EY TO EY

A Play By

ALLEN LYNE.

 

 

 

 

©. 1990  Allen Lyne

   8 Redgate Ct.

   Moana Heights

   South Australia  5169

   Ph. (08) 8 327 4142

 

Researched with the community

at Lobethal March to May 1990

 

In 1990 I found myself in the strange position of being asked to

write a play about a church and seminary. I'm either an agnostic

or an atheist, I've never been able to work out which. The church

leaders in Lobethal had seen a play I was commissioned to write

and produce about the history and closure of the woollen mills in

Lobethal.

When I was approached to write Ey to Ey, I told them they had the

wrong person. They were convinced I was the right person for the

job on the strength of my work with young people and others

from the local community on the previous play. And that is how

this happy association came about. I very much enjoyed working

with the wonderful congregation, ministers and elders of the

church in this lovely little town in the Adelaide Hills. To make the

experience even sweeter, I married the most beautiful woman in

Lobethal--well, the world really--so maybe there is a God.

 

 

MUSIC: CENTRAL AREA LIGHTING UP AS NARRATOR ENTERS

Narrator

Good evening ladies, gentlemen and others and welcome to

our play, Ey to Ey.  Tonight you are going to see some of the

history of Lobethal unfold before you.  Our play tonight is based

on the stories of Anna (Special up on Anna 1. She bows to the

audience)... and Rudolph Ey.(Special up on Rudolph 1. He  bows

to the audience)... Tonight live here on stage, you are also going to

see some of the history of the early South Australian Lutheran church.

HAHNDORF SPECIAL ON KAVEL. LOBETHAL SPECIAL ON FRITZSCHE

Kavel

Heretic!

Fritzsche

Chiliast!

SPECIALS OUT.

Narrator

Pastors Kavel and Fritzsche.  Two of the earliest pastors in South

Australia,  but we'll get to them later.  Apart from Anna, Rudolph

and an odd few pastors - and some of them were very odd indeed -

 you will also meet lots of other fascinating characters from Lobethal's

early history.  Teacher Mueller ....

SPECIAL ON MUELLER RIGHT ARM OF CROSS.

Mueller

That boy,  what  are you doing?  Put it away at once. You'll go blind!

Narrator

Mrs Oster, Anna's mother.

SPECIAL ON MRS OSTER LEFT ARM OF CROSS.

Anna 1

Is that you, Mum?.

Mrs Oster

Aye aye, Anna.

Narrator

And we also have a number of Anna's of different ages.

LOBETHAL END LIGHTS UP.

Anna 2

I'm Anna when she was eight years old.

Anna 3

I'm Anna when she was fourteen years old.

Anna 4

I'm Anna when she was in her twenties.

Anna 5

And I'm Anna later in her life.

Anna 1

And I'm Anna later still.

Narrator

Only her hairdresser will ever really know. And we have a few

 Rudolph Eys for you as well.

LOBETHAL END LIGHTS OUT. HAHNDORF END LIGHTS UP

Rudolph 2

I'm the younger Rudolph.

Rudolph 3

I'm a bit older.

Rudolph 1

And I'm older still.

HAHNDORF END LIGHTS OUT.

Narrator

There are lots of other characters in the play and you'll meet them

all soon.  Most people play more than one character and

occasionally I'll put on a costume and join the action.  Don't be

confused mum.  It's still really me.  Oh. before we start.  While we

were writing this play lots of jokes came up about the name Ey.  It

sort of lends itself to comedy, doesn't it?  So we thought we'd get

rid of all the bad Ey jokes before we start.  If you can think of any

 more, come up and tell us after the show.  As long as they're clean.

We called the show tonight EY to EY but we had a few other Ey deas.

How about THE EYES HAVE IT?  No?  LIFE IN LOBETHAL

THROUGH THE EYES OF THE EYS? EYBALL TO EYBALL?  I

guess that's a bit too ey ronic ... Still, it was a bit of an ey opener. Is

all this ey deologically sound?  It's enough to make ey scream

aaaaaaaaargh!  Oh, there's lots more.  What sort of milk would Pastor

Ey's cows give. (if they don't get it) Pasteurised.  What do you call

 a prostitute who is not working? 

CAST SING IDLE VICE IDLE VICE.

