8+ characters, for ages 6-10. Ten-minute play based on a popular Asian folk-tale.

In this short play, a mango falls and hits a monkey on the head. The monkey imagines that the earth is opening up and will swallow him. He spreads his alarming tale to other animals on the plains, who also panic. Eventually, the wise lion encourages all to investigate, and learn the truth. It is a story about not jumping to conclusions!

The script is two pages long, runs about five minutes, and has parts for seven actors. The animal characters can all be doubled, or additional creatures may be added to expand the cast.

Also included are:

  • Fun facts about Asia
  • Discussion questions
  • Seven additional drama/learning activities

Drama Notebook has a collection of six short plays from six different continents that you can use to teach a unit on stories from around the world, or plays from various cultures!

North America – Nanuk and the Hunter
South America – Cormorant and Rainbow Snake
Asia – The Monkey and the Mango
Europe – The Little Red Hen
Oceania – Kiwi’s Gift
Africa – How Anansi got his Stories

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