Summary: Loosely based on Exodus 3. Moses tells the police about a burning bush!
Style: Light-hearted. Dur: 7min
Setting: Police station where the policeman answers the telephone.
Actors: 1M, 1M/F
P Hello, Sinai Police station…
M Oh! Hello, I want to report a fire.
P Well if you could give me a few details sir…
M Yes of course constable.
P Er, Sargent actually sir.
M I sorry Sargent!
P What is your name sir?
P Okay Moses, is this a structural fire, a building, or a natural fire sir?
M It’s a burning bush, Sargent.
P Hmmm, a burning bush… Is it a big bush sir?
M Well, quite big.
P Quite big and burning…
M Yes, and it’s a talking bush…
P I beg your pardon sir, did you say a talking bush?
(The Sargent calls to an unseen colleague “We got a right one here!”)
P You met a burning bush, sir.. How did you meet?
M Wel,l I was just minding my sheep – I’m a shepherd.
P That’s apparent, sir.
M I heard this voice calling from a burning bush…
P Oh yes, not only was it a burning bush but also a talking bush too.
M Yes. I was surprised as you are Sargent. I’ve never met a burning, talking bush before…
P Neither have I, sir. Now if you don’t mind me asking, what was the burning bush saying?
M It was saying: Take off your sandals.
P Take off your sandals? Why should you do that, sir?
M The bush said I was on Holy ground…
P Oh, Holy ground… I see, well actually, I don’t see or understand any of this.
M Neither did I until the bush gave me instructions.
P Instructions sir. What instructions?
M I have to go to Pharaoh and ask him to free the Jewish slaves…
P Er, You’ll need an army to do that, sir.
M No, I won’t. God said, He would be with me.
P God? Where did He come in?
M He is in the burning bush…
P In the burning bush? Do you mean Jehovah, the god of the Jews?
M Yes. I’m a Jew but I was brought up in Pharaoh’s palace.
P Bought up in Pharaoh’s palace? What are you doing out in the desert then?
M Long ago I killed an Egyptian for bullying one of my fellow Jews and had to run away.
P And now you want to go back and free the Jewish slaves.
M Well, I wasn’t sure at first…
P I’m not surprised…
M But I must do what God has instructed me to do.
P The bush, it’s way out in the desert?
P Doing no harm?
M No, apart from the sheep.
P The sheep are harmed?
M Oh no, but you should smell this place after they…
P Okay sir, I’ll take your word for it.
M Thank you.
P You realise that murder is a capital offence sir.
M Yes, Sargent.
P But as it was a long time ago, perhaps I won’t investigate the matter any further.
M Thank you, Sargent.
P To be honest Moses, I’m having difficulty understanding all this…
M So am I!
P But if you’ve been instructed by Jehovah Himself, you’d better carry out this assignment, and don’t worry about the burning bush.
M Thank you, Sargent. Then I’ll be on my way. Goodbye.
P Goodbye Moses, give my best regards to Pharaoh.
M Good bye, Sargent.
(The Sargent hangs up the phone and calls to his unseen colleague)
“THE NUTTER’S GONE NOW!”
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