Summary: Two friends debate the meaning of life (or not). Originally written as an intro to a Year 10 lesson where Religious Education tends to become more philosophy, this sketch can be used in a variety of settings. Done in the style of British comedy duo Peter Cook and Dudley Moore.
Style: Light-hearted. Duartion: 6min
Characters: Pete, Andy
(Andy reading book)
Pete: You know you can’t help wondering, Andy.
Andy: (Annoyed at interruption) Oh yeah. Wondering. Know what you mean…. About what, Pete?
Pete: You know, what’s it all about.
Andy: Err… well since you ask (showing book) the history of Swindon Town Football Club. All the great moments. Fairly shortish book as it happens.
Pete: What? What are you raving about? What’s Swindon Town got to do with it?
Andy: You asked me what the book was about.
Pete: Not the book, you fool. I’m asking what’s it all about. It’s one of the big questions of philosophy.
Andy: Oh well you’ve come to the right man then. I used to be into stamp collecting in a big way when I was a kid. Always my ambition to get a penny black or a penny magenta.
Pete: What? What are you raving about?
Andy: Like you said. Philosophy. Stamp collecting.
Pete: Philosophy, you idiot. Not philately.
Andy: Philately. What’s that?
Pete: Stamp collecting. Your hobby. Remember.
Andy: So that’s what it’s called. I always wondered. …..some of my friends think it’s a hobby for billy- no- friends. They think that’s why I do it.
Pete: They might have a point.
Andy: Is that why they say philately will get you nowhere?
Pete: What? I really do despair of you sometimes. That’s flattery will get you nowhere. And why are we talking about you and stamp collecting anyway. I’m talking about philosophy.
Andy: Oh right. And that would be what?
Pete: What’s it all about.
Andy: Yeah, well that was what I was asking you. What’s it all about?
Pete: No, no. That’s philosophy. It is enquiry as to the nature of things, the purpose of life. In short, what’s it about?
Andy: Oh right.
Pete: It has occupied the greatest minds for thousands of years. Your Aristotle, your Plato, your …your..
Pete: It’s Sophocles, you fool.
Andy: I knew that. Him too.
Pete: Well, they all pondered the great questions of life. What’s it all about? Where did I come from. Where am I going?
Andy: Look at your train ticket.
Andy: Look at your train ticket. Look - it’s on there. Where you’ve come from… where you’re going to. See: London-Salisbury..return.
Pete: I don’t mean transportation wise. I mean in general. In life. What is the purpose?
Andy: Very similar, I imagine. You’ve come from somewhere.
Pete: Like London.
Andy: Or from somewhere else…And you’re going somewhere.
Pete: Oh right. ‘Xcept there’s no return…
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