Our Teacher, Ubayetha! by Lereko Mfono

Scene 1
An alien space ship lands at a primary school in Johannesburg, South Africa. The whole school steps out to witness this rarity. UBAYETHA, 11, steps out of the ship.

PRINCIPAL:
Everybody step away, step away, I will get to the bottom of this
Principal, with great hesitation, steps closer to the ship to talk to Ubayetha
Hi there, what is your name?

UBAYETHA:
My-Name-Is-Ubayetha

PRINCIPAL:
Ubayetha, why are you here?

UBAYETHA:
Poetry-Here-To-Collect-Poem-For-Our-Planet

PRINCIPAL:
What is this poem meant to do for your planet?

UBAYETHA:
Many-In-Our-Planet-Need-It

PRINCIPAL:
Okay Ubayetha, let me speak to my teachers here and see if we can help.
Scene 2
In the Staff room Principal meets with teachers…

PRINCIPAL:
Okay, so I need us to talk about this, what do we do, this alien girl wants poetry from us, what do we do?

TEACHER 1:
This does not make sense, why a poem? What are they going to do with it where she comes from?

TEACHER 2:
Wait, where does she come from?

Enter student

STUDENT:
Sorry Sir, the alien girl who got off the space ship is in class now, she is seated and says she also a student now of the school

PRINCIPAL:
Great, maybe we can learn more about her that way

Scene 3
In the classroom…

TEACHER 3:
Okay class what have you learnt today?

LEARNERS:
We have learnt that there are 9 provinces in South Africa

TEACHER 3:
Great, now kids we have someone new in our class, Ubayetha. Ubayetha can you come here in the front and draw for us the planet where you come from?

Learners excitedly clap their hands in anticipation.
Ubayetha is given a chalk to draw on the board, she begins to chew on it…

TEACHER 3:
Uhh Ubayetha that’s chalk, you don’t eat it, you write or draw using it on this board here

UBAYETHA:
Is-This-What-You-Use-To-Write-My-Poem?
TEACHER 3:
We could Ubayetha yes certainly

Ubayetha draws a picture of her planet,a symbolic image of tears, blood, and anguish.

TEACHER 3:
Is that where you come from Ubayetha?

UBAYETHA:
Yes

TEACHER 3:
And you think a poem can somehow change your planet?

UBAYETHA:
I-Think-Our-Planet-needs -It

Scene 4
Principal and Ubayetha are together…

PRINCIPAL:
Well Ubayetha I called you in today because your teacher told me you are leaving soon?

UBAYETHA:
I-Am-Going-Home
PRINCIPAL:
We thought you were happy here

UBAYETHA:
I-Am-Happy-But-My-Planet-Is-Not-Happy-They-Need-My-Help-Now

PRINCIPAL:
The poem?

UBAYETHA:
Yes

PRINCIPAL:
Where is it, did your teacher finally write it for you?

UBAYETHA:
No-But-I-Have-It

PRINCIPAL:
Where is it?

UBAYETHA:
It-Is-Here

Ubayetha points to her heart. She takes out a pack of chalk
UBAYETHA:
Can-I-Leave-With-This?

PRINCIPAL:
Of course Ubayetha, of course, why chalk though?

UBAYETHA:
My-Planet-Never-Listens-To-Children-But-Will-Listen-To-Teachers-I-Will-Go-There-And-Teach.

Next Day Ubayetha thanks the school, boards her ship and takes off to her planet…

THE END.


Lereko Mfono is an award winning multi-faceted writer, actor from South Africa. Has taken part in Kennedy centre’s New Visions/New Voices Festival and very passionate about Theatre for young audiences.