Bible stories & parables

Note: For obvious reasons, the durations against each script are only very approximate.
Key:
L
= Generally lighthearted;
D
= Drama;
H
= Heavy

N=Narrator; M=Male; F=Female; C=Child; M/'F=optional Male or Female; VO=Voices only; V=Vary to suit needs

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30 Days in the Ark

Dur: 7min

L

3M

The nitty gritty of life for the sons of Noah as they struggled to keep the ark clean during the flood. (Author: Dan Wilson)

A Day in the Temple

Dur: 7min

D

2M

Two temple guards discuss the signifance of the arrival of Mary and Joseph to present their baby. (Author: Warren Judkins)

A Friend Forgiven

Dur:4min

D

2M

A modern adaptation of John 21:15-19, when Jesus asks Peter 3 times, "Do you love me?" Peter is scared and confused, and doesn't know what to do, while Jesus just wants to show His love. (Authors: Sarah Nixon and Laura Barr)

A Midsummer Canaanight's Dream

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1VO

A humorous look at Joseph after he has been cast down into the well by his brothers.  He reflects on the possibility of his being arrogant and the seeming absence of God’s provision.  Joseph rejoices (prematurely) as a rope is handed down to him from above.  God has answered his prayer…kind of.  Joseph still has more work to do… (Author: Eric Stapleton)

A Tale of Two Gardens

Dur: 7min

D

Up to 9 M/F

The fall and redemption are described in this clever Readers Theatre (voice choir) script. (Author: Michele Pitman)

A Place For Everyone

Dur: 8min

D

1m

Isaac, chief steward in a Pharisee's house where Jesus is invited to dine, is disturbed by the lack of etiquette displayed by Jesus. (Author: Jim Hatherly)

Abraham and Sarah

Dur: 6min

D

1M, 1F

Abraham struggles with the request God makes of him, to sacrifice his only son Isaac. (Author: Linda Wyke)

Adam & Eve On The Yesterday Show

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1F, 1M/F, 1VO

Adam & Eve talk about their mistake and its consequences with a talk show host.  The fact that God still loved them is the thing that overwhelms them. (Joanne Miller)

Airplane

Dur: 8min

D

4M, 4F

When a group of teenagers start back home from camp, one goes missing. Echoes of the story of Jesus as a young boy, when he is found to be missing from the travel party returning from Jerusalem.

An Idol Moment

Dur: 7min

D

1N, 6M/F

How Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego survived the fiery furnace. (Author: Andy Lund)

Anna

Dur: 15min

D

1F

This is a dramatic and, in parts, humorous talk by Anna, the prophetess who saw Jesus as a baby.  Anna speaks to the crowd about her life and the future of Israel.  It provides a different, Christmas-oriented perspective, and is suitable for the week following Christmas. There is a short original, devotional song in the middle that can be omitted.  The song is not in the Bible but reflects what I believe was Anna's attitude and heart towards God. If you want to know how I sang certain areas, I can provide the notes. (Author: Anne E. Curtis)

Any Day Now...

Dur: 7min

D

2M

This short play takes a humorous look at Joseph of the Old Testament as he awaits the fulfillment of God's promise to him. In the meantime, he relates his story thus far to a skeptical fellow inmate of Pharoah's prison. This skeptical inmate even goes so far as to offer the card of his god to Joseph, which inspires Joseph to climax into a passionate speech on God's faithfulness and how he is confident that God will deliver him from this jail Any Day Now. The irony, of course, being that Joseph was to remain in that prison for two more years. (Author: Eric Stapleton)

At The Bench

Dur: 8min

L

2M, 1F

A widow keeps coming back before the judge until he very reluctantly gives her the justice she seeks. (Author: Jim Hatherly)

At The Furnace

Dur: 7min

D

2M, 2VO

Two furnace workers in hell discuss the latest arrival, the rich man who refused to acknowledge Lazarus in the parable told by Jesus. (Author: Jim Hatherly)

Bertie from Bethsaida

Dur: 6min

D

1M, 1M/F

The lad whose lunch was used by Jesus to feed the 5000 tells his story. (Authors: Pete Smithies & Andy Lund.)

