An gyst wag


A playlet for use with Skeul an Tavas Lesson 1

© 2019 Ray Chubb and Ian Jackson

2nd edition July 2020


Three passengers are sitting on a bench seat in a railway carriage. On the bench seat facing them is a mother and her twin toddlers Jenefer and Josua. Josua is holding a fairly large box with a closed lid.

JENEFER

(Pointing to man opposite:) Mabm, pyw yw hebma?

MABM

Hèm yw den.

JENEFER

(In loud whisper:) Den coth yw!

(Mother embarrassed.)

JOSUA

(Pointing to woman opposite:) Mabm, pyw yw hobma?

MABM

Hòm yw benyn.

JOSUA

Gwragh goth yw!

(Mother more embarrassed.)

JENEFER

(Pointing out of the window:) Pëth yw hedna, Mabm?

MABM

Hòn yw bugh dhu.

JOSUA

Bugh dhu, bugh dew! Mabm, pëth yw hedna?

MABM

Hòn yw davas.

JOSUA

Glëb yw an dhavas, glëb an vugh!

JENEFER

Hèn yw an glaw.

TREMENYAS 1

Pyw o’why, maw bian, mowes vian?

JOSUA

(Shy:) Josua o’vy.

JENEFER

(Not shy at all:) Jenefer Lowda Trelawny o’vy.

TREMENYAS 2

(Looking at the box Josua is holding:) Pëth yw hodna?

JOSUA

Kyst yw.

TREMENYAS 3

Yw an gyst poos?

JENEFER

(Sarcastic:) Kyst wag yw hodna.

JOSUA

(Indignant:) Nag yw! (He opens the box and strokes something inside.)

TREMENYSY 1, 2, 3:

(Together, unable to see exactly what is in the box:) Pëth yw hedna?

JOSUA

Pëth yw hobma? Hòm yw sarf!

(He pulls a large plastic or soft-toy snake from the box and throws it at the three passengers opposite, who promptly have hysterics – Cornish, ‘sterycks’.)

MABM

(Beside herself:) Ogh Josua!

JENEFER

(Triumphantly:) Kyst wag yw hodna lebmyn!

 

Extra vocabulary

tremenyas passenger