The Good Samaritan - by James Archer
Drama based on the parable of the good Samaritan from Luke 10:25-37. Change the names etc to be local to you.
Cast: Narrator, at lectern; victim; 2 muggers; vicar; youth/development worker; drunk; 2 ambulancemen. The action takes place during the middle of a reading of the parable of the Good Samaritan from Luke 10. There is no need to forewarn the congregation.
Narrator Hear the word of God as it is written in the gospel of Luke, chapter 10, beginning to read at verse 25.
One day, an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what do I have to do to get to heaven?”
“What is written in the Law?” Jesus replied. “How do you understand it?”
He answered, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength; and love your neighbour as yourself.”
“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”
But he wanted to show off, so he asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbour?”
In reply, Jesus told him a story:
“A man was walking along High Oaks (enter victim), when ……… (As victim reaches centre stage, two muggers ambush him, beat him up, knock him to the ground, steal his wallet, kick him for good measure, and run off, leaving him half-dead. Suitable groans etc)
A few minutes later, a vicar was walking by …….
Vicar (Enter vicar. He sees the victim groaning, studiously avoids him, and says out loud to himself) Poor chap. I must remember to pray for him. (Exit vicar)
Narrator “Next along was a Youth and Community Worker.
YCW (Enter YCW, rushing past. Sees victim groaning, goes up to him, and says) Sorry, my friend. I can’t stop. I’m already late for a meeting. (Exit YCW)
Narrator “Shortly afterwards, someone else came along the road …….
Drunk (Enter drunk in football shirt, lager can in hand.) Engerland, Engerland, Engerland…….. (Trips over victim. Loud groan.) Shorry, mate, didn’t shee you. (He is about to carry on, but looks down) Hey, you all right mate? (Groan. Drunk bends down) No, you don’t look too good, do you? Been mugged, have you? Hang on a minute. Letsh get shome help. (Gets out mobile, dials 999) Can you shend an ambulansh. There’sh a chap here been mugged, lying on the pavement groaning. I told you where – on the roadshide by the shopsh. Oh, I shee. High Oaksh. Thanksh then, shee you shortly. (Puts away mobile, kneels down to tend to victim) How you doing mate? Helpsh on itsh way. (Groan) Here, have some of thish (pours some lager into his mouth, victim chokes), that’ll make you feel better. (Gets out hanky, pours some lager onto it, and uses it to wipe his forehead. Sound of sirens as ambulancemen arrive) Ah, here they are. (Ambulancemen put victim on a stretcher.) Cheerio then, mate, hope you’re better soon. (Exeunt ambulancemen with victim. Drunk staggers off the other way.)
Narrator “Now, which of these three do you think was a neighbour to the man who was mugged?” Jesus asked.
“The one who had mercy on him,” the expert in the law replied.
Then Jesus told him, “Go and do the same.”
This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.
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