Blessed Are They

Dur: 7min

D

1M

Doubting Thomas tells his story in this monologue. (Author: Darryl McCollum)

Born Again

Dur: 4min

D

1M

A monologue in which Nicodemus talks of his discussion with Christ about being born again. He realizes Jesus is the Son of God and that the world will change forever. (Author: Chris Clement)

Bruce's Flood

Dur: 10min

L

3M, 1F, 1M/F

Two Australian kangaroos meet up and reminisce about Noah's Ark. (Author: Trevor Fletcher)

By Night

Dur: 7min

D

1M

Nicodemus has been invited, at some risk to all concerned, to meet with the disciples for the first time. He has heard rumours of the resurrection, but it is a tense time for followers of Jesus. Though their backgrounds are very dissimilar, Nicodemus and the disciples have their profound encounters with Jesus in common. (Author: Jim Hatherly)

Came Darkness: The Curse of Job

Dur: 60-90min

H

2M, 4M/F

John Donne delivers a Lenten sermon to King James and his court on a text from Job. Donne introduces and comments on the dialogue between Job and his 'friends' (accusers). Gradually, Donne is drawn into the dialogue himself, and confides his own fears. God speaks, and Job is reconciled. Eight years later, Donne delivers his last sermon, and he also is reconciled, after a fashion. (Author: Terence Kuch)

College Stew

Dur: 17min

D

6M, 2F, 2M/F

This is a murder mystery or another who dun it. As the four scenes are acted out, determine who attempted murder. Also determine who each character is in the Bible, because in truth this is an anology of a well known Bible story. Have fun. (Author: Debra Coughlin)

Cooking with Shadrach, Meschach and Abednego

Dur: 7min

L

3M

Come and enjoying cooking with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. Take a journey with television's latest celebrity chefs from within the fiery furnace. Learn how to cook and fire a pot at the same time, and other important culinary skills. (Author: Paul E. Russell)

Dark Threads

Dur: 5min

D

1M

A short monologue from the perspective of Job and the difficulties he faced. NOTE: An audio intro is attached that would make this useable for a response to Hurricane Katrina. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

David & Goliath (well...sort of)

Dur: 10min

L

7+M, 2+M/F

What could have happened if David had decided to rely on King Saul's armour instead of relying on God. (Author: Janelle Ponte)

Deceptive Tendencies - the 20/20 Program

Dur: 12min

D

3N, 2F, 1M/F

News magazine programs are very popular these days. We took a popular news program and placed it placed roughly 2000 years BC. The story follows the trail of deception in the story of Jacob and Esau. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Doctor, Doctor

Dur: 7min

L

2M

A humorous look inside the office of a doctor feeling the financial pinch as Jesus heals the sick for free. (Author: Paul E. Russell)

Double Blessing

Dur: 7min

D

1M, 1F

A meeting between the synagogue leader whose daughter was healed by Jesus, and the woman healed of a haemorrhage. (Author: Jim Hatherly)

Dr Cold Bath

Dur: 7min

L

1M

An ancient scholar lectures on Jonah, the reluctant missionary. (Author: Derek Wenmoth)

Dragnet/Fugitive

Dur: 10min

L

1M, 4+M/F, 1N

A spoof based on three different television shows designed to tell the story of Jonah in a humorous way. (Author: Glenn Hascall)

Drill Lesson

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1F, 2M/F

The parable of the sower and the seed presented by an Army sergeant. (Author: Andy Lund)

Elijah and the Raven

Dur: 7min

L

1M, 1M/F

Elijah is sitting in a depressed state after his victory over the Baal priests, when a raven comes to minister to him. (Author: John Fewings)

Elisha and the Appointinator

Dur: 30min?

L

The story of Elisha's commissioning by Elijah, done in 'Terminator' style. Designed for congregation participation. (Author: Peter & Mary Minson)

Even Me

Dur: 6min

D

1F

A monologue about the night Mary Magdalene poured a jar of costly perfume on Jesus’ feet.  Mary describes the pain and humiliation of that night and how Jesus turned it into hope, freedom and forgiveness for her. (Author: Joanne Miller)

Exodus Stage Left

Dur: 6min

L

1M, 1VO

God commands Moses to lead his people out of Egypt, but Moses is afraid he might fail. (A paraphrase of Exodus three and four with modern language and a touch of comedy.) (Author: Stan Peal)

Father's Heart

Dur: 60min+

D

7F, 4M 4M/F +V

'Father's Heart' is a story of relationships between people: there are people who oppress others, those who are hurt by them; there are those who are indifferent to the suffering they see, and there are others who care. Primarily it is the story of two very different sisters and the Father who loves them equally. The younger of two daughters is sick of working in her father's orchard business and leaves her father and sister to make a name for herself in the city. Her father sets out to find her, doesn't succeed, but finds and forgives a private investigator who has wronged him. He also rescues someone from the merciless private investigator. Later, when his daughter is mugged, she is aided by the same rescued someone who has learned to 'pass on grace.' On returning home she finds her father ever-loving. You'll have no trouble recognizing the main story as that of 'the Prodigal Son'. You will also likely recognize 'a good Samaritan' among the characters. Besides these two well-known parables, there are five others that crop up at other points in the play. (Authors: Robin & Delwyn McKenzie)

Feeling the Heat

Dur: 6min

D

1M, 1M/F

Simon Peter tells why he denied Jesus in the courtyard of the High Priest. (Author: Andy Lund)

Fight Night

Dur: 5min

L

1N (+ 2M opt.)

