De Green Monkee Says ”Happy Easter”


Baby Easter Chicken

De Green Monkee says ‘’Happy Easter’’

If like jus like me,

an my mad an crazy family,

you celebrate de Easter, I say

‘’Happy Easter’’ to you.

I wish you peace an happiness

at dis happy Easter time.

Don eat too many Easter eggs.

Watch de beer an wine,

or you might take one swing too many

an fall off de branch or

ka-boomps de-boomps onto your

bums right off de forest vine.

Keep de happiness, make friends wid all.

Dis not de time for fighting, fighting.

Now pass de peace an de monkee wine.

Happy Easter!

© Sebastian de Vervet









De Green Monkee Speaks

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De Green Monkee Speaks

Pssssst! So babee,

you wanna know about

de green monkee?

You see me here.

You see me dere

when I swing frum

tree to tree

wid great agility.

When I’m eating de fruits,

or swimming in de jungle pools,

I’m tinking, tinking, tinking

because I got de hobbies

like dancing, writing, singing.

One big day I might be

de world’s most famous

dancing, writing, singing monkee,

but for now I chill, my brudder,

an enjoy de monkee beer

an eat de forest fruits, mon,

because life is cool, mon,

an slowly, slowly

I’m swinging, lazy, lazy

in dis forest tree.

© Andrew Pender-Smith and Sebastian de Vervet

Teachers and students are free to use this poem on the condition that the author is acknowledged.

De Green Monkee Speaks Again

I been tinking, tinking about

dis career business.

I don won anyone tinking I’m

just no swing-about.

Even when I’m drinking de best in

monkee beer,

my mind, my bro, is agile.

It’s workin’ absolutely clear.

If dis dancing, writing, singing business

is not de ting for me,

I’ll study a course in

monkee philosophy,

because my mind can jump from here

an’ my mind can jump from dere.

I dink I’ll run for president

or maybe monkee king.

Now it’s time for more beer, mon,

while I do my clever, clever tinking.

© Andrew Pender-Smith and Sebastian de Vervet

Teachers and students are free to use this poem on the condition that the author is acknowledged.

The Green Monkey is the brains, when he’s not drinking too much monkey beer and swinging from fruit tree to fruit tree, behind ‘Green Monkey Publications’. He’s the one who keeps a sharp lookout on its two authors, Andrew Pender-Smith and Craig Carden, to make sure they aren’t in the least bit slack and keep on writing.  His full name is Sebastian de Vervet but he is simply called ‘Sabs’ by friends and family. The top shows Sebastian as a baby with his parents.


This photo is of Sebastian’s uncle, Uncle Herbert de Vervet.

A ‘High Five’ for Drama


A ‘High Five’ for Drama

A ‘High Five’ for drama for every child in every school. I have taught, written about, and adjudicated drama in schools for long enough to know that there really is no greater teaching tool for helping children become well-rounded, confident adults.  See earlier posts for more of what I have said on the subject and to obtain poems that can be effectively used in the drama classroom. The photos in this post are here to illustrate the poem ‘The Jungle’ by Andrew Pender-Smith.


The Jungle

The jungle’s alive with

jungly sounds:

Screeching parrots

and grunting tigers.

The beating of jungle drums.

The roar of a far-off waterfall.

The loud trumpeting of

an old, grey elephant

and the galloping hooves of a buck

as a growling lion chases him.

Run, buck – runnn!

                     ©    Andrew Pender-Smith

Teachers and students are free to use this poem. I hope they enjoy using it.

Once again I include one of my maxims: ‘A poem a day helps build vocabulary the easy way’.


In Happy Celebration

Green Monkey Publications



Both of these works are now available on Amazon as e-books. To find out more, click on the link below.

Also just released is the poem ‘Aftermath’ by Andrew Pender-Smith. It is among a number of others to be included in the 2017-2019 syllabus of the Speech and Drama Association of South Africa.


The wind and waves boomed up the lagoon

crashing surf and sand over invisible rocks.

The fish were gone –

flailing fathoms deep

while gutted shells cracked and splintered.

The trees bent violently before being


over the roiling waters

as fishing boats spun and whacked

into brittle shards.

The once brightly painted hulls

were now no more as remnant after

remnant was snatched into the

savage tumult of boom and horrible roar.

Jagged out to sea or shore-bound as lightning

zapped and zithered from rock to black water

and scarred rock again.

When dawn…

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Drama – Aiding the Development of Every Child

mardi-gras-masks-22866545 (2)My wish: for every child on this planet to attend a school that offers drama.

Why drama?  It is the most holistic developmental tool available.

A child doing drama at school is developed emotionally, intellectually, socially and physically.

How does drama assist the development of the individual and, by extension, the broader community? The answers are outlined below.

