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By Lucy Hawkins

Farhan cannot forgive Mamat for losing his old football, even though Mamat forgave
him for the same mistake. A puppet play for kids up to about 10.

Matthew 18

Boy 1- Mamat
Boy 2 - Farhan
Girl - Mimi

NARRATOR - ( looks around, then sees audience ) Oh! Hello! Didn’t see you
there! .... I was just remembering a story I heard a few days ago. I don’t suppose
you’d like to hear it? It’s quite interesting - it’s got excitement, mystery, a great
ending ... Yes, I’ll think I’ll tell you, it’s a story worth remembering. It happened in a
park not far from here. Three young people were playing football, with their brand
new ball...
( Boy 1 & 2 & girl come up, running back and forth a bit )
BOY 1: Pass us the ball, Farhan! You’ve had it for ages!!!
MIMI : Yeah Farhan! You’re always hogging the ball!
BOY 2: Wait a minute, Mimi! I’m not ready, I’m gonna score, ready.... 1, 2, ...3!!!
(Ball flies over the wall into audience! All stare out into audience after their ball,
MIMI: Oh dear!

. (enter Boys 1 & 2 & Mimi) . right? BOY 1: Yeah.. They had been trying to play with it for a while when. when he had dug it out. but it was better than nothing. football! I only got it yesterday! BOY 2: I’m sorry. BOY 2: Really? BOY 1: Yeah. Farhan didn’t like it at all. OK. it was nearly flat and was covered in dirt and grime. he didn’t mean to lose it. forgive him Mamat. Mamat thought a bit..And so they all went home to get their rackets. and now it was lost! But he also knew that his friend was really sorry. Or had it? A week later. MIMI: Good! Now. but I didn’t mean to . about the ball I know you’re upset but I’m really sorry! Please forgive me! MIMI: Yeah. I really am.(exuent Boys 1 & 2 & Mimi) NARRATOR: . Tottenham Hotspur. playing football with Farhan’s football. and you could tell from the horrible smell. so he decided to forgive him. I suppose I forgive you.. it doesn’t matter any more. The sides were cracking.. Mamat....BOY 1: (angry) Look what you’ve done! You idiot! It’s gone right out of the park!!! That was my brand new. and everything had turned out just fine. It had been festering away at the botFarhan of his Dad’s compost heap. It was a really awful football.. they were at the park again. after all it wasn’t worth losing the friendship over.. it was an accident! I just kicked it a bit too high. NARRATOR: Well. signed by all the team. It was his best ever ball. what about some tennis instead. that’s all! BOY 1: That’s all! That’s all! What am I going to do now! It’s ages ‘till my Birthday! I won’t be able to practise and now I’ll never ever be the next Michael Owen! BOY 2: Well it wasn’t really likelyMIMI: Watch it! BOY 2: Sorry! But look.

Mimi! MIMI: Yeah. he found himself wishing that he could be there too. Farhan wouldn’t be friends with Mamat. he wouldn’t even talk to him..BOY 2: Give me the ball.was a horrible ball anyway! BOY 2: That doesn’t matter! BOY 1: Well. OK? Will you forgive me? BOY 2: I don’t see why I should.. right? BOY 2: That doesn’t matter! It’s my ball and you let it get ruined! BOY 1: I didn’t mean to . you’ve ruined my ball! I’m going home! (leaves in a huff) BOY 1: But I forgave him when it was my ball.. but when he saw Mamat & Mimi playing football in the park. But it was Farhan who lost out.. He wouldn’t sit with him in class.. mangled ball) BOY 1: Umm.’s not my fault! BOY 2: Yes it is! MIMI: Calm down. it’s got a bit of a hole and teethmarks! BOY 2: What! BOY 1: A bit of a hole and teethmarks! Don’t worry! It was only an old ball and you never liked it in the first place. NARRATOR: Well... I think a dog must have got to it before I did. with extra cheese! C’mon! I can’t wait! BOY 1: OK! I’ll just get it . (Farhan comes up alone) .it went down that ditch over there ( goes down to find it comes up with a flat... from that day on. He tried to persuade himself that he hated Mamat and didn’t want to play with him. Mamat! It’s time to get going! Isn’t your Mum doing us pizza for tea. Farhan . I’m sorry then.

he looked up to see Mamat coming towards him. and was glad that he had a forgiving friend like Mamat . It’s not as good as when there’s 3 of us. BOY 1: Wait! I’m fed up of only playing football with Mimi. Can’t we forget our arguement and just go back to being friends? NARRATOR: Farhan thought for a while and then smiled. (Mamat enters and goes towards Farhan) He got up to leave (Farhan moves in opposite direction) but Mamat stopped him. Farhan realised that he had been selfish. Do you fancy a game then? (EXUENT Farhan and Mamat) NARRATOR: Farhan had learnt a lot from Mamat. He realised that Mamat had forgiven him twice: once for losing his favourite ball. and once for being silly.One day as Farhan was sitting alone on the playground. FARHAN: C’mon. not forgiving him for losing his old ball.

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