A modernisation and humorous look at the David and Goliath story, commentated as for a current-day boxing match. Welcome to Fight Night; the biggest fight in history is now telecast live on pay for view. (Author: Paul E. Russell)

Fish and Loaves

Dur: 7min

L

1F

The proprietress of Ophelia's Kitchen is shocked to the core when the disciples put in a hurried order for food for 5000. (Author: Michelle Pitman)

Fishing

Dur: 7min

L

The story of the first encounter between Peter and Jesus. A narration, with audience participation. (Authors: Peter & Mary Minson)

Forgiveness with Legs

Dur: 7min

L

2M +V

A skit through the eyes of two market workers, the week after Jesus turned over the tables of the corrupt traders in the Temple. See how Jesus affects an entire society, not just one person. (Author: Paul E. Russell)

Four Horsemen

Dur: 6min

D

3+ M/F

A mime/dance, based on Revelation 6:1-11, Matthew 24:1-14, and "Mars", the 1st movement from "The Planets", by Gustav Holst. (Author: John McNeil)

Getting the Message

Dur: 8min

L

1M, 1M?F, 1N

The parable of the Sower and the Seed in modern setting among the branch offices of a large corporation. (Author: John McNeil)

Gideon and the Angel

Dur: 10min

L

1M, 1M/F

Dramatisation of the story from Judges. This scene is taken from a full-length musical, "Gideon", written by John Fewings (with musical assistance from Paul Carlile and Chris Wormald). Although part of a longer work, the sketch does stand on its own.

Gone Fishin'

Dur: 7min

L

2M/F

A satirical look ate the parting at the red sea from the perspective of two jelly fish, Barry & Larry. (Author: Paul E. Russell)

Good to the Last Drop

Dur: 9min

L

1F, 2M, 2M/F

A rather black humour look at the story of Ananias and Sapphira. (Author: Steve Gilham)

Great Graffiti - Shame about the Message

Dur: 9min

L

4+M, 1F

A companion script to "Speak up and get on", and "Signed, Sealed and Delivered". Daniel is brought in to interpret the writing on the wall at Belshazzar's feast. (Andy Lund)

Guess Who's Coming To Dinner

Dur: 7min

L

2M, 1F

Zacchaeus unexpectedly brings home visitors for dinner. His wife Lucy is not quite prepared for visitors. Especially one in particular. (Author: Kathy Graffe)

Hannah

Dur: 3min

D

1F

A monologue based on 1 Samuel 1, relating what true prayer and dependence on God looks like. (Author: Randall Johnson)

Hannah and Penninah

Dur: 6min

D

2F, 8C

An argument develops between the two women when Penninah discovers that Hannah has left three-year-old Samuel in the care of the priest Eli. (Author: Linda Wyke)

Harvesting for Beginners

Dur: 5min

L

1M, 4M/F

A spoof lecture on agriculture provides a satire on the parable of the harvest. (Author: Andy Lund)

Hey Joe

Dur: 60min

L

14M, 1F, 8M/F

A musical telling the story of Jonah and his voyage to Ninevah. Suitable for school performance. (Authors: Robin & Delwyn McKenzie)

Here Comes the Judge

Dur: Various

D

Various

A series of 6 short plays based on the book of Judges and designed originally for classroom use with students of lower ability of about 13 years of age. (Author: Pete Smithies)

House Building 101

Dur: 10min

L

2M

The two builders of the house on the sand and the house on the rock get together. (Author: Michael Humphrey)

How To Feed A Party Of 5000

Dur: 10min

L

2M, 1V

A TV chef is flummoxed when he discovers the ingredients he had been expecting for today's show are missing. (Author: Susan Cowsar)

I Want You, Moses!

Dur: 10min

L

1M, 1V

A rather "smart alecky" Moses has a conversation with the God of the burning bush. (Author: Kevin Penner)

In the Beginning

Dur: 15min

L

1M, 1F

An audience participation skit on the creation story from Genesis. (Author: John Cosper Jr)

It's Anybody's Guess

Dur: 12min

L

4M, 1F

This sketch is loosely based on the "What's my line?" TV program. "The good shepherd who gives his life for the sheep" is being mimed, while the panel tries to guess his occupation. (Author: John Fewings)

Jacob's Best Man

Dur: 5min

L

1M

Jacob planned every aspect of his wedding and everything went according to plan except he married the wrong girl. The wedding feast however still had to be eaten and so the best man still had to make his speech. (Author: Paul E. Russell)

