If Assembly by Rudyard Kipling
If Assembly by Rudyard Kipling with a Cast of 30 is easily adaptable up or down.
Duration is around 10 minutes not including music suggestions.
Unlikely as this may seem but this classic poem by Rudyard Kipling manages to bring together 20 readers and 8 rappers – along with one somewhat incredulous Narrator and poet!
The If Assembly by Rudyard Kipling includes both original material and … well, who can argue that the rappers aren’t themselves a pretty original lot – to say nothing of the material they produce!
If the language of the original If seems a little dated now, take heart from what can still be gleaned from it, in the right enthusiastic hands!
Sample Text for If Assembly by Rudyard Kipling
Rapper 4: So I think it’s fair to say
Rapper 5: It’s all a bit iffy!
(All rappers laugh)
Narrator: Now, now people! A little respect for our great poet here, if you please!
Rapper 6: Oh! Absolutely no disrespect intended, bro!
Rapper 7: No, we were just making the point that none of what we are about to say is a given!
Rapper 8: It’s all about making your own choices.
Rapper 1: Nobody can make you good!
Rapper 2: That has to come from you!
Rapper 3: And that’s not always easy!
Rapper 4: Take that first couple of lines
(Narrator points to Reader 1)
Reader 1: If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you
Rapper 4: Sound familiar?
Rapper 5: In this crazy world where everything has to be ‘now’, how many people do you know who can stay calm under pressure?
Rapper 6: And what about the next two lines?
(Narrator points to Reader 2)
Reader 2: If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
Rapper 6: Wow! That is special! I think we’ll call that one, self-confidence!
(Narrator points to Reader 3)
Reader 3: If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Rapper 7: Let’s call that, patience!