Play Library Index

The CSSU Play library is maintained by Sis Alyson Cowlishaw, and you can  This page gives a list of the plays that are available, with some details of what would be involved in using each of them. If you are looking for a play on a particular topic, the links below may be useful.

Abraham  Acts  Adam  Bible  Brothers  Daniel  David  Elijah & Elisha  Esther  Feast  Galileans  Gideon  Gospel  Jeremiah  Jerusalem  Jesus  Jonah  Joseph  Miracles  Moses  Naaman  Nativity  Nebuchadnezzar  Nehemiah  Noah  Parables  Patriarchs  Paul  Protesters  Ruth  Samson  Samuel  Saul  Soldiers  Stephen  Tyndale 

Downloading plays

You can download some of the plays in Word format - you can tell which because the theme is a link.
If you have a copyright-free play with a scriptural theme that you think would be useful for other Sunday Schools or Youth Groups, please get in touch with Alyson.

Theme Age Parts Songs Mins Ref Notes
Abraham
Abraham all 15 0 25 80 (Retrospective look at Abraham's life, conversation between Abraham and Isaac)
Abraham's Journey 5-12 10 5 45 104 (Ur to Isaac)
Abraham Songs - - - - - -
Acts
Acts of Apostles - Excerpts 15-20 20/10 0 40 2 (Peter, Philip & Paul)
Adam
The Garden of Eden 10-18 17/14 2 30 57 (In rhyme, the fall of man & his redemption by sacrifice)
Bible
Bible books in poetic form any any 0 10 J3 (Poem describing the books of the Bible in order, one line per book)
Mary Jones and her Bible 8-15 9 6 30 51  
Seedtime and Harvest 7-12 40/10 8 60 102 (A celebration of creation and nature through the seasons)
The Greatest Treasure 4-18 12/8 4 30 32 (Pirates digging find real treasure - a Bible)
The Greatest Treasure all 9 0 15 77 (9 young people exploring a cave discover real treasure)
To help us to remember all 8+pigs 0 ? 83 (2 very short plays & 1 rhyme on the theme of the title)
Our Daily Bread Junior 10 0 10 J1 (A group of children are taught to appreciate God and his gifts)
Brothers
Brothers in Christ 10-30 30/17 Hymns 60+ 53 (Authentic story of conflict in Poland, based on Alan Eyre's book)
Daniel (See also Nebuchadnezzar)
Daniel all 27/14 8 30 81  
Daniel and his friends 3-20+ 27 + lions 7 30 67  
Daniel and 3 friends 12-20 20/10 0 30 7  
Scenes from the life of Daniel 10-15 8/6 0 10 23 (Neb's dream to the lions)
Daniel all 24 + lions 10 45 87 (Good modern script)
Daniel all 24 + lions 8 40 88 (As above but with simpler songs)
David
David 5-20 20/15 8 30-40 39  
Scenes from the life of David 6-16 15/12 Hymn 20-25 31 (From his anointing to David the outlaw)
The early life of David Junior 10 0 ? 92 (From David & Goliath to David the outlaw)
The life of David 5-16 21/12 0 20-30 61  
David songs - - - - - -
Elijah and Elisha
Elijah Junior 17+ 0 30 109  
Scenes from Elijah 10-20 20/15 0 30+ 38 (Drought, widow & son, prophets of Baal, Naboth, Jezebel, Elisha)
Elisha (2 scenes from his life) 6-12 8 0 10-12 106 (Cruse of oil and resurrection of the boy)
Elisha, man of God all 22 6 ? 76 (Calling, Elijah's farewell, Shunem, Naaman, miracles, his death)
Elijah and Elisha songs - - - - - -
Esther
Esther 5-20 15/8 5-6 30-40 10  
Esther 15-20 15/8 0 30 36  
Esther 6-14 20/17 0 30 107  
Esther Songs - - - - - -
Feast of Tabernacles
Extracts from "Under the Palms" 6-20 20/15 7 30+ 37 (Historical illustration of the feast)
Galileans
Fishermen 8-16 11/10 3 20-25 40 (Fishermen of Galilee talking about Jesus)
