20 short sketches for church services, one-off all-age specials and youth events, engaging and exploring issues facing the world's poorest people and the Christian response to injustice. A collaboration between Barnabas and the established Christian international development charity Tearfund (there is currently no other book of drama sketches that specifically tackles these issues).
20 short sketches for church services, one-off all-age specials and youth events, engaging and exploring issues facing the world's poorest people and the Christian response to injustice. A collaboration between Barnabas and the established Christian international development charity Tearfund (there is currently no other book of drama sketches that specifically tackles these issues). In this book Peter Shaw uses his bold and irreverent sense of humour to identify the global issues that affect us all. Through writing monologues, poems and sketches Peter has succeeded in creating an inspirational and fun tool to help us look at what can seem overwhelming and perhaps find some way to respond. Steve Clifford, General Director, Evangelical Alliance For many years, Peter has poured his energy, heart and creativity into bringing the stories of the poorest into our lives, homes and churches in fresh and vibrant ways. He is an authority not only on the issues that affect people living in poverty, but also on communicating these issues with power and imagination. Just as Jesus used parables to teach and illuminate, Peter brings us close to people living in poverty through 20 brilliant drama sketches. Each one encourages us to connect more closely, reflect more deeply and act more whole-heartedly. We're taken on journeys that lead us to embrace all our emotions: shock, anger, sadness, humour, joy and hope. Matthew Frost, Chief Executive, Tearfund This is a collection of short sketches to help church groups engage with a broad range of justice and poverty issues. Such books are almost always a bit of a mixed bag and this is no exception. Some of the pieces suffer from being too obviously vehicles for information transmission, while others are rather too preachy. However, there are several gems, such as Massive Earthquake and What If?, that would work straight off the page, as well as others that could be very powerful with a bit of tweaking. I found Deadlier than the Male, for example, very strong as an introduction to the themes around violence and abuse against women but would want to tweak a little. It is a worthy attempt to offer in-roads into issues that very often church leaders struggle to open up. Ashley Collishaw is Vicar of the Glenfall Church congregation in Cheltenham and a former professional actor. New Wine magazine Autumn 2012 From Country Way - June to September 2013 99 expert engineers say that a bridge is unsafe, but one person who is totally unqualified says the bridge is safe. Sound familiar? Well that is what is happening about climate change. Almost all scientists say we have a major problem, but a few sceptics with no scientific background at all manage to confuse the issue. That, in essence, is the message of one of Peter Shaw's twenty dramas in his book "Drama out of a Crisis". Peter is almost uniquely qualified to write this book as he edits Tear Times for Tearfund, and has a Masters degree in Playwriting. The short dramas cover a wide range of topics in the area of climate justice and environmental concern. So there are dramas on food security, sanitation, water, HIV/AIDS, malaria and more. Each drama is carefully scripted to be performed easily with minimum preparation or props. There is also associated sermon outline material and Biblical background infomration. I could easily see these dramas being used in our church services. They would be particularly good in all-age or youth services. My only slight worry is that as the dramas are published under the "Barnabas for Children" imprint, and with four young children on the front cover, it could give the impression that they are suitable for primary age children. It is a great book, but most of the topics covered are more appropriate to teenagers and adults. I hope this slight confusion between cover and contents will not dent sales of this excellent resource. Reviewed by Dr. Martin Hodson, Operations Manager for the John Ray Initiative