THE DESCRIPTION (script)

THE DESCRIPTION (script)

SCENE ONE

 

Ext. Two friends [SALOPE] and [THEBETI] quietly sit in the living room assumingly engaging in a not-so seemingly heated debate

 

LIGHTS ON (CONTEMPORARY AFRICAN MUSIC, PLAYS IN THE BACKGROUND THEN RECEDES GRADUALLY)

SALOPE a proud and recently graduated college student turned rapper, casually dressed, sits up straight with words passionately flowing from his mouth.

THEBETI an upcoming comedian and SALOPE’s roommate, eloquently dressed, calmly listens

 

SALOPE:

Let me be clear, how can there be progress without common sense? Most people do not care to use their brains anymore, everybody wants what is his or hers……but refuse to plan

THEBETI:

You can’t blame them really, I mean…it’s not their fault……..

SALOPE (INTERRUPTS)

HOW?

 

 

THEBETI:

You cannot……..just…like that…… place all the issues that were caused by the so called suits and ties on the masses, it’s unfair on those that choose to serve these big-headed execs.

SALOPE (QUICKLY INTERJECTS)

Interesting, so you’re telling that if some random guy scams you out of your money, the fault solely rests ON the scammer. Is that what you’re telling me?

THEBETI (Continued):

We live ourselves to survive in this country, most of us will do anything to survive. That is the reality here…….even you…

SALOPE:

So SALOPE, does that mean I should not use my brain in times of trouble?

THEBETI:

Typical of you;THEBETI, misinterpreting me every time

SALOPE (Laughs):

When all you do is to talk nonsense, words without solid meaning, how I no go interpret, sorry misinterpret

THEBETI (Clearly agitated):

Look, why should I be at fault when I did my best to survive by

SALOPE:

Even if it means you surviving by indicting your fellow country people

THEBETI:

I knew it, you’re still angry with that African that was jailed in Canada all thanks to his supposedly good friend. But be an honest abe, if you were in that situation wetin you for do?

 

SALOPE:

Obviously, use my brain, use my brain wey my creator gave me without receipt

Who told him not to use his common sense? From the start he should have suspected that his friend was no good

SALOPE stands up with a rising objective; unknown.

 

THEBETI:

You still refuse to listen to the full story?

SALOPE:

Is it important or required by the law to hear the full story when I clearly know the summary?

THEBETI (Cont’d):

Yes, it’s by force, like my favorite proverb: Do not kill the butterfly when you have refused to heed to the caterpillars story.

 

SALOPE:

Rubbish, more with your pre-colonial talk

THEBETI:

It’s not pre-colonial.

SALOPE:

Ok, whatever you say Mr. I must include proverbs for everything I say, but before you start, let’s go to that new fast food joint. I’m in a state of depleted hunger and decapitation.

Kai, I be genius ooo, see how I just dey scatta dictionary. On point

THEBETI:

I award you with 2 for grammar, and 0 for having no brain at all.

SALOPE:

Don’t be a Jealous Mister, anyways are you going or not? Talk now, my belly wan tear

THEBETI:

 Sure, but you seriously need to change from your work clothes. You dey smell like beans and oven mess. No wonder that girl for class been pick SERIOUS race when you been yarn her.

SALOPE:

See this guy, I too fine for her, I am a fine young man without pimples or rashes.

THEBETI:

With that kind face, even pimples go fear.

SALOPE:

hahaha funny guy, make I go change before you abuse me finish.

THEBETI:

I was only joking

SALOPE:

 You comedians always think that life is a joke

THEBETI:

Isn’t it…

SALOPE (RUDELY INTERRUPTS):

Okay I don hear tor, you know gats rush me into another of your proverb. Na wa oooo

 THEBETI:

Be fast about it, I have to go to work later tonight

SALOPE:

You and this your comedian job sef

THEBETI:

See who’s talking, isn’t it your job to clean toilet.

SALOPE:

Ok e don do you

THEBETI LAUGHS

SALOPE STARTS walking to his room to shower and change.

THEBETI stands up and walks to his own room.

LIGHT OUT

 

SCENE TWO

 

LIGHT ON

Ext. Sound….. THEBETI voice still can be heard, narrating an event…..

SALOPE AND THEBETI dressed in a mix between traditional and foreign materials. Both sit in restaurant, wiping their mouths after eating.

THEBETI:

Ok the story is one year ago, two Africans in Canada were in a huge fight with two other people, after the fight when the police came as usual, one of the Africans blamed the whole incident on the other one which in turn landed the accused African in wet trouble with the immigration over there.

SALOPE (AGAIN INTERRUPTS):

Ok the accused obviously was light hearted

THEBETI:

How? He didn’t know

SALOPE:

Ever heard of pick your friends wisely, if that accused guy was wise enough, he would have known his friend was not to be trusted, let me tell you this, Cooperation and Unity is non-longer present in this our community, he should’ve known that. Everybody for themselves. Just look at our home country, survival of the absolutely fittest is the trending topic.