Job

Dur: 8min

D

5M, 1F, 1M/F

The story of Job, centred around a Monopoly game. (Author: Greg Brook)

Joe and the Good Samaritan

Dur: 6min

D

2M, 3M/F + V

A modern-day version of the Good Samaritan story, in which a former CEO tries to find a job. (Author: Casey Corless)

Jonah and the Psychiatrist

Dur: 7min

L

2M

Trying to avoid his call to Ninevah, Jonah takes his troubles to a psychiatrist. (Author: Kevin Penner)

Jonah and the Whale

Dur: 8min

L

2M/F

A very low-budget (and slightly warped) retelling of the story of Jonah. (Authors: Ed and Zach Deforest)

Joseph (This is Your Life)

Dur: 20min

L

Joseph, family, etc

A 'This is Your Life' treatment of the life of Joseph. (Author: Andy Lund)

Joseph's Story

Dur: 8min

L

5M/F

A "quick-change" version of the story of Joseph, designed for only five players. (Author: Annette Wetherbee)

Justice for Carmen

Dur: 5min

D

1M, 1VO

A retelling of the parable of the widow and the Judge found in Luke 18:1-8. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Lambchop

Dur: 10min

D

1N, 1M, 1M/F

Psalm 23 from the sheep's point of view. (I performed this with a sheep puppet as the other character. But it may be done with two people.) (Author: Mike Poole)

Li'l David

Dur: 7min

L

1M

The story of David and Goliath, in urban teen American street talk. (Author: J'son M. Lee)

Lazarus, Friend of Jesus

Dur: 90min ?

D

12M, 3F, 3M/F +V

Imagine being friends with a simple carpenter, only to find out one day that this seemingly ordinary man was, in fact, the Messiah. Imagine learning that your friend is more than just a man: He can heal lepers, He can call crowds of thousands, He can move hearts with just a word, and He has made powerful enemies. What would it be like to be this man's friend as all this goes on? What would it be like to grow ill and need your friend's healing? You grow sicker, but your friend never arrives to help you. What would it be like to lay dying and have your friend, the one who could save you with a word, not show up? How would you feel? Angry? Betrayed? Would you still have faith? (Author: Charles B. French)

Lazarus of Bethany

Dur: 7min

D

1M

A monologue based on the experience of Lazarus being raised from the dead, and his relationship with Jesus. The main point of this monologue is the personal relationship that Lazarus has with Jesus, his salvation and eternal life. (Author: Doug Boatright)

Mars Hill

Dur: 8min

D

7M/F +V

Paul sends an email to his friends, telling them of his experiences among the Athenians. (Author: Ron VandenBurg)

Matthew's Taxing Time

Dur: 7min

L

4M

A humorous telling of the calling of Matthew, the disciple. (Author: Trevor Fletcher)

M&M's Bed & Breakfast

Dur: 12min

D

2F

A modern day look at the lives of Mary and Martha, set in a quaint bed and breakfast establishment in the 21st century. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Mind Over Matrix

Dur: 6min

D

2M, 2M/F

A multimedia presentation based on the film, The Matrix, which asks questions about the nature of reality. References to the encounter of Jesus and Nicodemus. (Author: John McNeil)

Miriam in the Bullrushes

Dur: 60min?

D

The story of Moses' birth from the women's perspective. Can be used as the theme of a church service. (Authors: Peter & Mary Minson)

Moses and the Burning Bush

Dur: 10min

L

1M

A monologue on Moses' encounter with the burning bush, rather in the style of Bill Cosby. (Joey Bauer)

Moses Vs The Burning Bush

Dur: 7min

L

2M

A humorous re-telling of the familiar Bible story, to show that anyone can be used by God regardless of weaknesses, self-doubt and excuses. (Author: Theodore Wright)

Mr Festival

Dur: 10min

L

1M

Jesus' miracle of turning the water into wine, as seen by the Master of Ceremonies at the marriage feast. (Author: Helen McNeil)

My Father's Will

Dur: 10min

D

1M, 1F, 1M/F

A father is informed that his wayward son has been in a potentially life shattering accident.  As the story unfolds, the father shows his love and compassion for a prodigal son who doesn’t deserve it.  The embittered younger sister is more than eager to point this out.  The father’s love for his son prevails as does the life of his son, Will. (Author: Eric Stapleton)

My God is Bigger than Your God

Dur: 7min

D

The discussion between King Ahab and Jezebel following Elijah's victory on Mount Carmel. (Author: Marc Harrison)

New Life for Old Bones

Dur: 8min

D

1M

In this monologue, Ezekiel tells a little about life in Babylon and a lot about the Valley of Dry Bones. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Nicodemus, This is Your Life

