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Summary: In a harried household, a stressed mother's two daughters experience a miracle.
Style: Dramatic.    Duration: 7min
Actors: 3F
Scripture: Matthew 14:13-21

MUM: Hassled, busy, stressed, a worrier
ANNA: Daughter – not in school uniform – a child actor if possible
EBETH: Anna’s sister – not in school uniform – a child actor if possible

Setting is in the kitchen of a house. There is a table centre stage and a box stage L as a fridge. There are 5 bread rolls, 2 paper fish and 2 small bottles of coke in the fridge. 2 Book bags, a plastic box and a rucksack. In the rucksack is a box full of scraps of bread and torn up paper (fish)


MUM:    [Calls upstairs] Come on girls. It’s half past eight, you’ll be late for school. [She puts books and envelopes  in the school bags and  gets money ready, busy in the pre-school rush]
ANNA        [Enter ANNA] Hi Mum. Can you make us a packed lunch today?
MUM        Are you not having school dinners? I’ve got your money here. [She offers ANNA money]
EBETH    [Enter EBETH laughing as she overheard] It’s Saturday Mum! No school!
MUM    [relieved] Of course. Silly me! [She sighs, then looks worried] Well I’ve got lots to do today. You will have to amuse yourselves.
ANNA        [grinning at EBETH] Yippee! What shall we do?
EBETH    [whispers] Remember, we were going to ask Mum…
ANNA        Oh yes, can we go out with Uncle Tony today?
MUM        I’m not sure what he’s doing today. Have you been plotting something?
EBETH    Yes, he’s going to see the great teacher man.
MUM        Who’s that then? [She puts the school bags away]
EBETH    Jesus! Uncle Tony says he’s going to see him up the valley today. He said we could go with him. Can we go? Please!
MUM        Why do you want to see Jesus?
EBETH    Jemma  and her Mum saw him last weekend. They said he was amazing!
MUM        I suppose so. Make sure you take your phone in case you get lost.
ANNA        We won’t get lost Mum. Don’t worry. Uncle Tony will keep us under control! [giggles]
MUM        I’ll give him a quick ring now. [She picks up a phone and dials. She exits, but can still be heard clearly, chatting with Uncle Tony and sorting out details of the day.]
EBETH    Let’s take a packed lunch. [Calls out to Mum] Mum! What can we take to eat?
MUM     [Off stage] There are the little loaves I made on Thursday if there’s any left. [She keeps talking on the phone]
ANNA        [shouts to MUM] Anything else we can take?
MUM        [off stage] I think there’s a couple of smoked mackerel – look in the fridge.
EBETH    Anything to drink?
MUM        [off stage] Coke - in the fridge – everything’s in the fridge.
ANNA        [ANNA and EBETH mime opening the fridge door. They take out the bread, fish and coke in the     box] This must be them. I’ll get a box. [She finds an empty ice cream tub]
EBETH    I’ll get my rucksack. [She finds it. They put bread, fish and coke in the box, then  in rucksack]
MUM        [Enters, clicks phone off] That’s all arranged. Uncle Tony will meet you at the bottom of the hill.
ANNA        What time?
MUM        In ten minutes. [She realises the time and starts to panic] Food ! Have you got enough?
EBETH    All sorted. Five rolls, two fish and coke – OK?
MUM        Oh, yes, good. Now have you got your phones…? [girls show phones] Remember, don’t talk to strangers and stay with Uncle Tony. If you get separated, ring him. I want you both home by five. And…
ANNA & EBETH: Be good. We know! [happily. Together:] Don’t worry Mum. Byeee! [They both kiss Mum goodbye and Exit]
MUM    [She calls after them] Bye girls. See you at teatime – no later than five o’clock. [calls out as an afterthought] Have fun!
[PLACARD: “4 hours later”]
{SOUND: Phone rings}
MUM    [Enter MUM and picks it up] Hello? Hi Anna, is Ebeth there, too? Everything all right? Good, yes. What? Someone took your lunch? No? You gave it to them? What? I can’t hear you….[She is cut off] Oh, it must be bad reception.[looking worried] I hope they are OK. [She rings Tony] Tony? Oh hi, it’s me.  Anna rang, but I got cut off, are they OK? {yes} She said something about someone taking their food? Oh, everything’s fine is it? {yes} Are they behaving themselves? {yes} Good. Have them back by five please. Thanks, give them my love. Bye Tony.
