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Nov 10, 2015

Compassionisation

Brief: A 5-minute drama on the topic of Compassion.
Written: Scott Wegener and the Edinburgh College drama class (a variation of Compassion Flakes)


Performance: Edinburgh College Arts Evening - November 10, 2015 
Compassion = sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others


~Narrator: Once upon a time there was a boy who, no matter what bad things happened to people around him, wouldn't show any compassion... to anyone. In fact, he was the opposite of compassion!
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Someone could fall over.

Jessie: [falls over]

~Narrator: He wouldn't help, he would ...laugh.

Cameron:  (Laughs)
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~Narrator: He could find out a friend’s pet had died

Jessie: My cat, Fluffy, got hit by a car yesterday.

~Narrator: He wouldn't speak kindly, he would... Make fun.

Cameron:  Doesn't surprise me - Fluffy as the dumbest cat I know. Dumbest name for a cat with no hair too

Jessie: She had cancer

Cameron:  What are you sooking about then, it was going to die anyway!
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~Narrator: He might see someone being bullied 

Jessie: [to imaginary bullies] HEY, give me my lunch back!

~Narrator: He wouldn't step in and help, he would... join in the bullying.

Cameron:  Hahaha, got your lunch stolen, AGAIN!
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~Narrator: If there was a story on the TV about thousands of people hurt and homeless from an earthquake, he wouldn't care, he would... change the channel..... 

Cameron:  (Changes the channel)

 ~Narrator: to watch a game of football ... 

Cameron:  Hey, football!

~Narrator: Between two teams he didn't even like.

Cameron:  I hate these teams... Oh well.
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~Narrator: If he saw a homeless person on the street, he wouldn't give them his change... He'd go to Mc Donald's and eat only half the food he ordered... Throwing out the rest.

Cameron:  (Throws away bag)

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~Narrator: If someone was afraid of flying, 

Cameron:  What's your problem?

Jessie:  I’ve never flown before, not sure I can do this.

~Narrator: he wouldn't encourage them, he'd.... try and Scare them.

Cameron:  Yep I think we will die, I saw one of the wings had a big crack in it... But what can we do, the seat belt sign's on, you'll
Make the plane crash if you take your seatbelt off now anyway.... (Hehehe)
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~Narrator: If he knew someone had their girlfriend break up with them, 

Breakup 1: It’s over

Breakup 2: But... I love you!!

~Narrator: he wouldn't comfort them, he would ... Tease them.

Cameron:  Haha, you're all alone again!
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~Narrator: If an elderly person got on a bus and there were no seats, 

Jessie: [walks up to chairs]

~Narrator: he would never move over.

Cameron:  (Spreads out)
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~Narrator: If he knew someone who was embarrassed about their body, he wouldn't ignore it, but... make fun of it.

Cameron:  Wow your chin is really, really, REALLY big!
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~Narrator: If someone performed a musical item and they made a mistake, 

Jessie: [plays item makes mistake]

~Narrator: He wouldn't ignore the error, he would tell everyone around him about the mistake.

Cameron:  Did you hear that mistake, yeah terrible player, what about you, did you hear he mistake...
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~Narrator: It seemed, No matter what misfortune happened to others around him - he NEVER showed any compassion to anyone, UNTIL ...

One day the boy went to a doctor for an annual check-up.
The doctor was running very late, which annoyed the uncompassionate.

Cameron:  What’s taking you so long!

~Narrator:  Said the boy. And the doctor proceeded to tell him about the bad news he had to tell his previous patient.

Cameron:  That’s no excuse!

~Narrator:  Said the boy.

Cameron:  I’m not dying and I’m in a hurry to go play my Xbox.

~Narrator:  The Doctor was shocked at his lack of compassion. In fact He’d never seen such a bad case in the years he’d been practicing medicine – other than on Youtube.

So the Doctor got out a compassion vaccine and, while distracting the boy by pointing out someone else’s misfortune, he quickly injected the man without him even knowing.
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~Narrator:  The next morning, while watching the morning news the boy noticed something strange happening.
He was feeling sorry for the people who were homeless from the earthquake! He actually wanted to find a way to help them, and one of his eyes even started to cry a little!
It seemed this boy now had compassion!
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~Narrator:  From that day on, If he saw someone fall over,

Jessie: [falls over]

~Narrator: He wouldn't laugh he would ...help.

Cameron:  (Helps)
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~Narrator: If a friend's pet had died, he would speak...kindly,

Cameron:  I'm sorry to hear about your pet!
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~Narrator: If he saw someone being bullied He would...  be a friend.

Cameron:  Got your lunch stolen again? Want some of mine.
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~Narrator: If he saw a homeless person on the street... he would give them his change.

Cameron:  (Gives change)
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~Narrator: If someone was afraid of flying, He would... encourage them.

Cameron:  We'll be fine - I fly all the time!
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~Narrator: If he knew someone had their girlfriend break up with them, he would ... comfort them

Cameron:  Mate we should go play some basketball, help you take your mind off her.
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~Narrator: If an elderly person got on a bus and there were no seats, he would ... stand and offer his seat

Cameron:  (Stands )
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~Narrator: If he knew someone who was embarrassed about their body, he would ignore it.

Cameron:  (notices a BIG chin, but says) Umm, how about the weather!
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~Narrator: If someone performed a musical item and they made a mistake, he would  ... ignore the error and encourage them

Cameron:  Nice item! Well done.
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~Narrator: In fact, with his life filled with compassion, he was now one of the nicest people you'll ever meet.

Fortunately, you CAN choose to be compassionate all by yourself, without the need of a mysterious  injection.

And I think we all agree, if everyone was compassionate, what a better world it would be to live in! (drop script on ground)

Cameron:  Haha, you drop your script.

[Narrator gives a disappointed glare to Cameron.

Doctor comes out, jabs Cameron again.]

Cameron:  Well done. Well read. Give her a round of apploause everone.

[All walk off stage.]
 

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