Mueller

We are going to do a test on this later.  Wake up!

Narrator

Thank you Teacher Mueller. Now go back to your pupils.

I better put the lid on these jokes or I might get the lash.

What a pity we couldn't think of any more musical jokes.

CAST SINGS ONE LINE OF AYE AYE AYE AYE.

Narrator

And of course at Anna Ey's birthday party she could have

Ey talians as guests, play Ey spy and have Ey cing on her

cake.  You think these are bad.  You should have heard the

ones we rejected.  Anna and Rudolph Ey were walking down

the street in Lobethal one day when suddenly there was a

gunshot.  The bullet passed right between the two of them

Guess what Anna said ... Phew, that was close.  Right

between the EysEnough of this frivolity.  This is a serious

piece of work about a serious subject and it's time to get on with

 it.  Oh, one more thing.  We want you to join in and help make

the show work.  Apart from singing the odd song, and the words

are on your program so keep it handy, apart from that, we want

you to respond to certain things for us.  During the play you will be

asked to tell the characters what to do at certain times.  You will

be asked, all in favour?  Guess what your response is ...(AYE)...

And now who wants the show to go on?  All in favour...?

CENTRAL AREA LIGHTING OUT.

Anna 1

My name is Anna Ey and I lived in Lobethal for many years. 

This is Rudolph who became my husband.  I loved him very

much ... Oh, Rudolph.

Rudolph 1

Oh, Anna.

GENERAL LIGHTING UP.

Whole Cast

Sing

IF YOU WERE THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD

AND I WAS THE ONLY BOY

NOTHING ELSE WOULD MATTER IN THE WORLD TODAY

WE COULD GO ON LOVING IN THE SAME OLD WAY

A GARDEN OF EDEN JUST MADE FOR TWO

WITH NOTHING TO MAR OUR JOY

I WOULD SAY SUCH WONDERFUL THINGS TO YOU

THERE WOULD BE SUCH WONDERFUL THINGS TO DO

IF YOU WERE THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD

AND I WAS THE ONLY BOY.

I WOULD SAY SUCH WONDERFUL THINGS TO YOU

THERE WOULD BE SUCH WONDERFUL THINGS TO DO

IF YOU WERE THE ONLY GIRL IN THE WORLD

AND I WAS THE ONLY BOY

GENERAL LIGHTING OUT.

Rudolph 1

I arrived here in South Australia in 1855 some years after

my future wife. ... Oh, Anna.

Anna 1

Oh, Rudolph. ... In 1900 when I was sixty one my eldest son

convinced me to write my memoirs.  That's this book here.

Early Lutheran Congregations in Australia - Memoirs of a

Pastor's Wife.  Only six dollars from Lutheran bookshops

everywhere and a very good book indeed.

Rudolph 1

I wrote a book too.- Early Tales: Beginnings of the Lutheran

Church in Australia: 1838 - 1880. It is out of print, but you will

 find it in the archives and if enough of you ask for it they will

reprint it.

LOBETHAL SPECIAL ON NARRATOR.

Narrator

Enough commercials.  Anyone would think they got royalties.

Get on with the show.  Ladies and gentlemen, what do you say

we go back to 1900 and start the show?  All in favour…?

SPECIAL OUT ON NARRATOR.

Anna 1

I began to write my memoirs in 1900 at the age of 61 at the behest

of my eldest son, Louis Ey.  Oh the things that I saw in my lifetime.

It seems impossible to document your life, how you felt, what you saw.

I'm getting on in years now and it's time for me to record as much of it

as I can.  But how to make you, my readers, see as I have seen?  No

matter, this book is for those of my family who come after me.  I was

born at Metz in Lorraine on July 8, 1839.  How's that for an opening?

All in favour ... ?  Right we'll keep that.  In 1843, when I was four we

moved to Posen and there we had to learn to speak German properly.

Up to then we had spoken mainly French and we were called the little

Frenchmen.

Rudolph 1

Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations,

ask thy father and he will show thee, thy elders, and they will tell thee.

Deuteronomy 32 verse 7.  The trouble is the elders tell it from their

own biased point of view and I have been accused of doing the same

thing. I wrote nothing that wasn't true.  Every fact can be checked for

historical accuracy.  I wrote copiously on the early  history of the

 Lutheran church in South Australia.

