Drama Verses Sketches

Below is the Introduction to the book, Drama verses Sketches by Bob and Steve.

At the foot of this introduction are links to a couple of sample sketches.

Good dramas ask questions rather than answer tnem. some of the dramas in this book do that. Others merely seek to entertain or introduce a theme. The meaning of one or two of the sketches is unclear. To some extent we go along with Andy Warhol who said, 'If I knew what it meant I wou|dn’t have painted it,' or something like that and it may not have been him. If we knew what some of these sketches meant we wouIdn't have written them as sketches. If you want us to speak to you clearly then invite us to preach — we all do it. There are a couple of sketches where we’re grinding an axe. We’re not sure if we’re sharpening it or blunting it but there’s definitely a rasping noise.
The sketches are quite straightforward to perform. Most require only two actors and few props. Whilst excellent drama involves being liberated from the script (so learn it) some of these could be done holding it and reading. Some are designed to look as if the players should be holding a clipboard. Clever, eh?
Casting is very important for success (just ask an angler or someone in orthopaedics). Much humour can be obtained by casting well-known church characters in incongruous roles. The minister’s wife/husband as Pontius Pilate will get a laugh in most churches.
If you worship at the type of church where laughter is banned you may regret the purchase of this book. Never mind. Regret is just one of the many back doors to change.
There is, though, no substitute for talent. Try to use people in sketches who have the mysterious 'it’. The sort of people you look at and say, *I don*t know what ”it" is but they’ve certainly got it.' 'It’ can't be learned but it can be developed. Be willing to be surprised by talent developing where you don't expect it, especially in teenagers. If you don*t give them a chance to try, it won't. Whatever *it* is, it includes good .......................................................................
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That joke works better verbally.

Stage directions have been kept to a minimum. That doesn’t mean the sketches should be performed without any action. It means you have to work it out for yourself. Most of the characters in the sketches can be male or female. You may want to adapt the material in other ways to fit your local situation. Feel free. If you use drama regularly, it is worth collecting together a props box. We've suggested some sound effects (FX). Recorded effects are available from record shops and libraries.
In many of the sketches you will find a fairly obvious Bible reading as a companion. Decide if you want to place the sketch before or after the reading. Drama is not meant to be a substitute for Bible reading.

Childline - A solo sketch about Abraham and Issac

Evangelism Training - A sketch that's not about Evangelism or Training