Dur: 10min

L

2M, 1F, 1M/F

Nicodemus finds it hard to get a word in edgeways, even though he's the guest of honour in This Is Your Life. (Author: Andy Lund)

Noah and His Ark (well...sort of)

Dur: 8min

L

5M, 1F, 2M/F

A funny little skit that shows what could have happened if Noah had listened to his wife instead of to God. (Author: Janelle Ponte)

Noah and the Rainbow Ark

Dur: 20min / 50min

D

8M, 4F, 8M/F

Noah and his family are hard-working, honourable people, in contrast to the "wild people" of the valley. God is angry with these "wild people" who are spoiling the world by littering, fighting, stealing etc. Noah must build an ark to preserve each species of animal and to save his family and thus mankind. The "wild people" are sceptical and conflict occurs when they attempt to destroy the ark. (Author: Freddie Green)

Noah : Mission Flotation

Dur: 10min

L

6M, 1F, 1M/F

The story of Noah as told through the medium of a news magazine television show. Could easily be used for a puppet team. (Glenn A. Hascall)

Noah's Wife

Dur: 4min

D

3F

Noah's wife, Arla (name made up) meets up with some women in the marketplace as she makes final preparations for the ark. (Author: Heather Adams)

One Foot In The Future

Dur: 7min

L

2M/F

Come on! You say Abraham was 99 when God told him he would have a son? Are you sure you are considering his needs as an aged person? (Author: Andy Lund)

Operation Tall Justice

Dur: 5min

D

6M

Operation Tall Justice is put into place after a threat of terrorism. What will be the final response? (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

Ophelia and the Alive Again Feast

Dur: 10min

D

1F

Ophelia the caterer is preparing a feast to celebrate the resurrection of Lazarus. (Author: Michelle Pitman)

Outcasts

Dur: 12min

D

1N, 2M

Our lives can be changed radically in a few moments, or by events that we did not expect. This script contrasts the condition of the leper in Biblical times with a modern day prisoner. Both are outcasts, in need of understanding and healing. Adapted from “The Ultimate Outcast” by Max Lucado in The Touch of God. (Author: Chrystal Sanders)

Parable of the Merciless Teacher

Dur: 8min

D

4M/F

The parable of the unforgiving servant, in a school setting. (Author: Greg Brook)

Parable of the Sower

Dur: 7min

L

 

There's a group of farmers dedicated to obtaining equal rights for roads to grow seed. A humorous look at the parable of the sower. (Author: Steven Muir)

Paul and the Psychiatrist

Dur: 7min

D

2M

The Apostle Paul has been requested to see a psychiatrist. (Author: Andy Lund)

Pentecost

Dur: 7min

D

1M/F

An anonymous disciple and witness to the first Pentecost tells their story. (Author: Jim Hatherly)

Pentecost Rap

Dur: 3min

D

V

A short rap based on the events of Acts 2. (Author: Nick Clarke)

Peter

Dur: 6min

D

1M, 1M/F

Peter is interviewed by a radio host shortly after his early encounters with Jesus. (Author: Andy Lund)

Peter in Prison

Dur: 8min

L

3M, 1F, 6M/F

A humorous telling of the story of Peter's escape from prison. (Author: Warren Judkins)

Peter's Confession

Dur: 10min

D

1F

A young woman, who was a slave in the household of Cornelius, heard the incredible story of Peter and of a man called Jesus. She pondered the decision she would make about Jesus. (Author: Fred Lane)

Poirot and the Mystery of the Missing Body

Dur: 10min

D

6M

Hercule Poirot, the famous Belgian detective, investigates the resurrection. (Author: Ray Markham)

Prodigal Bus Boy

Dur: 10min

L

5M, 1N

A modern day retelling of the parable of the Prodigal Son. (Author: Glenn Hascall)

Prodigal Son

Dur: 7min

L

1N, 3M, 3M/F

The story of the prodigal son, done in light-hearted modern style. (Author: Cheryl Campen)

Proverbs 31 Woman!

Dur: 7min

L

2/3M. 1F

When two mates meet in a pub for a sociable drink, one extolls the virtues of his wife. Obvious references to a well-known New Zealand TV commercial. An

American version of this script is also available. (Author: Gwyneth Bedford)

Sacrificing Mercy

Dur: 7min

D

2M/F

Two people invited to dine with Matthew have very different views about the propriety of going. (Author: Michelle Pitman)

Sam The Man

Dur: 10min

D

 1N + V

A modern-day version of the story of Samson. (Author: Derek Wenmoth)

Samson - Hair Today and Gone Tomorrow

Dur: 60min?