[PLACARD: “6 hours later”]
MUM         [She is pacing, phone in hand] Where are they? I said five and it’s now seven. What are they doing? They’ll be starving! [SOUND: doorbell. She is relieved] Oh thank goodness! [She opens the door and hugs both girls]
ANNA        Mummy! Sorry we’re late! You won’t believe what happened!
MUM        What? Was everything all right?
ANNA    Yes, it was fine. It was amazing! [The girls jump around with excitement] Jesus was amazing!
MUM        What happened?
EBETH    Well, we walked for ages following this massive crowd, and then Jesus stood on a big hill and talked. It was so…
ANNA        So inspiring! Mum, you should go and hear him.
MUM        What was this about someone taking your lunch?
EBETH    That was the best bit, wait for this! Jesus’s followers used our lunch to feed the whole crowd. [she jumps up and down feeling special at the thought. ANNA jumps too]
ANNA        Everyone sat down, you could see crowds of people everywhere, thousands!
EBETH    Then Jesus’s friends started walking through the crowds asking if anyone had any food.
ANNA        We were miles away from anywhere and no one else had brought any lunch.
EBETH    So I said “We’ve got some. You can have ours”, and held our box of food up.
ANNA    Then a man – he said his name was Matt, took the box, looked inside and waved to Jesus shouting “five loaves and two fishes”.
EBETH    Then Jesus called out “bring it over here!” About our food!
ANNA        Then they got us to sit in groups of 100.
EBETH    We could just see Jesus. He lifted up the fish and the bread, our food. We could just hear him couldn’t we, Anna?
ANNA        And he said a thank you prayer.
MUM        Then what?
EBETH    There was enough food for everybody. We all ate till we were full to bursting.
ANNA        There were thousands of people there and we all ate! It was so exciting!
EBETH    I’m not even hungry now!
MUM        That’s makes a change!
ANNA        But Mum, it was our food, those little loaves and the fish had somehow got…bigger. [demonstrates with arms] Uncle Tony called it… multiplying. It multiplied.
ANNA & EBETH [together] Our food! [They embrace, jumping around excitedly]
MUM    [hesitantly] Did people like it? It’s the first time I’ve made bread and those loaves were a day old.
ANNA        [grinning] Mum, they loved it .
[MUM smiles proudly]
EBETH    And guess what?
ANNA        We brought some back with us!
MUM        What?
EBETH    [She opens rucksack and shows a box full of scraps of bread and fish] Look. Even after they fed everyone, there were loads left over.
ANNA    So Jesus’ followers picked it all up. Twelve basketfuls, and gave it out for people to take home.
EBETH        Matt came over to us especially and said … [looks at ANNA]
ANNA & EBETH    [together] “Jesus says thank you. This is for you”.
ANNA    And he gave us this, [she gets the box of scraps out of rucksack] then he said … [she looks at EBETH]
ANNA & EBETH [together] “Tell your MUM she makes great bread!”
MUM         [amazed] Wow! [She looks in the box] And you’re sure you’ve not just squashed your                 lunch up because you didn’t want to eat it and made up this story as a very clever excuse?
EBETH    No, Mum. Honest, it’s the truth. Ask Uncle Tony. [she believes them]
MUM        And when did you say Jesus is coming back this way?
ANNA        Tomorrow! Can we go again Mum. Will you come with us? Please!
EBETH    [begging] Yes, please Mum.
MUM    Yes all right. We’ll go together. [excitedly, an idea occurs to her] I think I’ll make a chocolate cake and see if Jesus likes that too! Now… is anyone hungry?
ANNA & EBETH [Both shake their heads smiling] No, but we are a bit tired.
ANNA        Lets go to bed!  [She grabs EBETH’s hand and they both kiss MUM and say goodnight]
MUM    Well that does make a change. Happy to go to bed at seven o’clock? Right, now, where did I put my recipe for chocolate cake?


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