Written by Vicki Budden
So often the story of Jesus' birth seems to be an event from
the far distant past and hardly relevant to our own time and place.
This play examines events of that first Christmas from our own
time and perspective, albeit an Australian one! (Please feel free to
change terms and details to fit your own time and place.)
It was first performed at
SDA Church (New South Wales, Australia) in 1996.
Suitable for juniors to adults to perform. Additional
participation from younger children may be gained through the use of scripture
readings and song items.
|Preferably an adult. Introduces and concludes the play
|Husband and wife - gossipers
When the play was first performed, the only stage prop was an
old church pew. It was used in the following way.
||A few cushions were added and this became a sofa.
||A park bench.
||A fence - the drovers hung their saddles on the back of the
||A church pew!
Other props included dusters, newspapers, saddles, Bible.
Other Performance Notes
This play tells the Christmas story entirely from the viewpoint
of minor characters in the original tale. Because of this, songs and
scripture readings were also interspersed throughout the play in the original
performance to tell parts of the story. Because of the time lapse since
the original performance some of the exact details of the songs performed are
not known but the titles may help in choosing something similarly themed.
Each of these were performed/read after the scene given. Use of these also
allowed more people to participate and could be used for the inclusion for
||Scripture Reading: Luke 1:26-38
||Song: "Mary Had a Baby"
||Song: "The Christ Child is Born"
As this play was written and set in Australia, a number of the
terms reflect this. You are invited to change these terms to make them
more relevant to your own time and place.
||a hat made of rabbit pelts worn commonly in rural Australia.
||a long weather-proof jacket.
||one who drives cattle or sheep long distances to market.
You are free to use this play for performance purposes and make
alterations in order to suit your own situation but you do not have permission
to republish. All rights reserved under applicable Copyright laws.