An Inn Keeper's Tale

a Mystery Play for Holy Week by Mike Sparks

First performed by the Guild Players, Finchley Methodist Church, March 2005


This play has been published by Lazy Bee Scripts

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A bar, centre stage, set with tankards, bottles, glasses etc. In front of the bar are two stools used by the characters whilst in discussion with the Inn Keeper. To either side of the bar are two groups of chairs for the characters to sit on before or after their appearance in the story.

List of Characters

Inn Keeper

Woman (Mother of crucified man)

Man in Crowd

Mary Salome

Mary Magdalene

Man 1

Man 2

(Some of the parts can be doubled up if necessary)

Author's Note

This is the second in a series of short plays produced for performance as modern interpretations of medieval mystery plays.

The play is written so that the minimum of setting and costume is necessary. The setting is around a bar (a basic table would suffice) with some basic furniture. Although full costume could be used, the play will not fail if the cast dress in modern clothes, or in simple dark basic costumes with coloured additions to define particular characters.

There is no rule as to what music is appropriate. This is up to the director, having regard to the setting within which the piece is being performed and the facilities, players and musicians available.

The director is completely free to make whatever alterations to the text they deem necessary to suit the setting in which it is being performed.