The Stand Up Kid – Time to Change


>>Teacher: OK, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw. Can you open your exercise books please? You’ve got a 1500 word essay to do. I’d like you to choose one of the themes from the board and start to plan it… [Pause]>>Teacher: Ah, the wanderer returns. That’s another 2 weeks behind. See me after class.>>Pupil 1: Where you been this time?>>Pupil 2: Somewhere warm?>>Michael: Yeah, your mum’s bed. [Laughter]>>Teacher: OK, ok. Settle down. Are we a comedian as well now Michael? [Pause]>>Teacher: As I was saying, choose one of the themes on the board and start planning your essay…>>Michael: Yeah, I’ve got one for you… How many teachers does it take to change a lightbulb? [Laughter]>>Michael: No? Alright, how many depressed people does it take to change a lightbulb? It doesn’t matter does it. It’s always dark. [Laughter] [Pause] When you wake up and you’ve got a dead arm… You can’t control it, you can’t make it do anything Imagine that in your whole body. In your mind. Whole life. Remember when I was off school? Remember all the jokes? What options you choosing Michael? Getting out of bed? Staying awake? Coming to class? [Pause] Only that’s when I was so low… getting out of bed wasn’t an option for me. [Pause] Even on Facebook… changed my status to “still skiving” It’s funny isn’t it? [Pause] It just makes it a little harder. [Pause] Sometimes it’s already too hard. [Pause] I mean you lot are my mates, right?… right? [Pause]