Summary: A drama of the parable of the workers in the vineyard from Matthew 20 vs 1-16.
Style: Dramatic. Duration: 8min
PERSONS 1,2,3,4 & 5.
(Simple enough to invite people up from the audience to take part on the day.)
Scene: Set in a market place with a vineyard off to the side.
NARRATOR: The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard.
TIME KEEPER: It is 6 o’clock in the morning.
LANDOWNER: [to person 1] You there! Are you awake?
PERSON 1: Yes sir! Is there any to do today in your vineyard?
LANDOWNER: Yes, it is harvest time. I will pay you well - one denarius for the day - the normal day’s wages.
PERSON 1: That is great, thank you. Shall I start now?
LANDOWNER: Of course - off you go into my vineyard and start picking the grapes.
NARRATOR: So off he went and spent all day working.
TIMEKEEPER: It is now 9am exactly.
LANDOWNER: [to person 2] You there! Do you have nothing to do? Are you just going to stand here in the market-place?
PERSON 2: No sir, there are very few jobs around. Unless you have some work?
LANDOWNER: Of course. Come and pick grapes for me! I will pay you whatever is right
PERSON 2: Thank you.
NARRATOR: And off he went to join the other man working in the vineyard.
TIMEKEEPER: It’s 12 o’clock. 12 noon. Midday and the sun is scorching hot.
LANDOWNER: [to person 3] Hey you! Why are you just standing there doing nothing?
PERSON 3: Do you mean me?
LANDOWNER: Yes you - my grapes will be going mouldy on the vine. Can’t you help me get the harvest in? I will make it worth
your while. One denarius to work till sunset.
PERSON 3: Wow! Thanks - yes, I will help.
NARRATOR: So he went to help, too.
TIMEKEEPER: It is now 3pm - time for a siesta?
PERSON 4: [yawning] That was a nice sleep. Now what shall I do with the rest of my day?
LANDOWNER: [to person 4] Why were you sleeping? Has no-one hired you? Are you free to do some work in my vineyard? I
will pay you.
PERSON 4: Happily. It’s only 5 hours before it gets dark, but I could do with a bit of extra cash.
NARRATOR: So he, too, went to pick grapes.
TIMEKEEPER: Five o’clock. Nearly supper time!
LANDOWNER: Anyone else want work? There is only 1 hour of daylight left!
PERSON 5: I will help if you think it’s worth it. I don’t expect to be paid much though.
LANDOWNER: I will pay you whatever I decide.
NARRATOR: So he went and joined the other 4 and worked for just one hour.
TIMEKEEPER: It is now dark! 6pm. Work time is over.
LANDOWNER: Foreman - please bring the money and come here.
FOREMAN: Yes, sir. Here is the money for the workers.
LANDOWNER: You give it out. Call each worker and pay them their wages. Beginning with the last ones hired - that’s person 5,
then 4, 3, 2 and ending with the first person that I hired early this morning.
FOREMAN: Person 5! You worked one hour. Here is your pay - one denarius. [gives him a coin]
PERSON 5: Thanks very much.
FOREMAN: Person 4! Here are your wages for 3 hours - one denarius. [gives him a coin]
PERSON 4: Thanks very much.
FOREMAN: Person 3! Here are your wages for 6 hours- one denarius. [gives him a coin]
PERSON 3: Thanks very much.
FOREMAN: Person 2! Here are your wages for 9 hours - one denarius. [gives him a coin]
PERSON 2: Thanks very much.
FOREMAN: Person 1! Here are your wages. Thank you for working all day - one denarius. [gives him a coin]
PERSON 1: Thanks very much - umm. [to person 5] Surely the boss should have paid me most! I worked all day. Why did you get
the same money as me, yet I worked 11 hours longer than you? That’s not fair!
PERSON 5: I don’t know. I guess he has his reasons. I am very happy with the situation!
PERSON 2: [to person 3] I started work at 9 and you started at 12. So I should get more money than you got for 3 more hour’s
work. Why did that landowner pay you the same as me?
PERSON 3: I don’t know. [to person 4] You worked less time than me, yet you got the same pay. That’s not right. This landowner
is not being fair.
PERSON 4: [to the other people] We all the got same pay - exactly the same, yet some of us worked 3 hours and some of us
worked 11 hours.
PERSON 1,2,3,4,5 [together] That’s not fair!
LANDOWNER: I am not being unfair, my friends. Didn’t each of you agree to work for a denarius?
PERSON 1,2,3,4,5 [together] Yes, we did.
LANDOWNER: Well, take your pay and go. I want to give the one who was hired last the same as the first. Don’t I have the right
to do what I want with my own money?
PERSON 1,2,3,4,5 [together] Yes, you do. Or are you envious because I am generous?”
PERSON 1,2,3,4,5 [together] Er….. no.
LANDOWNER So the last will be first, and the first will be last.
NARRATOR: So that is the parable that Jesus told - the parable of the workers in the vineyard. Hope you enjoyed it. Give
yourselves a clap!
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