LIGHTS UP ON CENTRAL AREA AND LEFT CROSS.

Mrs Oster

Anna.  Anna. Where are you, it's time to leave. What's the matter

childStanding here dreaming when we're ready to go?

Anna 2

I was just saying goodbye to our house.

Mrs Oster

Oh, Anna.  Dear little Anna.  Don't be sad.  We are going to a new

land and there we will have a new home even better than this one.

Come, the coachman is ready for us.

Anna 2

Just one moment longer Mama?

Mrs Oster

Alright, but only a minute Anna and no more.

LIGHTS DOWN LEFT CROSS

Anna 2

(sings)  Oh my Lord Jesus, thy presence near me.

Peace and tranquility brings to my heart.

How blessed thy look of loving compassion

My whole being urges to thank and to praise.

ANNA 1 SINGS THE LAST LINE OF THE SONG.

Anna 1

How very sad I felt, standing in that empty room a day after

my eighth birthday with the furniture and everything gone.

Mrs Oster

Anna!  Come along now.

LITTLE ANNA LEAVES. LIGHTS DOWN ON CENTRAL AREA.

Anna 1

I think now that my sadness was a presentiment of what

lay before us.

Rudolph 1

I arrived at Port Adelaide on New Year's Day 1855 with my parents and

my brother.  I was a trained teacher.  My father and brother were

clerical workers, but we couldn't find jobs here, so we all finished up

cracking stones on the roads.  My father and brother went to the

diggings at Ballarat and I accepted the appointment of teacher at

Klemzig.  One year after I started there, the congregation split over

 a most extraordinary incident.  The pastor at the time,  Pastor

Masschmedt claimed ....

HAHNDORF SPECIAL ON MASSCHMEDT.

Masschmedt

The world is square!

SPECIAL OUT ON MASSCHMEDT.

Rudolph 1

Some people agreed with the Pastor and so the congregation split.

I decided to go to the diggings and join my father and brother, but

a call came to become teacher at Mount Torrens.  I didn't know

what to do. 

CENTRAL AREA LIGHTING UP.

Rudolph 2

What should I do?  Should I become teacher at Mount Torrens

All in favour...?...Right.  I'll go.

LIGHTS DOWN ON CENTRAL AREA.

Anna 1

The ship we were to sail to South Australia in was to make its

maiden voyage. The captain gave my father a great honour.

HAHNDORF END LIGHTS UP.

Captain

Pastor Oster, will you name the ship for us?

Oster

Why, certainly.  I hereby name this ship Martin Luther!

Captain

No!  I'll never be allowed to land in a Catholic port.

Oster

How about the Gellert? That's a nice name.  Shall we

name it the GellertAll in favour?  Right!  The Gellert she is.

HAHNDORF END LIGHTS DOWN. WE SEE MRS OSTER

AND ANNA 2 DIMLY LIT IN CENTRAL AREA DURING

THIS NEXT BIT. MUSIC: ABIDE WITH ME.

Anna 1

On the voyage out, my father, my dear good father, died.

Even today after more than half a century has passed, when

I stand on the beach and look at the sea I feel as if I am at

my father's grave.  I have the comfort of knowing that on

judgment day the sea will give up its dead.

When we got to South Australia, my newly widowed mother

had to decide where to go.  We had the choice of Hahndorf or Lobethal.

MUSIC FINISHES. MRS OSTER AND ANNA 2 MOVE CENTRE.

LIGHTS UP TO FULL ON THEM.

Mrs Oster

Oh, I can't make up my mind where to go.  What do you think?

Hahndorf?  All in favour of Hahndorf ... ?. Lobethal.  All in favour ... ?

Lobethal it is!

LIGHTS DOWN ON CENTRAL AREA.

Anna 1

Teacher Mueller and Mr. Kleinschmidt came down in a wagon to get

us.  We had to make arrangements for our furniture to be brought to

Lobethal by bullock dray.  There were no roads then and the dray

overturned a number of times.  Some of our furniture was smashed

and some of our precious books were lost.  This was another burden

for my mother to bear in her sadness.  But soon we were snug and as

happy as we could be in our new home and then we began to learn

about the beginnings of the town of Lobethal only five years before

our arrival. 

