Yrsa Roca Fannberg



Lies (Ingimar, Vidar, Nanna), written play on paper, 2000


The Characters
Ingimar (brother, 8 years old)
Thorey (sister, 16 years old)
Magnus (brother, 14 years old)
Yrsa (24 years old)

Yrsa and Ingimar are sitting on the grass in the garden of a house.
Ingimar dressed in a black Nirvana T-shirt and Yrsa in a plain white
T-shirt. They are sunbathing. It is sunny outside and you can hear
the birds singing. There is no sound of other people, only birds.

Yrsa:      Do you lie?
Ingimar:   Yes.
Yrsa:      Why?
Ingimar:   (trying to look quite cool) Because I want to.
Yrsa:      What do you get out of lying?
Ingimar:   Everything.
Yrsa:      Whom to you lie to?
Ingimar:   Dad, mum, Yrsa, Thorey, Magnus.
Yrsa:      What do you lie to me?
Ingimar:   (Looks at Yrsa, straight into her eyes) Yes.
Yrsa:      About what?
Ingimar:   A lot.
Yrsa:      (Looks confused) Like what?
Ingimar:   Don’t know.
Yrsa:      Don’t know?
           Don’t you think it’s horrible to lie?
Ingimar:   No it’s not horrible.
Yrsa:      Are you not embarrassed?
Ingimar:   No no.
Yrsa:      Do you think God wants you to lie?
Ingimar:   Yes.
Yrsa:      Don’t you think you can go to hell
           if you lie?
Ingimar:   NO, that doesn’t happen.
Yrsa:      To heaven?
Ingimar:   Yes.
Yrsa:      Are you not embarrassed?
Ingimar:   No, for the second time. (Obviously annoyed)
Yrsa:      Well, are you going to continue to lying?
Ingimar:   Yes.
Yrsa:      Why?
Ingimar:   Because I want to.
Yrsa:      Do you think you can earn money lying?
Ingimar:   Yes.
Yrsa:      Have you lied to Vidar?
Ingimar:   Yes, often.
Yrsa:      Are you lying to me now?
Ingimar:   No, I am going to later.
Yrsa:      (Very worried) When?
Ingimar:   Today
Yrsa:      Ok.
Ingimar:   Yes, I am going to lie to you, mum or dad.



The Characters
Vidar (brother, 7 years old)
Yrsa (24 years old)

Living room, Vidar is sitting on a brown leather sofa eating an ice
cream, and Yrsa on the coffee table in front of him, the TV is on
showing one of those talk shows. Behind Vidar there is a window,
leading to a balcony, and there is sunshine outside. Still some of the lights inside are on.

Yrsa:      Vidar do you lie sometimes?
Vidar:     Sometimes.
Yrsa:      Why?

(No Reply)

Vidar      Why?
Vidar:     I don’t know why.
Yrsa:      Do you enjoy lying?
Vidar:     No.

(Vidar continues looking at the TV. Not very interested in the

Yrsa:      Is it ugly to lie?
Vidar:     Yes.
Yrsa:      Do you sometimes lie to Nanna?

(No reply)

Vidar:     To whom do you lie?
Vidar:     I don’t know why I lie.
Yrsa:      Do you lie to dad?
Vidar:     Yes, about sweets and things like that.

(Vidar smiles but looks embarrassed)

Yrsa:      Do you lie to mum?
Vidar:     Just a little bit.

(Yrsa getting more and more into the conversation)

Yrsa:      Do you think you can end up in prison if you lie?
Vidar:     No no no.
Yrsa:      Do you think you can end up in hell if you lie?
Vidar:     No.
Yrsa:      What does god say about lying?
Vidar:     That you can.
Yrsa:      Is it good to lie?
Vidar:     (starting to be even more embarrassed)
Yrsa:      Are you proud that you lie?
Vidar:     No.
Yrsa:      Are you embarrassed?
Vidar:     Yes.
Yrsa:      Are you going to stop lying?
Vidar:     Yes.
Yrsa:      Do you promise?
Vidar:     Yes.

(Vidar continues watching the TV and yrsa walks out of the room)




The Characters
Nanna: (sister, 5 years old)
Vidar: (brother, 7 years old)
Rikard: (brother’s friend, about 7 years old)
Yrsa: (24 years old)
Emelie: (friend, 24 years old)

A big house made of red bricks with a big garden with lots of
old trees. The front door of the house is made of heavy wood and
surrounded by windows, quite small windows.

The front door opens:

Nanna:     (dressed in a red pyjamas on the way to bed after a bath):
           Oh it’s them…
           (Bong, Nanna is playing with the door. There is sound of people
           talking inside the house

Yrsa:      Nanna, do you lie?
Nanna:     What is a lie?
Yrsa:      Do you always tell the truth?
Nanna:     Yepps!
Yrsa:      Always?
Nanna:     Mmm.
Yrsa:      Are you always nice to Vidar?
Nanna:     Are you?

(Emelie and Yrsa whisper)

Yrsa:      Do you sometimes take his things?
Nanna:     Mmm. NO it is him that takes mine.

(Nanna makes a sound of knocking on the window)

Emelie:    What happened to that hat?
Nanna:     Which hat?
Emelie:    That Champions hat.
Yrsa:      That was Rikards, Vidars friend.
           What happened to that hat?
Nanna:     Oh, that hat.

(Nanna gets a smile on her face and then suddenly turns serious

Yrsa:      Did you hide it in the chest of drawers?
Nanna:     Oh no no.
Yrsa:      What!
Nanna:     No it was him who was in the chest of drawers
           and the hat fell off.
Emelie:    Are you lying now?
Nanna:     NO.
Yrsa:      Well I think so.
Emelie:    Why do you lie, Nanna?
Nanna:     I don’t lie silly cow.
           I have to go.

(The front door closes)