Donkey Oatey

Donkey Oatey

by Ethan Lewis (aged 8)

     Potted JAM
Copyright © 2006 Jane And Mark Lewis. http://www.pottedjam.org Email: sketches@pottedjam.org

Contents

Background

This play was written for our church nativity and most of it was written by Ethan - with some help from Jane (and with a heavy influence from Shrek and Shrek 2!)
The various scenes are designed to be interspersed with Carols and Readings.  There is lots of scope for non-speaking parts for angels, shepherds, wise men, etc.

Rating

Characters

  • Donkey Oatey
  • his Owner
  • Joseph
  • Mary
  • Barnabas and Barnaby (sheep)
  • Humpfrey the Camel

Staging

Classic nativity setting.  No actual props are required but a manger and baby is useful for final scene.

Script

Scene 1: Donkey for sale

Donkey: 
Hello my name is Oatey, Donkey Oatey – I'm going to tell you the story of what really happened on the first Christmas. Well it all started when I was trotting around in my stable last Thursday, minding my own business. My owner came in and put a sign around my neck and I got taken to market.
Owner: 
Come on Oatey
Donkey: 
Where are we going?
Owner: 
To market.
Donkey: 
What's on this sign, For SA..L..E ... who's Sally?
Owner: 
Come on donkey get a move on.
[
Owner leaves stage]
Donkey: 
So we got to market and I was bought by this couple. The woman was going to have a baby.
[
Enter Mary & Joseph]
Donkey:
Hello, you must be Sally.
Mary: 
No I'm Mary. What's your name?
Donkey: 
The name’s Oatey, Donkey Oatey.
Joseph: 
I'm Joseph, we need you to carry our luggage as we are going to Bethlehem.
Donkey:
  Cool, I've never been there before.
Joseph:  
Well we need to get going because it’s a long way
Donkey: 
This luggage is heavy.
[Exit all]


Scene 2: On the way to Bethlehem

[
Enter Donkey, Joseph and Mary who walk around the stage or hall during this scene.]
Donkey: [
singing] Eeeh awww  eeehh awww, don’t you know my feet are sore, eeh awww don’t you know my feet are sore, eeh awww.
Joseph: 
Be quiet donkey, we’ve all got sore feet

Sign/Narrator:
A few hours later
Donkey: 
Are we there yet?
Joseph:
  No.
Donkey:  Are we there yet?
Joseph:
  No.
Donkey: 
Are we there yet?
Joseph:
  No.
Donkey:  Are we there yet?
Joseph:
  Yes.
Donkey:  Really?
Joseph:
  No.

Sign/Narrator: A few hours later
Donkey:  [singing] I'm on my way from Nazareth to Bethlehem today ah-ha, ah-ha [to tune of On My Way by the Proclaimers]
Joseph: 
Donkey, be quiet.
Donkey: 
[singing] And I would walk 500 miles, and I would 500 more [to tune of 500 Miles by the Proclaimers]
Joseph: 
Donkey stop singing.
Donkey: 
Well can I hum it?
Joseph:  No.
Donkey:  Well can I whistle it?
Joseph:  No.
Donkey:  Can I mime it?
Joseph:  Yes.

Sign/Narrator: A few hours later
Donkey:  Are we there yet?
Joseph:
  Yes.
Donkey:  Really?
Joseph: 
Yes, really this is Bethlehem, now all we have to do is find somewhere to stay as Mary is going to have her baby soon.
Donkey: 
So we spent hours trying to find somewhere to stay but everywhere was full.
Joseph: 
OK in here donkey, this is the only place to stay.
Donkey: 
I can’t go in there
Joseph:  Why not it's only a stable?
Donkey: 
It looks unstable to me I'll just stay out here!!!! [pause] I was so tired I fell asleep.
[Exit all]

Scene 3: The Sheep's Tale

[Enter Donkey, Barnabas & Barnaby]
Donkey:  What's all that noise and who are you?
Barnabas: 
I'm Baaaaar- nabas
Barnaby: 
I'm Baaaar – naby. Who are you?
Donkey: 
The name’s Oatey – Donkey Oatey. I thought I heard lots of singing.
Barnabas:  
That was the Angels, they came to see us on the hillside.
Barnaby: 
They told us a special baby, God's son, had been born so we came to see Him. He's in that stable.
Donkey: 
I don't think so, there’s only Mary and Joseph in there.
Barnabas: 
The shepherds have gone in to see Him
[Exit all]

Scene 4: Camel Train

[Enter Donkey, Barnabas, Barnaby and Humpfrey]
Donkey:  Who are you?
Humphrey:  I'm Humphrey the Camel
Donkey: 
Don't camels usually have humps?
Humphrey:  Why do you think I’m called Humphfrey?
Donkey: 
Oh Hump-free, I see. Where have you come from?
Humphrey:  I'm from the East
Donkey: 
Do you live in Osbaldwick?
Humphrey:  No the Far East
Donkey: 
Oh you come from Hull.
Humphrey:  No, I belong to the wise men. We’ve been travelling for weeks, following a star that shows a new king has been born. The star stopped here. So they have taken Him the presents we brought Him.
Donkey: 
I don't think so, that's a grotty stable, not a place where a king will be!
Humphrey:  Well there's the star is so this must be it. The wise men have bought him gifts of Gold, frankincense and myrrh. 
[Exit all]

Scene 5: Seeing Jesus

[
Enter all - Mary, Joseph and others in the stable. Donkey, Barnabas, Barnaby and Humpfrey outside]
Donkey: 
This is all very strange. Mary & Joseph are really ordinary. How can their baby be so special? If he’s a king what is he doing in a stable? I can’t quite believe it. Are there really shepherds, angels and wise men in there?
Barnabas: 
I want to see the baby.
Barnaby: 
Me, too.
Humphrey:  Me, three.
Donkey: 
If you look through there you can see in.
Barnabas:
   I can see Him
Barnaby: 
Me, too.
Humphrey:  He is amazing.
Donkey: 
It is amazing, there are shepherds and wise men kneeling down to see the baby. There are Mary & Joseph. It is their baby.
Barnabas: 
His name is Jesus.
Barnaby: 
He is really special.
Humphrey:  So this is what Christmas is really about.
Donkey: 
So that's how it all it happened at the first Christmas  and don't let anyone convince that there's a different story!
[All remain on stage for 'Away in a Manger']
 


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