THEBETI:

True, but is it his fault for believing in the fundamental values

SALOPE:

Don’t mention mental here, our elites have all squandered those so-called values on greed and luxury, that’s why most of us journey here, for example

SALOPE Still narrating

LIGHT OFF

 

SCENE THREE

LIGHT ON

Four people on Stage

A boy and his friend

A girl and her friend

Ext. The man stands in front of the stage with a Ghana must go bag, dressed in an African attire, stands and looks around as if in a new environment. Happily looking around and talking to his friend

Ext. The curious looking girl stands next to the man seemingly excited

Both boy and girl become aware of each other, both exchange short smiles and turn around to bad-mouth each other to their friends.

 

SALOPE (POINTS TO THE AFRICAN BOY):

Let’s look back at our journey to this land, we came here to a strange land with chattered boats and flights.

Look at this young aspiring African man, happy and excited to be in a different environment. With the world turning around, he leaves everything behind and ventures onto this place. There he is, surviving day by day, he has to in a land not is own.

 

SALOPE (POINTS TO THE AFRICAN GIRL)

Or look at the young beautiful African girl who comes to this land full of fixated ideas, only to find out that the only true diamond is the one up above the world so high.

 

SALOPE:

These two who only recently arrived to this country, will find out that in the land beyond the land of the great waves, there is no place for cooperation or togetherness. This is a no man’s land.

 

THEBETI:

You are so wrong, cooperation is vital. When there is togetherness, cliché or not, there is peace, always my friend.

If these two so-called examples cooperated or co-existed together, living here would be economically easy, no doubt. But since nowadays no one is there for anyone, the road we crave for must be walked selfishly

SALOPE:

There is nothing selfish about walking that road without cooperation from those who always find new ways to tarnish your name, THEBETI you better accept that there is no love for people like us in this land.

THEBETI:

 We have hope, only if we all can come together and reason out our petty differences. We need each other to complement each other and achieve our Ghetto Dreams.

 

SALOPE:

Again! You are a delusional and an optimistic man

THEBETI:

I came here with hope, so by default I am optimistic, same as you

SALOPE:

Don’t assume for me, I have a different path. I am the young Denzel with the way I’ll move through all these scenes called life

THEBETI:

Oh, I forgot you want to be a wannabe-rapper ba? What up blood? What up homie?

SALOPE:

Who told you all rappers are like that?

THEBETI:

Well, how should I know, when you have never free-styled for me

SALOPE:

You never asked for my awesome skills

THEBETI:

Ok, I am asking now

SALOPE:

Ok, grease the floor for me, let me slide into my rage of greatness

THEBETI starts beat-boxing

 

 

THEBETI:

Okay ladies and gents, Africans and Americans let’s give it up for the most sought out after African rapper, known to all as….SALOOOOPEEEEEEE

SALOPE:

New skies, fresh ground… here I go………….

 

 

SALOPE STANDS UP facing the crowd raps (LINES IN SYNC WITH HARAMBEE)

SALOPE KILLS THE MIC WITH SPOKEN WORDS

 

CURTAIN CALL

LIGHTS OFF



11 thoughts on “THE DESCRIPTION (script)” by Uyiosa (@wordsfromuyi)

  1. Hehehe. Nice.
    But I do not know much about scriptwriting. @jaywriter, this is your thing.
    Well done, Uyi. $ß.

    1. Uyiosa (@wordsfromuyi)

      @sibbylwhyte thanks for reading. Glad your enjoyed reading it

  2. @sibbylwhyte I didn’t quite get if it was for stage or screen.

    1. Uyiosa (@wordsfromuyi)

      @jaywriter, when I wrote this, we did not have a proper stage to perform, so I had to improvise and make do with what we had. Thanks for reading

  3. Nice concept and well written. I wish we heard some of the spoken words.

  4. Uyiosa (@wordsfromuyi)

    @Olan thanks, well when I wrote, i intended for Salope to free style because, the actor that was to play Salope is an upcoming hip hop musician.

  5. The EXT (exterior) is a term used in screen writing to mean that the scene is taking place in an open place, so where do we put the write up? I think it leans more on stage play but the story fits more for film. At a point I couldn’t really get it, though the theme of togetherness and friendship is clear, plotting and harmony is however lost.

    I guess you wrote this with the the idea of directing it. If this was for another director, it will prove a bit difficult to understand.

    But the characters are quite modern and distinct.

    1. Uyiosa (@wordsfromuyi)

      @ladman Yes, I wanted to direct this piece, but at the time the venue or stage was not assured. So i improvised on the work to make it somehow fit whatever I was to come across. Thanks

  6. Jo (@josephoguche)

    Cool

  7. Jo (@josephoguche)

    welcome

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