Shocking the Donkeys

Shocking the Donkeys
‘The wedding that rocked the cradle of civilisation.’ Shocking the donkeys is a gentle comedy set on a Greek island based on a screenplay by the same name by James Collins and Jack Rousseau.



Image by Clive Wakfer

Brief synopsis
Meni, a meddlesome, staunchly traditional Greek grandmother is overjoyed when her only grandson, Petros, returns to her small island for a wedding. She has already plotted Petros’ own engagement, though he has no idea of course. Neither does Meni have any idea that Petros is actually gay, and bringing with him his partner of four years, an American, Alex. When Meni sees Petros and Alex kissing she decides that Petros has fallen under the evil influence of America, and that Alex must go.

Meni mobilises the villagers in an undercover operation to spy on the American and catch him doing something illegal; that way her friend George, the corrupt chief of police, can deport him. A crime is engineered, Alex is thrown in gaol and Petros realises what’s going on. Driven by Meni’s meddling he proposes to Alex and they decide to marry, right there on the island.

Meni’s made things worse for herself and now seeks more drastic measures to rid herself of Alex and have Petros to herself. But Alex is working his charm on the village ladies, and the mayor, Takis, running for re-election, sees the opportunity of some good publicity for the island: a gay wedding might just boost tourism and get the economy pumping again. As the wind of change blows gently through the island, Meni loses the support of her friends, the law, the authorities, and finds no support from the church. She has lost her only grandson, for good.

But then, through her long suffering husband, she realises: all she has to do is love Petros for who he is, not what he is, and her heart is settled. She has an epiphany. All is mended. Except that, by now, George has gone to plan B: Alex has been kidnapped and is being smuggled away from the island as the whole village, and the TV crew, gather in the square for Greece’s first gay wedding. Meni races to Alex’s rescue, George is banished, the wedding takes place, and before long peace, harmony, and tourism return to the island.

21 actors of various ages from 19 to 70.

Most of the action takes place in a Greek village square, with some other locations picked out by lighting and minimal scenery. (Suggestion only.)

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