L

The story of Samson adapted for Narrator and congregational improvisation. (Authors: Peter & Mary Minson)

Sarai

Dur: 3min

D

1F

Abram's wife shows how not to pray or depend on God. (Author: Randall Johnson)

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

Dur: 7min

L

2M

This is a companion script to "Speak up and get on". King Darius has been tricked into making a decree that his subjects should not worship anyone but himself. Now his agonising at how he has been tricked into throwing Daniel into the lion's den. (Andy Lund)

Sowing in Tears

Dur: 7min

D

1M, l F

A successful businessman is angry when he discovers his wife is giving away his money. An allegory based on the story of the Rich Young Ruler. (Author: John McNeil)

Speak Up and Get On

Dur: 10min

L

5+M

Daniel and his 3 friends convince a Babylonian court official to let them eat different food from the other candidates for King Nebuchadnezzar's service. (Author: Andy Lund)

Spilt Milk

Dur: 6min

D

2M, 4M/F

An updated version of the Parable of the Good Samaritan, done in modern clothes. (Author: Jenny Mitchell)

Start Packing

Dur: 8min

D

4M/F

An updated version of the Parable of the Talents, set in a modern office. (Author: Jenny Mitchell)

Tall Timber

Dur: 7min

L

2M, 6M/F

A mimed version of the story of Zaccheus. (Author: Michele Pitman)

Ten Lepers

Dur: 30min

D

4M, 6F

Ten people stricken with leprosy leave their homes to begin a new life at a leper colony. When they hear that Jesus is teaching nearby, they venture out in the hope of being healed. Repelled by the crowds, they stumble upon a way to get close to Jesus and have their lives transformed. (Author: Kent Suss)

Ten Little Groupies

Dur: 7min

L

10F, 1M

A group of girls have won a recent radio competition to party backstage with a very famous rock star.  Some of the girls didn't read the fine print in the competition rules and are less than prepared! The girls are milling about around the back stage door waiting, not so patiently, to go in. (Author: Michele Pitman)

The Adulteress

Dur: 5min

D

1F

The woman caught in adultery tells her story. (Author: Maggi Normile)

The Ambiguity Zone

Dur: 12min

L

2M, 3M/F

A humorous look at the story of Jonah, based on the TV program "The Twilight Zone". When we find ourselves in a fix, prayer is the first line of defense. (Author: Christin Kuck)

The Anointing

Dur: 7min

D

2M/F

A present day news cast that revisits the story of Mary kissing the feet of Jesus. (Author: Fred Lane)

The Arch

Dur: 5min

L

Up to 10 M/F

A mime on the theme that Jesus is the capstone of the building. (Author: Michele Pitman)

The Chair

Dur: 5min

L

1M, 2M/F

The parable of the banquet ( Luke 14:7-11) done in humorous style. (Author: Annette Wetherbee)

The Chat Room

Dur: 10min

D

3M, 2M/F

Three friends of Bob chat to him in an internet chat room about his life and why bad things have been happening to him. When the mysterious papabear enters they all react differently to his perception of the situation. This short play is a look at different views of suffering in the world in the context of today's internet technology. (Author: Lachlan Meurer)

The Durrington Parables

Various

D

Various

A series of interconnected parables, with a call to Christians to have a heart of compassion for the people of the place where they live, just as Jesus was moved to tears over his beloved Jerusalem. (Author: Andy Lund)

The Eye of the Needle

Dur: 4min

L

2M

Reuben is trying, with much heaving and grunting, to push an overloaded camel through a narrow gate. The camel is an optional extra! (Author: Trevor Fletcher)

The First Love Story

Dur: 10min

L

1M, 1F

A humorous and touching rendering of the story of Adam and Eve from creation to Eve's death, from the perspective of their individual "diaries." Purpose: To put some contemporary issues about families and couples into a different context for evaluation and consideration. (Author: John Wayne Samples)

The Greatest Story Ever Told

Dur: 15min

L

2N, 6M/F

This 15-20 minute drama aims to tell the basic storyline of the whole Bible, using two Narrators and four main actors who mime their parts. (Author: Melinda Cousins)

The King's Invitation

Dur: 6min

L

1M, 7M/F

Jesus' parable of the King's invitation to a feast, declined by all those first invited (Matthew 22). (Author: Warren Judkins)

The Leper

Dur: 6min

D

1F

A monologue from the perspective of the one leper (in this case, a woman) who sought out Jesus to give Him thanks. (Author: Barbara Tarro)

The Leper Skit

Dur: 15min

L

3M, 3M/F

A light-hearted look at a rather dark part of Israel's history, when the country was beseiged by the Syrians. (Author: Kevin Penner)

The Light of the World

Dur: 3min

D

1M

The blind man recounts being given sight by Jesus. (Author: Chris Clement)

