,
repeat hesitation [this whole business can be really hammed up if there
is the space and the actors can carry it]
[from side stage] Yeah! go on! do it. Dump it on them. Go for it!
OK! I'll do it. [goes off stage, swaps buckets and throws confetti - it can have sweets mixed in with it] [sing the song?]