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Another God

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Takes a light-hearted tongue in cheek look at how Christianity may have arrived on these shores. But probably didn’t.

Ancient Britain is under Roman rule and more and more Celts are adopting Roman customs and religion. But a new god has arrived from Rome which has caught the interest of frugal Celtic nobleman Caproc, because this god demands no sacrifices or payments, only prayers.

By a coincidence Caproc and his wife are visited by the very preacher who is spreading the word of this new god through his son Jesus. They decide to embrace this wonderful new cheap religion and get out their finest food and drink to celebrate their conversion.

But the tribe’s Druid, who is already not pleased with Caproc’s virtual abandonment of Celtic gods and his meagre sacrifices, turns up unexpectedly. He lets his displeasure be known and threatens Caproc with dire consequences.

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Additional information

Author

Genre

Comedy

Script Style

One Act

Duration (mins)

50

Male Cast

3

Female Cast

4

Total Cast

7

Synopsis

The action take place in the home of a 2nd century British Celtic noble family, somewhere near Verulamium (today’s St. Albans). The Celts have been subdued by the Romans and are gradually adopting their culture, language and even their gods as a result of the Roman policy of persecuting the Druid class, which has almost destroyed Celtic religion. The Celtic nobleman Caproc and his wife Gweneth have embraced the Roman way of life wholeheartedly and are keen to have their talented daughter Mabina chosen to play the flute at the forthcoming feast to the Roman god Jupiter.

A Roman lady Brygid, arrives to hear Mabina play and determine whether she is good enough. But they are interrupted by Dogmiel the tribe’s Druid, one of the few who have managed to avoid Roman persecution so far. He wants to know what Caproc is going to sacrifice at the forthcoming Celtic feast to the god Beltane, but Caproc refuses to provide an animal citing the present famine as an excuse. To emphasise their plight Gweneth offers the Druid cheap mead instead of wine to drink, and tripe to eat. The family’s housekeeper Morrigan who still prays to Celtic gods, reveals that despite his excuses, Caproc has still managed to find another Roman god to worship. Caproc then tells them about a preacher he has listened to on the streets of Verulamium talking about a god who demands no sacrifices at all, only prayers. Dogmiel becomes angry at Caproc’s abandonment of the Celtic religion and insulted by the way he has been received. He vows to report him to the tribe council and storms out.

Mabina starts to play the flute when they are interrupted again. This visitor is none other than Sibius, the preacher from Rome who has captivated Caproc with his sermons in Verulamium. He is invited in and they all listen to Mabina play. Brygid is most impressed and gives Mabina her chance to perform at the great festival to Jupiter.

She exits and the preacher gets to work on Caproc and Gweneth about what he claims is the only God there is, whose message was brought to earth by his son a man called Jesus. Sibius manages to convert them to Christianity, though they are impressed more by the fact that this new religion does not demand expensive animal sacrifices.

To celebrate their conversion Caproc decides to get out the best food and wine, which has thus far been hidden away as part of their pretence of going through hard times. But as they are about to begin this feast, Dogmiel returns unexpectedly. When the Druid sees Caproc and Gweneth wining and dining this humble preacher, when they had denied both him and the Celtic god Beltane decent offerings, he becomes incensed. Dogmiel storms out again, but this time he vows that he will demand nothing less than the death penalty for Caproc, from the tribe’s council. The action jumps forward a week or so with Brygid arriving after hearing that Caproc has been sentenced to death by the tribe council. She points out that according to Roman law only the Romans have the power to carry out executions. But Mabina explains that Dogmiel has bullied the tribe council into passing this death sentence based on ancient Celtic laws.

Gweneth returns after having pleaded for Caproc’s life unsuccessfully, then Sibius arrives having done the same before the Roman Governor of Brittania in Londinium. He says that despite executions being forbidden to be carried out by Celts, this Governor does not wish to interfere in Celtic customs. Again the action goes forward in time, with the women returning to the house after witnessing a scene where Roman soldiers arrived at the tribal village and arrested two men. It appears that the two men they are talking about are Caproc and Sibius, when suddenly Caproc himself enters the room and reveals the full facts of what actually happened. The Roman Governor, upon being told by Sibius of Caproc’s forthcoming execution, only pretended to be unconcerned. He was in fact merely having a bit of fun with the humble preacher and as soon as he had dismissed him, sent troops up to arrest Dogmiel.

This was the excuse he needed to get rid of yet another Druid, who had until then enjoyed the protection of the Roman Municipae (local Governor) of Verulamium.

Cast

CAPROC a Celtic Nobleman.
GWENETH Caproc’s wife.
DOGMIEL a Druid
SIBIUS a Christian preacher from Rome.
BRYGID a Roman woman who teaches music.
MORRIGAN a maid
MABINA Caproc and Gweneth’s daughter

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3 reviews for Another God

  1. Steve Davies

    Summary Performance History

    2# Lyndhurst, Hants. (June 2013)

  2. Steve Davies

    This play was written with the idea it could be performed alongside “Lincoln Green” to form one full-length play.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Steve Davies

    ’This play was thoroughly enjoyed by both actors and audience. It is packed with subtle humour. All the characters have their own comical aspect, exposing snobbery, power, greed and fear to good effect. Add a touch of faith to the mix and Another God leaves you pondering deeply, but with a smile on your face!’ (Stevie Parker)

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