The Lion Tamers

Dur: 7min

L

2M +V

Daniel had no idea the impact his actions would have on the taming industry. After spending a night in the lion's den, the humble lion tamer was changed forever. 'The Lion Tamers' focuses on Neil & Drew, two out-of-work lion tamers trying to cope in an all-new world. (Author: Paul E. Russell)

The Man Born Blind

Dur: 7min

D

4M/F, 1M

The story from Luke's gospel. (Author: Andy Lund)

The Mouse and the Money

Dur: 7min

L

4M/F

The fable of the Town Mouse and the Country Mouse is used to illustrate the parable of the Rich Fool. (Author: Michelle Pitman)

The News About Noah

Dur: 15min

L

10C

Retelling the story of Noah using a television news broadcast. (Authors: Derek Conrad, Kara Kaufman, Kelsey Kaufman, Fran Rempel, Deb Rempel)

The Not So Wise Men

Dur: 30-45min

D

11m, 5f, 3m/f

Two other magi arrive in Bethlehem, 33 years too late to give their gifts to Baby Jesus. Trying to find the man, they learn about His ministry and the real reason for His birth. Keywords: Easter, miracles, life of Jesus, ministry. (Author: Brian Alleyne)

The Parable of the Caring American

Dur: 7min

D

1N, 2M, 3F, 1C

In a modern day adaptation of the parable of the Good Samaritan, 'Barb', a business woman, receives news of the destruction of her office while she is on the road.  She stops to cry in a rest stop and she is encountered by three people, each with different reactions. The last person is the 'Caring American.' (Author: Fred Lane)

The Parable of the Lost Daughter

Dur: 7min

L

2N, 3F

The parable of the lost child set in the Wild West (with a slight change of gender). (Author: Andy Lund)

The Parable of the Talents

Dur: 10min

D

3M/F

A Readers Theatre script on the parable of the talents, and the use of gifts. (Author: Mike Treachler)

The Peasant Queen

Dur: 40min

D

7M, 5F

A modern rendition of the story of Esther, Queen of Persia. (Author: Aruneshwar Singh & Mark Harris)

The Pottery, Pliable

Dur: 10min

D

1M, 4+M/F

A combination Mime/Drama. The mime players represent disobedient clay in the workshop of the Master Potter as narration and music sew the scene together in this visual demonstration of what it means to have clay honor the Potter's wisdom by their obedience. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

The Price of Labour

Dur: 6min

L

1N, 1M, 3M/F

A retelling of the parable of the vineyard owner who hires labourers at differing times of day. (Author: Andy Lund)

The Prodigal Father

Dur: 6min

H

1N

Once upon a time a father ran away from his two sons. There were tragic consequences, but there is hope at the end. This can be done as a monologue, or a mime with narration. (Author: John McNeil)

The Prodigal's Song

Dur: 1hr 45min

D

9M, 3F, 4M/F, +V

The story of the Prodigal Son, done as a musical set in the Prohibition Era (1920s/30s) (John Pattison)

The Seige of Samaria

Dur: 20min?

D

Narrative based on 2 Kings 6:24 - 7:20. (Authors: Peter & Mary Minson)

The Shrewd Manager

Dur: 8min

L

4M, 2M/F

A humorous telling of the parable of the shrewd manager. (Author: Trevor Fletcher)

The Smooth Operator

Dur: 6min

L

The parable of the dishonest steward, in modern form. (Author: Peter Minson)

The Story of Jesus (Part 1 - the early years)

D

A harmony of the Gospels, in simple English suitable for new readers, compiled by John McNeil. "The Story of Jesus" contains material from all four Gospels. Everything in the Gospels is included; however, where verses from two different Gospels are virtually identical, only one has been chosen. Where two verses contain similar material, but from different viewpoints, they are harmonised as best as possible.

The Temptation Bowl

Dur: 7min

D

5M, 3F

Jesus and Satan square off in the Temptation Bowl, via the broadcast by BSPN, the Biblical Sports Programming Network. A good one to use on Super Bowl Sunday. (Author: Don Ebberts)

The Temptation of Brenda in the Wilderness

Dur: 12min

L

1M, 1F

Brenda has just come to the end of 40 days spent in the wilderness, trying to decide her mission in life. She is more modern woman than the Messiah, but Satan still comes off second best. Author's note: The inspiration for the piece is Matthew 4:1-11. I thought to myself, "Now, how would I have reacted to those temptations?" And then pushed it from there. (Author: Katherine Dubois)

The Treasure

Dur: 7min

L

2M, 2F

A retelling of the parable of the man who found a treasure in a field. (Author: Kevin Penner)

