Summary: Jesus sends the disciples Matthew and John to get a donkey prior to his Palm Sunday entrance into Jerusalem.
Style: Light-hearted.  Duration: 12min
Scripture: Matthew 21, Mark 11
Actors: 4M

JOHN: Disciple – smart, organised, conscientious, bit stressed – wearing a coat with clipboard and pen.
MATT: Disciple - Matthew – fashionable, casual, cool, designer clothes with ipod & earphones.
JESUS: Himself - no coat.
MR COATES: Owner of the donkey. Big personality, rough, aggressive, with a Cockney accent (perhaps Bronx in US terms).


[Enter Jesus, walks from stage left to right and off stage again He is on his way to Jerusalem, he is frowning and looking a bit preoccupied. Enter John consulting his notes on clipboard. Enter Matt catching him up.]

MATT: [Looking worried] Hey John, I want to talk to you [John stops]

JOHN: What’s up Matt?

MATT: That’s Jerusalem up ahead, isn’t it [he points across the stage]

JOHN: Yes. What d’you want to talk about?

MATT: Why does Jesus keep talking about dying? Last time we were coming along this very road, Jesus was saying he’d be betrayed, captured and killed!

JOHN: I remember. Yeah, though don’t forget about the best bit – he said he’d rise again.

MATT: I know he said that, but when you’re dead you’re dead, man.

JOHN: Well…you know Jesus, the normal rules don’t apply with him. Anything’s possible.

MATT: I’m scared man. You don’t suppose what he said will happen when we get to Jerusalem do you?
[Jesus enters stage from the right coming towards them]

JOHN: [noticing Jesus] Keep it down, Matt. Jesus is coming this way.

JESUS: Hi guys.

MATT: Hi Jesus.

JOHN: Hello, Lord.

JESUS: Boys, I need you to do something for me.

MATT & JOHN: [together] Anything.

JESUS: I want you to get me a colt (pronounced cowt – with silent letter L, but still sounding like the word colt)

MATT: Cool.

JESUS: I’ll give you the details, John.
[Matt turns on the music on his ipod and moving away from the others bops and sings along to it]

JOHN: [gets his clipboard and pen and writes on it] Get a colt. OK. Where from?

JESUS: Do you see that village up ahead, over the next two hills?

JOHN: [writing it down] Village, over two hills, right.

JESUS Just as you enter, turn right.

JOHN: Enter the village, on the right.

JESUS: Turn right.

JOHN: Sorry, turn right. [Prods Matt whose singing is disturbing his concentration] Matt. Keep it down, I’m trying to concentrate.

MATT: Oh, sorry [continues to listen silently to ipod – not distracting the audience]

JESUS: Go down the road for a bit and you’ll see the colt tied up on the left.

JOHN: What’s a colt?

JESUS: A young donkey.

JOHN: How do you know it’ll be there? [he look at Jesus, who smiles knowingly] Sorry. [John prods Matt again] You have to listen, too!

MATT: [he takes ipod earphones off] Cool, shoot!

JOHN: [reads back the instructions from his paper] Get to the village over two hills, turn right, go along for a bit, find the colt on the left.

JESUS: Untie it and bring it to me. If anyone asks you why you are taking it, tell them the Lord needs it.

JOHN: Yes, Lord. [to Matt] Did you get all that Matt?

MATT: [nodding] Sure man…tell them the Lord needs it.

JESUS: [whispers to John] Keep Matt out of mischief.

JOHN: Will do. So you’ll catch us up then?

JESUS: Yes, then we can go into Jerusalem together. [They part, waving goodbye. Jesus exits to the left, John and Matt

walk slowly, then turn and walk back, then turn again]

MATT: Why does Jesus want us to get him a coat?

JOHN: [oblivious that Matt said coat, not colt] I don’t know, but it is obviously an important job. [Matt and John exit L]

[Stage hands puts on R of stage a donkey with string tying it to a post/hat stand and a coat hanging on the post]

[Enter Matt and John]

JOHN: [He consults his instructions] Right, we’ve been over two hills, turned right, the road must be here. It should be somewhere here on the left.