THE CONGREGATION HAS ENTERED DURING THE LAST

SPEECH. THEY SIT IN THE CENTRE FACING THE LOBETHAL

END. LIGHTS UP ON CENTRAL AREA. KRUMMNOW'S

THEME BEGINS AS HE MOVES THROUGH THE SPACE.

HE IS DRESSED IN A BLACK CAPE AND WEARS A BLACK HAT

Krummnow

Ah hah!  Soon it will be mine, all mine.  These people, this

congregation will do my bidding or my name's not Krummnow!

KRUMMNOW GOES TO THE RIGHT ARM OF THE CROSS.

LOBETHAL END LIGHTING UP.

Mueller

I've called this meeting to tell you that I have found a wonderful

valley on the western branch of the Onkaparinga.  The country

there is as good as you could find. I say we should buy it.  All

in favour .... ?

EACH SETTLER STANDS AS THEY SPEAK.

Settler 1

None of us want to stay in Hahndorf working other people's

land a moment longer than we have to.

Settler 2

But we don't want to pay seven pounds an acre for land that's

worth only one pound an acre like the Hahndorf congregation did.

Settler 3

We can't buy land because we are not British subjects. 

KRUMMNOW MOVES TO THE FRONT OF THE CONGREGATION.

MUELLER MOVES TO THE LEFT OF HIM.

Krummnow

Allow me to introduce myself.  My name is Krummnow and

I am that rare commodity, a German and a naturalised British subject.

I will buy the land for you and you will only pay one pound per acre.

MUCH CELEBRATION.

Krummnow

Trust me, my friends and I will do this deed for you.

Mueller

Three cheers for Mr. Krummnow

AFTER THE CHEERS, CENTRE AREA LIGHTS DIM.

LOBETHAL SPECIAL UP ON KRUMMNOW.

Krummnow

 will buy the land for them, but they must do as I wish.  This

settlement will be mine, mine.  They will make me their spiritual

leader.  You wait and see.

LOBETHAL SPECIAL OUT. CENTRE AREA LIGHTS UP FULL.

FRITZSCHE IS RIGHT, MUELLER LEFT.

Fritzsche

You must beware, brother Mueller, of this man Krummnow.

 He is evil.  Why it is reputed that he is a c a c a ccccccccccc....

Anna 1

Communist.

Fritzsche

Thank you.  I have heard it said that he wants to start a ccccccccc

Anna 1

Communist

Fritzsche

Thank you. ...  settlement and that he will stop at nothing to impose

his cccccccccccccc....

Anna 1

Communistic.

Fritzsche

Thank you .... ideas upon our congregation.  Be warned, brother Mueller. 

This man is up to no good.

Mueller

We are in Australia now.  We must think as Australians think.

Fritzsche

And what would Australians think?

Mueller

She'll be right!

Anna 1

Poor Pastor Fritzsche was so horrified he couldn't even bring

himself to say the word.

Fritzsche

Ccccccccccc.....

Anna 1

Communist.

Fritzsche

Thank you

LIGHTS DIM CENTRAL AREA.

Anna 1

So eighteen of the families who had come out on the Skjold

with pastor Fritzsche decided to buy the land which became

Lobethal.  First they had to have the land surveyed. 

The government surveyor wanted 20 pounds to do the job.

LIGHTS UP TO FULL CENTRAL AREA.

Mueller

Twenty pounds?   We can do better than that.

BAKER RUNS IN FROM THE HAHNDORF END. HE

JUMPS OVER THE CONGREGATION AND LANDS IN

FRONT OF MUELLER.

Baker

I'll do it for ten.

Mueller

Ten pounds instead of twenty?  It's a deal, Mr. Baker.

Baker

I'll be finished in no time.

BAKER RUNS OUT THE WAY HE CAME.

Mueller

Mein Gott, I got done. I never saw Baker again.  Oh, what shall

I do?  I've lost ten pounds of the congregation's money.  They'll

never trust me again.  I know.  I'll do the survey myself.  Mr Kowald,

Mr. Krummnow, will you help me?   Excuse me.  Just shift your chair

there will you....

