Copyright © 1992, 2001 Jane
And Mark Lewis. http://www.pottedjam.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
by Jane Lewis
"Overcrowded Christmas" was written by Jane to illustrate how the modern
trappings of Christmas can crowd the real meaning out. It was originally
written for a youth group to perform as it straightforward to choreograph
and there aren't any lengthy lines to learn. As the sketch relies on mime
and short sharp phrases it could also be used for street theatre. The format
of the sketch is taken from a similar sketch written by Simon Watterson
called "What's it worth?" (also written for performing on the street).
5 people preferably dressed in a coordinated way (e.g. same colour T-shirts,
or all in black trousers/leggings with different coloured T-shirts).
All five characters walk onto the stage in a line and stop facing away
from the audience. They then turn in unison and, now facing the audience,
say the opening line all together. Where appropriate, each line should
be accompanied by a suitable mimed action.
2: Writing Christmas Cards.
3: Wrapping Presents.
4: Putting up decorations.
1: Christmas Tree.
2: Coloured Lights.
3: Father Christmas. [5
takes 4 to see Father Christmas (2)]
2: Ho. Ho. Ho. What would you like
4: A Pony!
5: [looks extremely worried - then all back to line
2: Brussel Sprouts.
3: Mince Pies.
4: Christmas Pudding,
5: and Brandy....sauce.
1: Carol singing.
3: Peace on Earth.
4: Goodwill to all men.
5: [petulantly] WHERE'S MY PRESENT?
1: Small Present.
2: Big Present.
3: Useless Present - "Thanks its
just what I always wanted".
4: Expensive Present.
1: The 'Sound of Music' [All
(except 5) sing "The Hills are Alive"]
2: The 'Wizard of Oz' [All
(except 5) sing "We're off to see the wizard - the wonderful wizard of
3: The Queens Speech [All
fall asleep snoring]
5: [Butting in] James Bond!
4: [Glares at 5] Midnight
1: The Nativity.
4: Wise Men.
5: No room at the inn.
1: Born in poverty.
2: Rejected by men.
4: God's greatest gift.
5: No room for him.
All: No room for God at Christmas.
[Turn and exit]
Copyright © 1992, 2001 Jane And
Mark Lewis. http://www.pottedjam.org
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