MATT: [feigns surprise at seeing them suddenly appear] Ooh look. There it is. Hey John …what if someone thinks we are stealing it?

JOHN: It’ll be fine. Come on. [He reaches for the string to untie the colt.]

MATT: [Matt steps in front of him and stops him, taking hold of the string] What you doin’?

JOHN: Getting the colt [grabs the string off Matt]

MATT: Jesus said coat man. This is the coat [he holds up the coat]

JOHN: No, he didn’t. He said colt - a young donkey [They start to argue about it, getting louder and louder, almost coming to a punch up. Enter Mr Coates, unseen by Matt and John. He stands nearby, arms folded, watching fascinated. Matt and John take hold of the colt and coat again]

MR COATES: Oy you two! [Matt and John stop arguing and look at him] What d’you think your’ doing with my Mary? [Matt and John look puzzled] Mary – my donkey….and my coat? [Matt steps up in front of Mr Coates hands on hips trying to stand up to him]

MR COATES: [peering down at Matt] I’ve got a black belt in judo if you’re thinking of any funny business.

JOHN: [He pushes Matt away from Mr Coates, takes the coat from Matt and puts it back] It’s all right Matt. Sorry Mr…?

MR COATES: Mr Coates [Matt and John start to giggle about his name, Ad lib: saying coats, colts, good name for him etc] Oy! What you two laughing at? Something funny?

MATT Nothing man. We just came for the…

JOHN: [interrupting] ..for the colt.

MR COATES: Who do you think you are? Coming here stealing my animal! What makes you think I’m gonna let you have it? Yeah, well, I think I will let you have it! [ie beat you up. He approaches the disciples fists raised aggressively. They back away] Anyway, why do you want it?

MATT: Er, er [in a moment of inspiration he suddenly remembers what Jesus said] The Lord needs it.

MR COATES: [he drops his fists and puts his hands out to shake hands with them] Oh, why didn’t you say so in the first place. If Jesus needs it he can have it.

JOHN: [relieved] Oh thanks Matt, I’m glad you remembered what to say.

MR COATES: [he hands to colt to John] Give Jesus my regards.

MATT: [reaches up for the coat] Hey man, mind if I take this, too?

JOHN: What you doing, Matt?

MATT: In case Jesus did say coat. It would be embarrassing if you were wrong John.

MR COATES: You want the coat, too? Here, take it. It’s only an old one. It’s a bit smelly though. [he gives it to Matt, and Matt smells it and grimaces] I throw it over Mary when I ride her. It keeps me from getting all itchy underneath.

MATT: What a good idea! [Matt throws the coat over the colt, then wipes his hands on his trousers to get rid of the smell].I’ll throw mine over, too [He takes his coat off and does. They set off slowly walking with the colt towards L stage. Matt turns back and shouts to Mr Coates] Bye, Mr Colts

MR COATES: [shouts] Mr Coates! [muttering] People are always mixing me up with Mr Colts. [He exits R]
[Matt puts his ipod on again and starts bopping. John and he stop walking]

JOHN:        What you listening to?

MATT: Little donkey. D’you know the song man? Wanna to listen? [he offers his earpiece]

JOHN: No. You can sing it to me if you like.

MATT: Okay. [sings song Little Donkey] Little donkey, little donkey on a dusty road, little donkey, she called Mary safely with her load.

JESUS: [enters from L] Thanks lads. I hope you didn’t have any trouble [they look at each other and the audience, shrug and shake their heads innocently] I see you’ve put a coat over the donkey for me. What a great idea.

MATT: [to John] I told you so – he wanted the coat.

JOHN: Here, have mine too [throws his coat over the colt]

JESUS: Come on everybody, let’s get going to Jerusalem. [He gets on the donkey]

MATT: [Has a look of dread. To John] This is it, John. I can sense it. The is the beginning of the end for Jesus.
[They all freeze].


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