MUSIC. MUELLER KOWALD AND KRUMMNOW BEGIN TO SURVEY

THE LAND. THE REST OF THE CAST JOIN IN. THEY MAKE PEOPLE

SHIFT THEIR CHAIRS AND MAY EVEN MOVE A TABLE OR TWO.

IF POSSIBLE THEY SHOULD MAKE PEOPLE SIT ON THEIR

PARTNER'S LAPS.

Mueller

Finished!  Now, how will we apportion the land.  Hmm.  How shall we divide

up these allotments?  I know!  We'll draw the names from a hat. 

CAST COLLECT NAMES FROM TABLES AND PUT THEM IN THE HAT.

Krummnow

Hear ye hear ye hear ye.  On this day the 4th of May 1842 we hereby raffle

 the allotments of land for the hufendorfen.  Has everyone got their names in

 the hat? Stand by for the draw

DRUM ROLL. KRUMMNOW AND MUELLER DRAW THE LOTS. THERE IS

LOTS OF SHOUTING AND EXCITEMENT. AT THE END OF THE DRAWING

OF LOTS, LOBETHAL SPECIAL ON FRITZSCHE. MUSIC. UNDER

FRITZSCHE'S MONOLOGUE. REJOICE IN THE VALLEY.

Fritzsche

We are gathered here today to name this place which is to be our new home.

I would remind the congregation of the place and the circumstances we have

come from. In Germany we lived under a regime of persecution for practising

our religion according to the gospel. Now we have the good fortune to live in a

land where we enjoy religious and civic freedom. This is no small matter given

the state of the world today with its wars, its strife and its intolerance for freedom

of thought and expression. It is therefore appropriate to express our gladness and

our gratitude in a name signifying thanksgiving and praise. I therefore suggest we

name this place Lobethal on the basis of Two Chronicles 20 to 26 which, in Luther's

version, reads and I quote: "And on the fourth day they assembled themselves at

Lobethal, for there they praised the Lord; therefore the place was called Lobethal

unto this day." Unquote. Let us name our new home Lobethal. Praise Valley.  All in

favour ... Lobethal it is.

LOBETHAL SPECIAL OUT ON FRITZSCHE.

Mueller

Well that's that then.  A very successful distribution of land if I do

say so myself.

Settler 1

Err, where's the four acres of land for the church?

Mueller

The church?

Krummnow

The church?

Settler 2

The church!

All

The church!

MUCH HUBBUB WITH PEOPLE SAYING THINGS LIKE:

WELL I'M NOT GIVING ANY OF MINE.  IT'S NOT MY FAULT.

SILLY CLOTS.  ETC.

Mueller

Oh, alright!  There's two acres of land left over after the distribution

and I'll give two acres of my lot.

SETTLERS CELEBRATE.  THEY FREEZE IN POSITION AS THE

LOBETHAL SPECIAL COMES UP ON KRUMMNOW. HIS THEME

MUSIC BEGINS.

Krummnow

The place is settled the scene is set.  I'll be the Bishop of Lobethal yet. 

THEME MUSIC ENDS. CROSSFADE TO LOBETHAL END LIGHTS.

Krummnow

Citizens of Lobethal.  I have asked you to gather here today on the site of

our new church to make an announcement.  I want you all to follow me

Settler 3

Where are you going?

Krummnow

Nowhere.  I hereby declare myself the spiritual leader of you all.  Follow me,

for I know the path to follow.  Follow me for I am the truth and the light.  I have

it all written down here in my manifesto.

Fritzsche

I told you he was a cccccccccccccc....

Anna 1

Communist!

Fritzsche

Thank you. .... and to be careful.  Now he has control of our land.

Krummnow

We must form ourselves into an exclusive community.   Only people who own

land in Lobethal will be allowed to live in Lobethal. We will have communal

ownership of everything. All of our produce shall be shared.  All of our wealth

and possessions  Soon we will be the wealthiest town in the entire colony. 

What do you say.

MUCH MURMURING FROM THE CROWD

Fritzsche

Mr Krummnow. As pastor of this flock I order you to

stop.  You are not ordained in the light of god, man. 

..................................

 

Will Krumnow succeed in his purpose?  Or will the good Pastor triumph.

There is a lot more history and play available if you email me that you

want to read the rest.