Scene 1 - A cat and his man
Listen or download Scene 1 of our pantomime by clicking on the links below. As you listen, try to answer these comprehension questions:
- Does Dick have a good job?
- What happens to the winner of the rat-catching contest?
- Who is Apple?
- Will Apple help Dick?
The answers are at the bottom of this page.
fortune - ‘…I came here last year looking for my fortune’
a lot of money. To look for or seek your fortune is an old-fashioned phrase meaning to become successful in some way.
old thing – ‘Sorry old thing’
this isn’t a rude phrase but an old-fashioned term of endearment, like ‘mate’ or ‘dear’
to get/be held up – ‘I got held up at the office’
to be delayed
to keep your fur on - ‘All right, all right keep your fur on’
this is Apple’s way of saying Keep your hair on. This phrase means Calm down – don’t be so angry.
ragout – ‘Oh, rat ragout again!’
a stew, a mixture of boiled vegetables and meat
food groups - ‘…all the main food groups are present on that plate’
the main kinds of nutrition – fat, carbohydrate, protein etc.
to have a laugh – ‘You’re having a laugh ain’t cha?’
a British expression meaning to kid someone, to lie for fun
ain’t cha – ‘You’re having a laugh ain’t cha?’
London slang meaning aren’t you?
- No. At first, Dick says he has a good job, but then he admits he doesn't. He is Assistant Paperclips Officer.
- The winner becomes Lord Mayor of London.
- Apple is Dick's cat.
- Yes. After Dick promises Apple a tuna steak, he agrees to help.