The Two Healings

Dur: 5min

D

2N + V

Based on Luke 8:40-56 - the story of Jairus' daughter, and the woman in the crowd. (Author: John McNeil)

The Unicorns

Dur: 6min

L

2M/F

Robert and Rudy, two unicorns left behind by Noah and the ark, question how they found themself in this nasty predicament. (Author: Paul E. Russell)

The Widow's Offering

Dur: 6min

L

1F

A humorous tale of vanity and sacrifice based on the parable of the widow's mite. (Author: Linda Goff)

The Woman of Samaria

Dur: 7min

D

1F, 1M/F

The woman met by Jesus is interviewed by a radio presenter. (Author: Andy Lund)

The Word

Dur: 90min-120min?

D

11+M, 3+F, 5+M/F

A rock opera, telling the story of Jesus' life, death and resurrection, taken directly from the scriptures. (Author: Lionel De Leon)

The Workers

Dur: 7min

L

4M, 1M/F

A modern setting of the parable in Matthew 20:1-16. (Author: Dan Wilson)

Thirsty!

Dur: 7min

D

1F, 2M, 3+M/F

A mimed version of the story of Jesus and the woman at the well, with references to Moses bringing water from a rock. (Author: Michele Pitman)

Trust in a Trunk

Dur: 10min

L

1N

A humorous look at trusting God through the eyes of several Biblical characters. Can be performed as monologue or with several people. (Author: Ryne Mimbs)

Up, Up and Away!

Dur: 30min

L

4M, 5C

Flavius, an overweight, not-to-bright centurion, is on a quest - a quest to find the risen Christ! Rumors have it that he's been seen all around the city. . . so Flavius enlists the help of some of Jerusalem's street 'urchins' to help him find Jesus before he goes back to heaven! Along the way the children learn about the real reason Christ came, and also a thing or two about disabilities. This fun musical features two solos, and and great accompaniment trax. Good for right AFTER Easter! (Author: Ray Lombardi)

Valley of Dry Bones

Dur: 7min

D

1N, 2M, 7M/F

A dramatic telling of the Vision of the Valley of Dry Bones. Could be done as a Readers Theatre. (Author: Cleveland McLeish)

Waiting for Redman

Dur: 10min

D

4M

A modernised interpretation of Jacob's meeting with Esau. An event that forced Jacob to face and wrestle with his demons before God and which I think finally led him to faith in God. (Author: Paul Clark)

We Don't Speak the Lingo!

Dur: 4min

L

6+ M

A different look at what happened in the upper room at Pentecost. (Acts 2) (Author: Sheila Hamil)

We're Waiting, Werner

Dur: 5min

L

2M

The Israelites are crossing the Red Sea with the entire Egyptian army hot on their heels. One Israelite with thick glasses (Werner) has fallen behind and now is searching for something on the ground. Moses has sent one of his bravest men back to see what the hold up is. (Author: Mark Harris)

Wicked Ruler

Dur: 8min

D

1M, 3 M/F

The temptations of Jesus in the wilderness, with 3 characters representing the 3 temptations. (Author: John Cosper Jr)

Wind from Ramah

Dur: 30min

D

2M, 3F, +V

Rejected by her husband of seven years in favor of her younger sister, Leah takes extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of the embryos she and her husband, Jake, left in storage after an unsuccessful attempt at in-vitro fertilization. She arranges for a memorial service for the non-viable embryos at the church that her family attended when she was a child. There she meets the church's Pastor, who comes to her assistance when she subsequently learns that she has cancer and needs to tell her ex-husband and sister, Rachel, about the existence of their children. (Author: Vera S. Scott)

Wise and Foolish Builders

Dur: 7min

L

Less of a modernization, a slight satire - more of a dramatization of the parable of the wise and foolish builders. (Author: Peter Marshall)

With Arms Wide Open

Dur: 60min?

D

Large cast

The story of Jesus and the early church as seen through the eyes of the apostle Luke. (Authors: Peg Barnell, Linda Coburn, Rich Gerber, Cindy Studebaker)

Women Unlimited

Dur: 7min

L

 

Monty Python-style version of Jesus and the woman at the well. (Author: Peter Marshall)

Worldwide Flood

Dur: 5min

L

1M

A humorous monologue telling the story of the flood from the perspective of Noah - who wasn't at all sure he was up to the task. (Author: Glenn A. Hascall)

You Were There

Dur: 4min

D

4M, 3M/F

This is a pantomimed drama, with symbolic meaning. Its purpose is to promote the healthy spiritual habit of worship. (Author: Mark Shell)

Zacchaeus

Dur: 4min

D

1N

A Broom Puppet monologue telling the story of Zacchaeus. (Author: Anne Smith)

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