Copyright © 1989, 2001 Jane
And Mark Lewis. http://www.pottedjam.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
While Shepherds Watched
by Jane And Mark Lewis
This sketch was written to try to get across the contrast between the glory
of heaven that Christ left and the poverty he was born into. It also tries
to show that Christmas isn't the end of the story - ultimately Jesus came
into this world to die. The sketch is probably trying to get oo many points
over in one go and is a bit complicated. FOr this reason its only been
given a two pot rating. It is also partly inspired by Ref?
Matthias and Jacob, two shepherds.
The angel Gabriel.
Nicholas, an older member of the angelic choir, and
Noel, a younger angel choir-member.
Back of stage stands, Nicholas. Centre stage facing shepherds is
Gabriel and the shepherds are front/side stage standing or crouching generally
Matthias: Brrr! Chilly tonight, innit?
Jacob: Nah, I think we're having
Spaghetti Bolognaise tonight....
Gabriel: [loudly] Do Not
Matthias: Aaahhh! What was that?
Jacob: Don't Panic, Don't Panic,
Matthias: Secure the sheep!
Jacob: Man the lifeboats!
Matthias: Don't Pan....No wait a minute we're missing
something crucial that somebody just said.
Jacob: Don't Panic?
Matthias: No, no before that.
Jacob: oh, "Don't be afraid"?.....
Matthias: Yeh who said that?
Jacob: Him. [points to Gabriel]
Matthias & Jacob: AAaaaahhhh!
Gabriel: Don't be afraid! I bring
you good news of great joy that will be for all the people....
Jacob: [to Matthias]
What? does that include us?
Matthias: Yes. SShhh!
Gabriel: ....Today in the town of David
Jacob: [to Gabriel]
Excuse me which one is David's town?
Matthias: [Stage whisper] Bethlehem you idiot
Gabriel: A Saviour has been born to you.
Matthias: Er - sorry I think you've got the wrong bloke
- my wife's not pregnant.
Jacob: And I haven't got a wife!
Gabriel: [slipping out of austere angel-speak]
No, not you personally, you everybody...[back into angel proclamation
voice] He is Christ the Lord!!
Matthias: [cottoning on] Oh - what like the
Gabriel: [Aside] Not like
the Messiah he is the Messiah! [Angel-speak] And this
will be a sign to you. You will find the babe wrapped in cloths lying
in a manger!
Matthias: Did'e just say that the Saviour of the World
is laying in a feeding trough?
Jacob: Err [thinks]
Matthias: This I have to see. [Exeunt Gabriel,
Matthias and Jacob]
[FX: Alleluia chorus strikes up - Nicholas mimes]
Noel: [Arriving just after start
of music looking hurried] So what're we so happy about then?
Nicholas: Where have you been?
Noel: I missed the briefing didn't
I - well come on what's the story?
Nicholas: This is a great day an
auspiscious day, a day of great rejoicing .... the Lord has gone to Earth!
Noel: Yeh? Oh wow! This
is a great day for mankind then. So where's he staying Hotel Palais?
Nicholas: Err - no. That little
stable down there [points].
Noel: What there? You're joking???
Nicholas: No! Well it is a
rather elegant stable!
Noel: But surely - what a come-down!
Why are we being so happy?
Nicholas: It is the Lord's will.
Noel: ...bit smelly.....so why's
Nicholas: To be their Saviour!
Noel: In a stable?
Nicholas: No...the boy will grow
up and will travel the country preaching the good news of God's love to
Noel: That's better.
Nicholas: ....healing the sick,
raising the dead, freeing the trapped and bound, and then....
Noel: and then?
Nicholas: [sigh] and then
they'll kill him.
Noel: What? What an ungrateful
bunch of no-good......
Nicholas: Hey - steady on its all
in The Plan.
Noel: Well all very well but I don't
see what we've got to be so happy about.
Nicholas: Because he shall rise
from the dead and return to rule in heaven.
Noel: Thats a relief - you were
getting me worried then!
Nicholas: And that will be how he'll
Noel: Well - I hope they understand
what he's doing.
[FX: Alleluia chorus strikes up again, then mime to fade]
Copyright © 1989, 2001 Jane And
Mark Lewis. http://www.pottedjam.org
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