Storyteller 1: It was a lovely evening and all the hens were enjoying the sun.
(All the hens are moving around the stage. They are clucking and interacting with one another.)
Storyteller 2: They played with each other happily.
Storyteller 3: The cockerel watched over them carefully until it was time to go sleep.
Hen 1: (yawning) It is getting late.
Hen 2: (stretching) I think we should go to sleep.
Hen 3: Yes, I’m very tired.
Hen 4: Cockerel, we are going to roost but can you make sure the foxes don’t come near us during the night.
(All the hens put their heads under their wings and go to sleep.)
Cockerel: Goodnight and sleep tight. I will look after you.
Storyteller 1: The cockerel flew up to the highest tree so he could watch over the hens.
Storyteller 2: Not too far away there lived a family of foxes.
Storyteller 3: They were very hungry.
(The foxes come out to the centre of the stage.)
Little Fox 1: (rubbing is stomach) I’m so hungry.
Little Fox 2: We haven’t eaten all day.
Little Fox 3: We can’t go to bed hungry.
Little Fox 4: I want some chicken.
Fox : I have a cunning plan stay here and I will come back with some delicious hens for your tea.
Storyteller 1: So the fox went off to see the cockerel.
Storyteller 2: The cockerel was just about to go to sleep
Storyteller 3: when he saw the fox trotting towards him.
(The fox sees the hens and starts licking his lips. The hens are fast asleep.)
Fox: Cockerel, have you heard the wonderful news?
Cockerel: What wonderful news?
Fox: There is peace amongst all the animals in the forest. We have agreed never to chase or eat each other again. From now on we will all be great friends.
(The hens start to wake up and they huddle up together when they see the fox.)
Storyteller 1: The cockerel was suspicious.
Storyteller 2: He wasn’t sure whether he should believe the fox,
Fox: Come down here so we can hug and be friends. This is the happiest day of my life.
Cockerel: If this all the animals are at peace this is also the happiest day of my life as well.
(Cockerel suddenly stops and listens carefully.)
Cockerel: Fox, I hear some dogs in the distance. They must be coming here to celebrate with us.
Storyteller 3: Suddenly the fox starts to run..
Cockerel: Where are you going? We are all friends now.
Fox: The might not have heard the good news so I’m not going to stay and find out.
Hens: You are so clever.
Cockerel: I know and now you can sleep soundly.
(The cockerel and hens all go to sleep. The fox returns to the little foxes without any food and they start to cry.)
Storyteller 1: The lesson of the story is
Storyteller 2: Don’t always believe everything you hear.p
Storyteller 3: Even if you want it to be true.