King Arthur’s Round Table

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

THE GREENE MAN

SIR M.

OLD MOTHER NATURE

JULIUS, A ROMAN SOLDIER

AARON, A ROMAN SOLDIER

LADY NEMESIS, A GODDESS

MERLIN

KING ARTHUR

GUINEVERE

ROMEO

JULIET

There should be a minimum of twelve MUMMERS for this play.

(Enter a troupe of masked MUMMERS with small drums, percussion instruments, two large metal watering cans and any odd instrument that can make a noise. They stand in a circle, while two MUMMERS lay two large pieces of green cloth on the floor of the acting area. OLD MOTHER NATURE pretends to be asleep between the cloths.)

THE GREENE MAN: (Stepping forward to address the audience)

Good morning or good afternoon,

What e’re the time of day.

I’ll wake Old Mother Nature up,

So you can watch the play.

OLD MOTHER NATURE:

Go away Greene Man, just let me sleep,

The year has just begun.

I’m still too tired to race around

And join in your merry fun.

THE GREENE MAN: (Pretending to wake OLD MOTHER NATURE with a watering can)

It is too late to cry and moan,

You have yourself to blame.

You’ve already slept too many weeks

Wish I could do the same!

OLD MOTHER NATURE: (Wriggling between the cloths)

Oh, hide your eyes, I’m quite undressed,

You’ve caught me in the nu…

I cannot finish that last line,

Because it is quite rude! (This verse can be repeated for comic effect)

(The Mummers gather round OLD MOTHER NATURE, adjust her costume by decorating her with foliage and flowers and then replace the cloths on the floor)

SIR M: (Addressing the audience)

So Ladies and Gents I am Sir M,

We’re now ready and quite able

To introduce our play today,

Behold ‘King Arthur’s Table’.

(Mummers kneel on the ground trying to be as small as possible)

JULIUS: (Steps forward)

From Rome, I Julius, have traveled far

To build a high walled fort.

But having seen these two perform, (Moves towards AARON)

Aaron, I hope our visit’s short.

AARON: ( Holding JULIUS by the arm)

Oh no, we won’t leave here that soon,

We both have a job to do.

So mate, let’s raise these mighty walls

Before the air turns blue.

ROMAN SOLDIERS (As AARON says these lines the Mummers gradually rise as the SOLDIERS walk around the outside of their circle)

JULIUS: Stone upon stone, stone upon stone,

AARON: Just look what we have built.

JULIUS: A large theatre in the round,

AARON: Now we’ll have some sport.

THE GREENE MAN: (Patting both SOLDIERS on the back)

Roll up, roll up, it’s time to see

What’s on in our own Coliseum.

Fights, dramas and lots of gore

Plenty of thrills, come and see’um.

(ALL the MUMMERS join in OTT fighting until they have killed each other dramatically.)

LADY NEMESIS: (Walks over the bodies looking for footwear and eventually The Greene Man directs her into the audience)

Who-ever has stolen this matching boot

There’s a blood curse on that fella.

THE GREEN MAN:

Wander about and see if it fits

But remember, he ain’t Cinderella!

OLD MOTHER NATURE: (Waters all the Mummers who rise up again into a circle and then she points and beckons Merlin)

Come close, my friend,

Let’s see your magic wand perform. (She strokes his wand)

So our play will have an end.

MERLIN: (Bowing before OLD MOTHER NATURE)

I will dear lady, but time moves on,

King Arthur and his knights await

To make plans around this table

To fight the enemies at the gate.

(Again at the point the Mummers fight until they are all dead on the floor)

OLD MOTHER NATURE:

I think he’s rather handsome,

But whoa, here’s one I fear.

THE GREENE MAN:

So stop trying to chat him up

In front of Lady Guinevere.

GUINEVERE: (Now it is her turn to water all the Mummers who rise up to admire her beauty and then stand in a circle)

Take him if you want him. (Pointing to Old Mother Nature)

And the whole of Camelot. (Pointing to the Mummers)

See the second from the King,

Eyes off, he’s my Sir Launcelot.

(The Greene Man and Old Mother Nature stand on the cloths while the Mummers bend forward and join in a circle around them forming a crinoline-type skirt into which The Green Man and Old Mother Nature sink))

THE GREEN MAN:

So onwards into history,

Below great mounds of earth,

Our table lies forgotten

Awaiting its re-birth.

OLD MOTHER NATURE:

Forgotten and unwanted (Sighs from the Mummers as they sink to their knees)

The wonder of a bygone age.

Parts were soon re-cycled

To build Caerleon village.

SIR M: (As he speaks, Merlin begins to water the Mummers who slowly stand to full height to reveal Romeo and Juliet)

But one more spell before I go

Will see it born anew,

A centre of entertainment

And even Shakespeare too!

ROMEO:

Ah, sweet Juliet. (Points to the newly formed Mummers’ circle)

Look the stage is set.

Let’s add more to this fable

Join me and others who before

Have dined at Arthur’s table.

JULIET: Oh, dearest Romeo

Wild animals, combats and military skills (At this point the Mummers begin to fight again)

Now give way to gentler acts.(Romeo and Juliet threaten the Mummers with watering cans and they re-form their circle)

Now give way to gentler acts (line is repeated by Juliet)

So please forgive Romeo and I

For mixing fiction with facts.

MUMMERS:

Lights, camera, ACTION…

OLD MOTHER NATURE:

May I interlope

When films are shown here

Is this my best side

For cinemascope? (Negative reaction from the Mummers)

THE GREENE MAN:

To all who have enjoyed

Being served at Arthur’s Table.

Alas, there is a bill to pay,

But I’m sure you’ll all be able.

OLD MOTHER NATURE:

Our friends will now among you walk,

Perchance your arm to bend,

To give to a worthy charity as

We all declare…

ENTIRE COMPANY:

The End.

(Cast wander among the audience)

 

 

 

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