Right Or Wrong
Location- A hospital ward.
Setting- Kase as an ill patient is looking out into open space in
Kase Voice Over- I spend the remainder of my days lying here in desolation,
surrounded by death and decay, waiting for my calling card. My fondest
memories of my youth my only companion. (Children’s play and
laughter in the background)
I was so full of ambition, potential waiting to fulfilled and then
I grew up. Each year a greater revelation of what life really was,
tarnishing my innocence and taking with it my dreams. I can give a
hundred excuses for why I’m here, for the mistakes I made. But
you only live once and life is about learning to live with regrets
even if they kill you. The truth is no one has the perfect life, mine
was as good as it gets and still wasn’t enough. Or maybe it
was too much. I have tasted the bitter and the sweet, the poor and
the rich, the good and the bad and in the end what did it all mean.
What was the purpose of my existence. Did I live a good life and make
the wrong choices or did a bad life grant me good fav. Some will live
a lot longer than me, others a lot shorter. I had a life and I made
my choices, were they right or wrong?
Kase- Where did I go wrong.
Location- The University student union bar.
Setting- The story flashes back over five years to Kase’s graduation
party. He is seated in a student bar, surrounded by a few of his friends
as they discuss their future. Slightly darker setting with music in
Kase- So we made it! (cheers from the group.)
1st Mate- Ya, talk about miracles. And we didn’t even have to
2nd Mate- No. That was just you. Conveniently you were never around
when a stand had to be made.
1st Mate- Eh, I was around enough to graduate. I’m sure my parents
will be happy enough with that.
Kase- Don’t you bring your parents into this, you don’t
even like them. (laughter)
1st Mate- Yes, but I do like their beer money. Should we get another
round. (He says standing up to leave.)
Kase- If you must. Lets not disappoint them. (more group laughter
2nd Mate- Graduating was the easy part, now we have to go out and
work for a living.
Kase- Working is the easy part, try finding a job.
2nd Mate- exactly! That’s what I meant. Atleast some of us will
be ok, heh. (he says signalling towards 1st mate at the bar. They
Kase- We best stick close. He may have some work for us one day.
3rd Mate- Ya, but I’m not cleaning his toilet. (they all laugh.)
( Natasha comes over and sits on his lap)
Natasha- What’s so funny?
3rd Mate- We were just talking about what comes next in our ever exciting
Natasha- Oh that’s ok. I’ve already planned ours for the
next ten years. (She says rubbing Kase’s head. He smiles in
3rd Mate- Oh oh! It seems we’ve lost him already. (they laugh.)
Location- Kase’s family home. Medium sized 3 bedroom house.
Setting- It’s been a few weeks since graduation and Kase is
returning home one day to find his Uncle talking to his mother in
the living room. General conversation is going on in the room.
Mother- Oh Kasesa, your back. Greet your uncle. (they both stand up)
Uncle Peter- My son, you’ve really grown eh! (He hugs him)
You’re a man now.
Kase- Yes Uncle and how are you?
Uncle Peter- I’m fine, fine. The usual troubles we have in this
country. Take a seat. (He ushers him to a seat.)
I here you’ve graduated now.
Kase- Yes Uncle! About two months ago now.
Uncle Peter- Congratulations! And what are your plans now?
Kase- Well, I’m just looking for employment at the moment but
you know how difficult that is these days.
Uncle Peter- It’s why I came my son. (They all laugh.)
You studied economics, right?
Uncle Peter- You see, your Uncle doesn’t forget these things.
Your still my favourite nephew you know, don’t tell your other
other relatives that. (he says with a grin.)
Kase- No I won’t. (also grinning.)
Uncle Peter- Now I made a promise to you a few years back now. Can
Kase- Yes I do.
Uncle Peter- Of course, a mind like your uncle’s. (They laugh)
Well it seems you have fulfilled your part of the bargain and so must
I. We can’t have people believing Peter Banda is not a man of
Kase- Definitely not!
Mother- Ba Peter who would dare make such an accusation.
Uncle Peter- Ah my Suzy, you don’t know my colleagues in politics.
There like a pack of vultures, looking for a fresh carcass to feast
on and I have plenty of meat you know. (He says rubbing his belly.
Now, it just so happens there is a position coming up in …