Window Washer Mime
This is a mime in which most of the action is done silently by one
person. The second person enters at the end and makes a closing comment.
This drama can be effective in illustrating the way we are so concerned with
how things look on the outside when actually it is the inside we need to
straighten out. God looks at the inner man. I Samuel 16:7b, "...man looks on
the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart."
- Window washer (mimed)
A person walks on stage as though he were carrying a bucket of water and
sets the bucket down beside himself. He outlines a window in front of him using
a zipping motion, holding each corner. This allows the audience to imagine a
window. He then picks up a rag out of the water and rings it out. In round
motions he washes his window keeping inside the lines designated at the
beginning. He drops the rag back into the water and picks up a squeegee. After
running it along the window he runs his fingers down the edge of the squeegee
to clean it and flicks the dirty water off his fingers. He repeats this
approximately three times depending on the size of the window. After setting
the squeegee in the bucket, he stands back with his hands on his hips to admire
his job. Soon he notices a little spot so he focuses on this spot and tries to
scrape it off with his nail. This doesn't work, so he breathes on it and wipes
it with his sleeve.
After a short time, as he is getting more and more
frustrated, a friend walks in, sees what is happening and breaks into laughter.
After the friend has controlled his laughter, he says, "You'll never get it
clean that way! The spot is on the inside." OR "Can't you see that you
are scrubbing the outside when the spot is on the inside?" OR "Silly!
The spot is on the inside!"
This document copyright (c) 1995 by Mathew Pole. Reproduction and/or
distribution for non-commercial purposes is permissible providing that
the drama is left fully intact. Permission is given to modify the
drama for personal use, under the condition that the changes are not
redistributed. Please send additions or corrections to
Mathew and Paulyn Pole (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Last changed: Saturday 12 August 1995