Ways in which the student is developed:African Mask 1

Language acquisition and development

Non-verbal communication skills are enhanced.

Empathy is developed through working with others as well through role play and the reading of literary texts. This also helps with imagination.

Co-operative and leadership skills are learnt.

Reading, writing and public speaking skills are improved.

Improvisation and drama’s overall emphasis on learning through doing helps students to think for themselves.

It is my great hope that any parent or teacher who is not already a convert to the cause of ‘drama for every child’ will research and discuss further, with a view to introducing drama at the school which their child attends. You will be so pleased you did.tAfrican masks 2

Where to find out more? There is a lot available online in the form of e-books, magazines, journals and blogs. Local libraries should have books and DVD’s. You could also interview teachers and students of the dramatic arts. I am confident you will come across a lot that supports my call of drama for every child, wherever they are on this planet. I also encourage you to look up ‘Drama in Education’, ‘Theatre in Education’ and ‘Drama as Therapy’ and the uses of ‘Drama across the Curriculum’.  It is a case of ‘seek and you shall find’, and I am confident that what you discover will encourage and empower you to push every school that doesn’t offer drama to do so. My slogan? drama for every child in every school.

With good wishes,

Andrew Pender-Smith

Teacher of dramatic arts, writer and adjudicator.


Why the use of masks to illustrate this blog? Working with masks, preferably those made with themselves or under the guidance of a teacher, are a marvellous way of engaging in creative play free of inhibition.

I encourage you to share, share and share everything I have said here to help all children have a truly holistic education.

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Speech and Drama College SA

The Speech and Drama College SA has been doing good work in the field of Speech and Drama since 1945. Along with examinations in Speech and Drama, they hold competitions in public speaking, forum discussions and other forms of spoken communication. To learn more about them, you may visit their website at

I taught their syllabus and that of Trinity College London for over thirty years.

You may visit the Trinity College website at   Much of what I taught and, most importantly, how the syllabi from these respective organisations encouraged me to teach, helped shape my thinking as a teacher of the dramatic arts and can be found in the book COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching Dramatic Arts by Andrew Pender-Smith. It is designed with teachers new to the discipline in mind. For those teaching English, there is also COLOUR ME MORE: Teaching English Language and Literature by Andrew Pender-Smith.

Visit to learn more.


The Best Taxi in Town

‘The Best Taxi In Town’ brings you some South African humour. First written, published and performed nine year ago, this is one taxi that is still going strong. As to what the chicken’s got to do with it and who owns it, read the poem to find out.


The Best Taxi in Town, Bru.

I’ve got twenty.

There’s room for three more.

Don’t worry about

breaking the law.

The steering wheel’s

held together with string.

The pedals aren’t too

good for pumping.

The hub caps were stolen.

The back wheel fell out.

Yes, madam, we can take

7 more children.

Squeeze them in between the

chicken and the goat.

Don’t worry, the seat’s quite safe.

I used one role of sticky tape this morning.

Come on, baba.

You sit there.

Because there’s no window

you’ll get fresh air.

Don’ worry, sissie.

I’ll go peep-peep

good and fast.

I know the way.

No, not twenty minutes.

I’ll do it in ten.

Yes, yes my music’s the

best in any taxi.

Ask the police who

always try to stop me.

Don’t worry, lady.

There’s room in the boot.

When we get to your place

I’ll stop and I’ll hoot.

I’ve got the best taxi in town, bra.

I’m telling you for sure.

No, madam, I don’t

drive like a tsotsi.

I’ve got my licence

and I know about the law.

If you look, he’s coming now

so I’m going sharp-sharp.

I don’t want to go phakathi

or pay a great, big fine.

I lost the key

So I use the wire.

Here I go too sharp.

What! Your police car broke down?

OK sergeant, get inside.

I’ll take you to the station.

For you it’s free.

Trust me

ek sê, my bra.

Move up, gogo.

Shesha, manje!

Sit here, sergeant

and hold the gogo’s chicken.

The front tyre’s a bit flat,

but don’t mind that,

because I’m telling you sergeant, my bra,

I’ve got the best taxi in KZN.

Yes. Parp! Parp! We can take some more.

It’s five rand and please squeeze in,

but mind the gogo’s chicken!

©   Andrew Pender – Smith


baba – grandfather

tsotsi – thief

ek sê – I say

sissie – sister

phakathi – inside (As in inside prison.)

shesha manje – quick now

gogo – granny

KZN – KawaZulu-Natal

Speech and Drama Association of South Africa – Congratulations!

Congratulations to the Speech and Drama Association of South Africa on the production of its new syllabus. I have read through it and I am sure that, as per usual, it will be of tremendous help to all those who do Speech and Drama with the help of the Association. Thank you for including the poems of Andrew Pender-Smith in the anthology. May the Association continue to grow and prosper.