The four-pot rating for this sketch is based on it being well-received even when we performed it at an ecumenical service - in a local Catholic church.
Mary: Hello Zechariah!
[Zechariah waves and then is embraced by Mary]
Mary: Its good to see you! How are you? [pause] Lost your voice?
Mary: Larygnitis is it?
[Zechariah starts to look embarassed then shakes head but is interrupted by Mary]
Mary: So where's Elizabeth. I have got SO much to tell her!!!
[Zechariah mimes pulling things off shelves. Mary looks around]
Mary: Oh she's tidying up is she?
[Zechariah shakes head then mimes carrying heavy bags]
Mary: No. Oh she's put her back out again?
[Zechariah mimes an elaborate mime for going shopping]
Mary: Oh! she's gone to do the shopping! Why didn't you say so! [pause] Oh no of course you can't. Is it sore, your throat?
Mary: Oh I wish Elizabeth was back. I've got so much to tell you. Oh I can't wait. I'll tell you first - I've seen an angel.
[Zechariah staggers back then points at himself vigorously.]
Mary: What, you've seen an angel too? Isn't it wonderful!!!
[Zechariah makes wavy hand motion]
Mary: I was frightened at first ...
[Zechariah nods appreciatively...]
Mary: ... but I was in my room when this angel appeared before me! Where were you?
[Zechariah does some more mime to try to convey doing his priestly duties at the Temple]
Mary: Where? Oh the Temple!! Wow! Oh well you would have been half-expecting it anyway...
[Zechariah looks stunned...]
Mary: He told me that I was to bear a son
[Zechariah nods and points to himself...]
Mary: You're pregnant!!!
[Zechariah frowns and somehow mimes "No Elizabeth stupid"...]
Mary: Oh sorry yes of course - Elizabeth is expecting a son too. What wonderful news. I couldn't believe that I was going to have a baby - me [sotto voce] being a virgin and all..
[Zechariah's eys go wide...]
Mary: But when the angel explained that my son would be the Saviour of the World I just had to say - well God you know best. Whatever you say. You know how it is!
[Zechariah looks very, very sheepish...]
Mary: What? Weren't you pleased when the angel told you about your baby?
[Zechariah tries to crawl into a big hole....]
Mary: What happened?
[Zechariah mimes saying no to the angel and being struck dumb as dramatically as possible...]
Mary: So you haven't got larygnitis - the angel took your voice?
Mary: Well I never.
[They both hear something]
Mary: Elizabeth. Elizabeth is that you? [she runs off stage saying] I've got some incredible news...
[Zechariah is left standing on stage. He shrugs and hauls the suitcase offstage. Exit.]
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