Ten Plays: Short, easy dramas for churches
By: Rosalie Sugrue
Length: 142 pages
Release date: Sep 17, 2013
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Lay preacher Rosalie Sugrue’s short plays and meditations are ideal to present in church. They encourage us to engage with Bible and historical characters and explore important themes. Staging is simple. Few props or costumes are required. Nearly of these play readings are suitable for children to present. Most work best with a combination of children and adults. The book was revised & expanded in July 2018.
About this revised and expanded edition:
– Some of these plays have been revised to provide clearer instructions for staging them and to simplify or improve the dialogue.
– ANZAC Day has been re-written.
– A second version of Mahlah & Sisters – The Daughters of Zelophehad – has been added. It is the same story told in less words and is suitable for devotions at fellowships, house groups and youth groups.
– A second version of A Christmas Story has also been provided, with 9 separate pages of 9 separate scripts for 9 people.
– The typesetting of the book has also been updated. Māori words now have macrons where needed.
Summary of the Plays:
– Mary Jones’ Walk — Relive the story of the 15-year-old Welsh girl who walked 25 miles in search of a Bible and by doing so helped inspire the founding of Bible Society.
– When The Treaty came to Mangungu — An historic event told from the perspective of Rev John Hobbs’ 11-year-old daughter Emma.
– Easter Women — Listen in on five women who may have shared a room on that Saturday night so long ago: Mary of Nazareth – the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene alias Mary of Bethany, the ‘other’ Mary, Joanna and Salome.
– ANZAC Day — Two children learn more about their family connection with World War One. Suitable for presenting in church when reflecting on war.
– The Wesley Saga — A rhyming romp through the family history of Samuel and Susanna Wesley, sons John and Charles and their sisters.
– A Peace Presentation — Monologues of two women from the scrolls of Hebrew Scriptures and two from the pages of New Zealand history. Ordinary women who by wit and will were each peace achievers.
– Mahlah & Sisters — A justice issue Bible story for any time of year. Five capable daughters successfully lobby for women to be able to own land.
– Mahlah & Sisters (B) — The Daughters of Zelophehad — the same story told in less words; suitable for devotions at fellowships, house groups and youth groups.
– Christmas Women — multiple uses during Advent. Five meditations of women sharing their encounters with Mary for use in advent worship: Elizabeth (Mary’s cousin) talks with Anna; Anne (Mary’s mother); Woman Traveller; Inn-keeper’s Wife; Anna (the prophetess).
– No Room — Makes a thought-provoking link between refugees arriving by boat at Christmas Island and Mary & Joseph finding no room at the inn.
– A Christmas Story — 13 stick puppets. Theme: God is with us.
– A Christmas Story (B) — a second version of A Christmas Story with 9 separate pages of 9 separate scripts for 9 people.
About the Author:
Rosalie May Sugrue, a past president of the NZ Lay Preachers’ Assn, has led hundreds of church services in New Zealand and the UK. She has also led rest home services, family services, cafe style worship, house blessings, and devotions at Methodist Conference and in many other situations. A wife, mother, grandmother and author, Rosalie is a retired teacher & motelier. She has been active in Jaycees, the Methodist Women’s Fellowship, National Council of Women, the Churches’ Agency on Social Issues, Victim Support & U3A