A short history of time - by James Archer

An evening of sketches presenting the gospel from Genesis to Revelation

 

Contents

 

ACT ONE

 

Introduction including an extract from Messiah by Georg Handel

 

Angel Space by Paul Burbridge and Murray Watts from Lightning Sketches, published by Hodder & Stoughton

 

Paradise Lost

 

One Man and His Dog

 

Field Trip to the Sinai Desert

 

The Cycle of the Old Testament including two songs from Songs and Hymns of Fellowship

 

ACT TWO

 

Kiss and Make Up

 

The Walrus and the Carpenter

 

Using Your Loaf by Nigel Forde, from Laughter in Heaven, published by Hodder & Stoughton

 

Fresh Bread by Stairs & Whispers Theatre Company, from Drama for All the Family, published by Kingsway Publications

 

Take This, including a song from Songs and Hymns of Fellowship

 

For the Good of the Team, by Paul Burbridge and Murray Watts, from Lightning Sketches, published by Hodder & Stoughton

 

Song - Were You There? American Folk Hymn

 

Nailed! by Barbara Sumner, from Drama for All the Family, published by Kingsway Publications

 

Interval

 

ACT THREE

 

Dance with Colours by Ruth Green

 

The Newcomer, by [             ] from Drama for All the Family, published by Kingsway Publications

 

The Case of the Missing Corpse by Lance Pierson, from Drama for All the Family, published by Kingsway Publications

 

A Farewell Present, by Colin Mengell, from Drama for All the Family, published by Kingsway Publications

 

Getting our Acts Together

 

Born Free

 

Song – The Man of Galilee, by Linda Rich, from Fresh Sounds

 

One for Me and None for You, by Paul Burbridge and Murray Watts, from Time to Act, published by Hodder & Stoughton

 

The Claims of Christ, by [                     ], from Drama for All the Family, published by Kingsway Publications

 

Conclusion, including an extract from Messiah by Georg Handel

 

All sketches and linkages are by James Archer unless otherwise attributed.

The Archangel Gabriel acts as Master of Ceremonies at various points during the evening, as well as appearing in a number of sketches, and introduces linkages where necessary. He has an eyrie backstage from which he can observe the action.  Otherwise there is no need for consistent characters through the evening, and it is important to ensure that the variety of presentations and speeds is maintained. 

 

A number of the sketches have been shortened slightly from their original version (without losing the gist) or tailored to fit into the evening.  Licenses are required to perform: in front of a paying audience any sketches which have been published; and in any circumstances for a nominal fee sketches from Time to Act, Lightning Sketches, Laughter in Heaven and Red Letter Days.  Other items do not require a performing licence.

 

All published sketches are subject to copyright. 

If you cannot trace original sketches or do not have performing rights, then find or write alternatives or cut if it does not feel essential.

 

Because of length, separate files and web pages are used for each of the three acts of this evening.

ACT ONE

Editable and printable versions