This is a short little play I wrote for a school assignment and it was a great hit.. It’s a small one and perhaps my first actual ‘play’.. Hope you like it! It is about the ill effects of war
WAR IS FUTILE
Soldier 1, Soldier 2, Soldier 3 – enemy side
Soldier 4, Soldier 5 – the other side
(In the borders, fighting in the frontline)
S1: It’s Christmas and I’m stuck here with another soldier in a trench – if you may call it that. Infested with vermin, hands and legs of the dead strewn around and the blood flowing like water
S2: Ah! Wonderful were those bygone days when Christmas meant staying at home with family, making merry.
S3: You think we will ever get to live those days again?
S2: Not till this bloody war is going on.. Not till these bloodthirsty, selfish, greedy politicians thrive and don’t mind the bloodshed to satisfy their vested interests.
S1: Yes.. For someone’s greed, we must suffer. I bet the tyrant who caused this war is having a jolly time with his family.
S3: I bet you’re right.. I’m sure our good friends….-enemies I mean!! on the other side are going through the same.
S1: yes.. After all, even they’re human.. (Silence..in deep thought) The shelling has been less today you think?!
S2: A Christmas gift I guess!!
S1: Hmm.. A pretty good one..
S3: How about some dinner?
S1: You mean substandard beans cooked and stored in sub-standard conditions!? (Sarcastically) sure..! Why not? After all, it’s Christmas people..!
S2: I will just go over and get it..
( S2 goes up the trench to get the food, near the enemy lines.. There, he finds a wrapped parcel.. There’s a note attached to it)
S2: Hey! What’s this? A surprise package from the enemy??
S1: Be careful! It might be anything… A bomb perhaps..
( S4 and S5 emerge from the other side of the border)
S4: For the love of Jesus, don’t doubt us on Christmas Day.. It’s a gift!! From us..
S5: Please read the note we wrote you…
S1: (reading the note) We live not knowing our last moment
At our state, we can do nothing but lament
So, let this be the beginning of a new friendship
In this world where there is no hope for kinship.
S3: That’s just.. Wonderful!! Perfect!
(Opens the package)
S2: A bottle of clean water! When was the last time we saw this?! That’s such a wonderful Christmas gift..
S3: What do we give in return??
S2: I have an idea.. Here are a few dates and nuts in my pocket..
( gives the nuts to S4)
S4: Thank you.. This day, let us forget that we are enemies .. We’re enemies only because we are forced by someone.
S5: Just for this day, let us give up our fight and talk through the night, celebrating the true spirit of Christmas!
(The soldiers cross borders and hug each other.. General small talk)
S4: I’d like to say something (raises the water bottle, as if proposing a toast) To all the families who are a part of this war.. People on the battlefield aren’t just the ones who are fighting.. All people linked to him are a part of this bloody struggle… Struggle for what? I cannot say. To all the countless men who have laid down their lives and fought bravely, not thinking twice.
S5: To these two countries, endowed with the best.. And to the sad plight of these two countries who are trying their best to wreck all their endowments.
S 1,2 and 3: This is the best Christmas ever!!
S5: Can’t say I disagree.. The sun seems to be waking up… Time to bid adieu, my friends..
S 1,2 and 3: Bye..! Thanks for a wonderful Christmas!
(They turn to leave , but S5 has something to say)
S5: Wait.. Stop..! ( S1,2 and 3 turn back)
We revert back to enemies once we cross the line.. So, don’t be surprised if it’s my bullet that kills you tomorrow.
( All leave, in sorrow and deep thought)
War wrecks the soul
It defeats the very purpose of human existence
It keeps friends away
It makes life miserable for everyone
Well.. That’s it! Hope you liked it and got the message of the play!
Deek 🙂 😀