Magda The Straw Bearer by Lynn Brittney

The approximate running time of this play is 30 minutes.

It is an old Polish custom that the straw from the church nativity manger is given to the villagers to bring them God's blessings in the next year. Magda is chosen to be straw bearer. It is a simple job but the night does not go as planned. This charming play about counting one's blessings contains two translations of beautiful Polish carols.

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9 speaking parts, 1 major dog part and unlimited non-speaking but singing parts. Running time approximately 30 minutes.

Magda is given a big bundle of straw to deliver around the village. On the way she meets many people in need or who have problems and she is over generous with the straw, hoping to give them extra blessings. She finds a stray dog, who helps many of the people in need. At the end of the evening, Magda finds that she has run out of straw and there is none for her own family. When their house burns down, accidentally, she feels that it is all her fault for giving all the straw away to others. But, as friends and neighbours rally round with food, clothing and support, the Pastor reminds Magda that she actually has plenty of blessings in the shape of the care that the villagers express towards her family.

As with all our plays, there are full production notes that give advice on scenery, prop and costume-making.

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