Note for teachers Tongue twisted or brain twisted? At the beginning of the play one of our leading ladies, ( in this case, the inspector ) will enter the scene of the crime, ( the room where the audience is) ready and convinced that the only reason she could have been called to this meeting is because there has been a terrible crime. She is a very committed French investigator, so much so that she cannot see what is obvious. She is meeting with a group of teenage students and that there is no dead body. Her assistant is so enthusiastic about this job he cannot do it that well and he stumbles over his own words ( se confude ) with everything he says . This is the gag: Assistant Smart: ¨ This house is surrounded. I am afraid I must not ask anyone to leave the room . (he stops) No I must ask nobody. (he stops) no! (he stops) I must ask everybody to (he stops)I must not ask anyone to leave the ro…(he stops) No one must be asked by me to leave the room (he stops) Shall I leave the room? Assistant Smart: Understand? The class: You don’t want anyone to leave the room! Teacher: why not? Assistant Smart: Elementary, since the body was found in this room. And noone has left it, it is highly probable, in fact almost a complete certainty therefore that the murderer must be somebody in this room . . . Teacher: What body? Assistant Smart: The murderer of this body is somebody in the room, this the room which nobody must leave ( she stops) Somebody who could be anybody relative to this case is in this room, so nobody may leave with their body, leaving the body here in the room with everybody,
Inspector Tiger: Now, I do speak to intromoose dyself. I am sorry (she stops) No, I do speak to allude to myself to you eerrm, please allow my intro to loose myself, I mean avow me to promise you we will meet (she stops) No, I allow me to introduce you to me…excuse madam! (she stops) Allow me to introduce myself. I must ask that no one leave the room (she stops) Allow me to introduce myself. I am inspector Tiger Assistant Smart: Tiger? Assistant Smart: What ? Where? Tiger? What tiger? (Realises his mistake). Me tiger, you jane. Grr! errr.. I beg your pardon. She speaks quite fast and since this part becomes almost a tonguetwister it is very important that you and your students are fully aware of her situation, so you can enjoy it better! 1 We invite you to read this to your students and give them the opportunity to perform this in front of their mates as fast ( but as well performed,) as they can! Example: “Perhaps I could share with you the case I solved, where seven silly sheet slitters were caught sillyly slitting sheets and were accused of selling blackmarket sea shells by the sea shore . . . No? Perhaps another time.” 2 Ask your students to write her request in as many ways as possible! That means, let´s untwist her! (She doesn´t want anyone to leave the room). 3 Can you tell us what are the differences between:
everyone / noone / nobody / anyone / everybody / someone / somebody
Bad joke alert: Why didn´t the skeleton go to the halloween party? Because he had no(body) to go with.