Extract From Rats
THE PIED PIPER APPEARS IN THE MAYOR'S DREAM AND PLAYS HIS PIPE
Who are you? What do you want with my people? Are you a demon or an angel?
I am both. I am whatever your actions make me! I can make your life a heaven or a hell.
I don't need you – you aren't one of us, not one of the villagers of Hamlin. You're a stranger.
You will come to know me soon enough.
Get out of here! Leave me alone!
HE WAKES UP SHOUTING THE CHILDREN ARE SCARED AND RUN OFF
– THEY RUN INTO THE PIED PIPER, HE HUGS THEM AND THEN BEGINS
TO PLAY HIS PIPE. IT MAKES THEM SKIP AND THEY SING – RING A RING
A ROSES, SWIRLING IN A CIRCLE WITH THE PIPER UNTIL IT BREAKS AND
THEY SPIN OFF IN DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
THE MAYORESS ENTERS, SEARCHING AROUND THE STAGE
I’ll find you – you pests! Think you can eat all our best cheese and get away with it! And I put
a fresh loaf on the table this morning. No-one else has been in the kitchen. So I know it’s you! Come on – show yourselves! There you are!
SHE PULLS ONE OF THE ACRORATS OUT BY THE TAIL. THE OTHER ACRORATS
APPEAR AND THEN FOLLOWS A SEQUENCE WITH THEM TUMBLING AND
JUMPING ETC. TO AVOID THE MAYORESS’S WOODEN SPOON.
THEY COULD BE THROWING THE LOAF OVER HER HEAD FROM ONE
TO ANOTHER.THE ACRORATS SHARE OUT THE FOOD WHILST WARMING UP
FOR THEIR ACT
I love a ripe cheese –
with veins like the back of Grandad’s knees
After dinner cheese, scraped out of the council's vats
Their fault for being careless, feckless and fat
Mmmm salted sprats! Can't get enough of a salted sprat!
A nourishing meal for a young acrorat.
Think I deserve a nice salted sprat!
Not enough eating, too much chat.
Just pass em round you greedy prat!
I've fought 3 dogs and killed 2 cats.
To win you all those salted sprats.
I left rich pickings in the fireside mat
When I saw the size of the mayor's trap!
Nothing more off-putting than the thought of that!
THEY ALL LAUGH AND THEN GREEDILY BEGIN TO EAT – THEY THEN HEAR
PEOPLE COMING AND HIDE