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Gospel Dramas

The John Drama

The John Drama is a dramatisation of the whole of John’s Gospel by a cast of 15 ordinary Christians, where the words Jesus speaks are taken directly from the New Living Translation of the Gospel of John. It has been performed in several churches in Brisbane and also at the Mt Tamborine Easter Convention in 2021.

The John Drama is done as ‘theatre in the round’, with the stage in the middle and the audience in concentric circles around the stage. The action moves from in front of you to an aisle behind you, and sometimes right beside you. Audience members cannot escape the events being portrayed in the Gospel drama!

The CEO of the Mt Tamborine Convention wrote, “It was excellent. ‘Theatre in the round’ offers a visual and aural experience that sometimes stage productions lack. I know that my children (13 years & 8 years) are still talking about it – they seemed to learn so much.” A member of the Mt Tamborine audience said, “The circular seating created a sense of being a part of the story as opposed to just watching a performance. The performance was an incredibly powerful and moving way to present the Gospel.”

A tool for churches: Wycliffe Australia sees The John Drama as a tool that churches can use for both disciple-making and evangelism. As the actors prepare for the presentation they internalise the whole of John’s Gospel. And audience members who are not believers hear the gospel through the story. One church leader said, “Before I saw The John Drama, I did not know that the gospel could be presented in such a clear, accurate and engaging way.”

A member of the Mt Tamborine audience wrote: “It was amazing!! Very, very impacting on young and old! A wonderful presentation of the gospel and a great tool for churches.”

The John Drama is something that any church with a vision for discipleship and outreach can sponsor.

John Drama website introduction video

The Matthew Drama

The Matthew Drama tells the story Matthew wrote in his Gospel through the voices and actions of a cast of 15 ordinary Christians.

Matthew was writing to a Jewish audience, and was keen to let them know upfront that Jesus was the promised Messiah, the son of David, so he begins with his genealogy. He was also eager to let his readers know that Immanuel (God with us), fulfilled a whole string of Old Testament prophesies. So The Matthew Drama has an actor playing the role of a prophet, who regularly interrupts the drama to shout, “Hear ye. Hear ye. This is what God said through his servant. . .”

The Matthew Drama also includes the birth narratives, with Joseph and Mary journeying to Bethlehem, and the Magi from the East searching for the new king, all the way through to his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection. The drama concludes with Jesus’ words to his followers from chapter 28:19-20 to take the Good News to all nations. And they do!

The Matthew Drama is performed as theatre-in-the-round, with the stage in the centre, and the audience in circles around the action – until Jesus moves out into the circular cross-over aisles and the action engulfs the audience, with cast members on all sides interacting with the Master Teacher.

Audience Feedback: 

Is The Matthew Drama suitable for all ages?
“Yes! My nine-year-old daughter and I attended and found it super-helpful to see Scripture brought to life in such a helpful way.”
“An absolute joy, uniquely presented, engaging and spiritually uplifting. The children were ‘spellbound’ with anticipation. Thank you.”

Is The Matthew Drama good quality theatre?
“We loved it. The performance quality was excellent, and the storyline was in-line with Scripture and wonderfully portrayed the Gospel.
“It was fantastic. The actors were so good and got the message across very powerfully.
“Really well done. Great to see Matthew’s Gospel brought to life. A high-quality performance.”

A Tool for Churches: Wycliffe Bible Translators are eager for the Good News to be heard and understood by people of every nation in their own language. The Matthew Drama is a tool to help Australian churches make the Gospel message clear – both for Christians and also for their neighbours who do not yet know the one named Jesus, “. . . for he will save people from their sins.”

Matthew Drama website introduction video

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21-22 Jul 2024

The John Drama in Wagga Wagga

21-22 Jul 2024

Join us for the first ever production of the John Drama at Wagga Wagga

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21-22 Sep 2024

The Matthew Drama in Montmorency

21-22 Sep 2024

The Matthew Drama is coming to Montmorency.

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2-4 Nov 2024

The John Drama in Redlands

2-4 Nov 2024

The John Drama is coming to Redlands

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30 Nov - 2 Dec 2024

The John Drama in Hervey Bay

30 Nov - 2 Dec 2024

The John Drama is coming to Hervey Bay

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5-6 Apr 2025

The John Drama in Naracoorte

5-6 Apr 2025

The John Drama is coming to Naracoorte

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12 Apr 2025

The Luke Drama in Rochedale

12 Apr 2025

The Luke Drama is coming to Rochedale

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13-20 Apr 2025

The Luke Drama in Tamborine Mountain

13-20 Apr 2025

The Luke Drama is coming to Tamborine Mountain

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24-27 April 2025

Gospel Drama Training weekend

24-27 April 2025

A three-day training event for potential cast members to learn, rehearse and perform Sections #1-3 of The Luke Drama, in preparation for multiple performances in 2025.

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