Following the Master 12-16 10/9 Hymn 20 4 (This and the following play have same non-Bible characters)
The Galileans 12-16 8 Hymn 15 3 (ordinary people affected by Jesus, conversion and persecution)
Gideon
Lessons from the time of Gideon 9-16 18/16 0 40 85 (Destruction of Baal's altar, fleece, battle v. Midianites)
Gospel message
Have a Heart all 5 0 short 73h (To show that we need a new start, sketch involving robots)
The Fishing Competition 14-24 20/6 0 20 46 (Reporter talks to variously committed Christadelphian fishermen)
The Motor Car all 8/5 0 short 73c (Sketch showing that salvation is only through the Lord) See also Parables - The Good Shepherd
What shall we wear? Junior 10 0 ? 5 (Children are told to wear certain outfits for certain occasions, then discuss armour of God)
Jeremiah
Prophet of Sorrow and Hope 6-18 30/22 4 35-45 48 (Key incidents linked by narration, shows conflicts of his life)
Jerusalem
Jerusalem, city of God all 27/16 5+2 ? 74 (Abraham & Isaac, David's capture of J., Queen of Sheba's visit, in Babylon, King of the Jews, new Jerusalem)
Jesus
Alphabetical Titles of Jesus Christ any any 2 hymns 15 J2 (In rhyme - includes Bible quotations to show the origins of the titles, could omit these)
Life through his love 14-18 8 6 30 58 (Last supper to resurrection, according to John)
The Appointment 10-18 3 0 4 59 (Modern version of Jesus and the rich young ruler)
The Bethany Story 7-12 20/10 6 45-55 101 (Martha is busy, Lazarus, anointing with perfume)
What happened at Bethany Junior 10 + disciples 1 ? 98 (Lazarus)
Jonah
Jonah 5-18 11 7 20-30 60  
Jonah 5-12 9 0 20 71  
Jonah songs - - - - - -
Joseph
Joseph 15-20 16/12 0 40 8  
Joseph Junior 21 0 ? 9  
Joseph 8-14 10/6 0 10 25 (Very short version - end missing?)
Joseph 3-13+ 18/15 6 45 68 (Early life inc. dreams to where bros. tell Jacob that Joseph is alive)
Joseph and His Brethren 10-18 14/10 0 30-40 56 (Mostly in rhyme, from dreams to self-revelation)
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat   17   91   (Story of Joseph told completely in song)
The Story of Joseph 3-15 19/less 0 40 90 (From dreams to reunion, each scene narrated by a different character)
Miracles
Abigail 6-18 10 Hymn 20 30 (Healing of a blind girl by Jesus, shows effect on 2 families)
Blind Bartimaeus any 7 1 short 66  
The Leper adult 6 0 10 27 (Leper cleansed, no Jesus or Bible characters)
The Man Born Blind 8-15 6 0 10 24 (No Jesus, conflict of healed man & family v. religious leaders)
Moses
The Exodus 6-18 35/28 4 30-40 50 (Bulrushes to deliverance at Red Sea)
Let My People Go 8-16 17/12 Hymn 30 33 (Bulrushes to Passover)
Let My People Go 5-16 30/20 4 45 54 (Passover & Israel's deliverance - modern rewrite of ref no 33)
Moses 15-20 20/12 0 40 1 (Bulrushes, burning bush, Pharaoh, Red Sea, wanderings to Paran)
Moses 6-20 12/8 0 10 21 (2 scenes as baby, 1 scene at Passover)
Moses Junior 25/less 0 ? 99 (As far as Passover)
Moses all 12/9 0 20 62 (Egypt & Israelites: taskmasters, bulrushes, murder, exile)
The Story of Moses 3-13 4+plagues 1 15 41 (From birth to Exodus - very simple play)
Moses songs - - - - - -
Naaman
Naaman the Syrian all 12 0 20 79  
The Little Maid 10-20 15/10 0 20 19  
Nativity
A child is born Junior 9 0 5 J7 (The wise men's journey)
Born in a Stable all 16+/13 4 20-30 69 (Christmas story told by carol-singers to modern-day family)
Events around the birth 8-18 19/10 4 20 55 (Herod, the census, the wise men)
Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem Junior 10 1 carol 10-15 J6 (Simple, modern speech)
Mary's Story Junior 10 or less 0 15 J5 (In rhyme, mostly acting to narration, very good)
Nativity 3-12 7 5 20 49  
Scenes from the nativity 5-15 15 2 carols 20 42 (The inn, shepherds on hillside, Herod's palace)
The very first Christmas Junior 10 + angels / choir 5 carols 20-30 J4 (Simple, modern speech)
Unto us a child is born 10-16 6/5 0 30 6 (Joseph & Mary go to Bethlehem, shepherds, the stable)
Nebuchadnezzar
Nebuchadnezzar's dream all 12+ 0 20 78 (2 children discussing SS & Bible, tableau of nativity, playlet of Neb's dream)
Nebuchadnezzar's dream Junior 16 0 10 94  
Nebuchadnezzar's nightmare 5+ 10/7 0 5 89 (Written for a youth day - learned and performed on the same day)
Nehemiah
Nehemiah Junior 10 0 10 43  
Nehemiah Junior 7 0 3 47  
Noah
Noah and the ark 5-16 15/10 4 30 44  
Noah's Ark 10-16 12/10 Hymn 20 34  
Noah songs - - - - - -
Parables
Occupy 10-16 12/10 0 15 35 (Based on Matt. 25, 3 Jewish traders)
The Good Samaritan   6 + robbers 0 short 13  
The Good Samaritan Today 10-15 12/8 0 5 103 (Set in school)
The Good Shepherd (& lost sheep) all 10 0 short 73s (This, "The Motor Car" & "Have a Heart" can form 1 show inc. 2 songs)
The Marriage Feast 7-14 10/6 0 10 45 (2 parables, feast & virgins, message: "Many called, few chosen")
Lost and Found (3 sketches) 10-15 10/6 0 45 110  
The Prodigal Son 8-14 10/6 0 10 28  
The Prodigal Son 3-14 7+pigs 4 30-40 86  
The Talents   7 0 short 14  
The Ten Virgins 8-16 16/8 3 hymns 10 26  
The Ten Virgins   11 0 short 15  
The Two Creditors   7 0 short 20  
The Unmerciful Servant 10-18 10 0 25 64  
Lost and Found Songs - - - - - -
Ten Virgins (watching) Songs - - - - - -
Patriarchs
God's Promises 8-16 16/8 0 15 22 (Patriarchs & co., 6 short scenes but bitty despite narration)
Paul
Conversion of Saul 12-18 8 0 20 63  
From Darkness to Light 12-20 16/8 0 15 17  
Letters from Rome all 38/24 2 ? 72 (Paul & Tychicus, whilst writing letters, reminisce about the Damascus road, Lydia, Ephesus, shipwreck)
Losing to Win 14-20 15/10 0 30 18 (Paul's trials before Festus, Agrippa & co.)
Paul at Philippi Junior 16 0 ? 93  
The Philippian Jailor Junior 12 3 hymns ? 96  
Saul of Tarsus 12-18 20+/10 0 40 29 (From conversion to trial)
Send the Light 7-16 25 7 30 82 (Philippi - Acts 16, Lydia, Paul & Silas in prison)
Paul Songs - - - - - -
Protestors
The Protestors adult 11 0 30+ 70 (Based on Alan Eyre's book, set in Zurich in the 1520's)
Ruth
Ruth Junior 12 8 ? 105  
Ruth Junior 21/less 0 30 108  
The Story of Ruth Junior 10-19 0 ? 95  
The Story of Ruth Junior 17 0 ? 100  
Samson
Samson 5-12 25/10 0 30-40 84  
Samuel
Birth & Early Life of Samuel all 6 0 25 65  
Samuel Junior 13/10 1 15-20 J9 (Some words to be learnt, but mostly acting to narration)
The Story of Samuel Junior 5 1 15 J8  
Samuel songs - - - - - -
Saul
King Saul 8-14 24/12 0 30 16 (Elders' visit, Saul gets grumpy, David's flight, Saul's death)
Soldiers
Soldiers of Christ all 20/15 6 ? 75 (Centurion's servant, cent. at cross, Cornelius, cent. of the Augustan band, whole armour of God, soldiers of Christ) Programme outline only - no script
Stephen
Stephen's Defence 14-20 20/12 0 10 11 (Based on Stephen's speech, Abraham & Lot, Joseph, Moses, David)
Stephen's Defence 14-20 16/8 0 10 12 (Modern version of above)
William Tyndale
No Greater Heritage 10-20 25/20 0 40 52 (Life story of father of English Bible)