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Another God/Lincoln Green

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These two one-act plays were designed to be played together as one full production and were written specifically for that purpose. Despite being set in two separate eras, the stage set needs only some adjusting which is done during the interval .

Another God:

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.

 

Lincoln Green:

The play is a spoof on the Robin Hood legend which is believed to have been based on a medieval ballad called ‘The Lyttel Geste of Robyn Hode’. Selected verses from this ballad, in a modernised translation, are recited or sung throughout the performance.

 

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Additional information

Author

Genre

Comedy

Script Style

Full Length Play

Duration (mins)

100

Male Cast

6

Female Cast

4

Optional Female

0

Total Cast

10

Total Cast Inc Opt

10

Synopsis

Another God:

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.

 

Lincoln Green

The play is a spoof on the Robin Hood legend which is believed to have been based on a medieval ballad called ‘The Lyttel Geste of Robyn Hode’. Selected verses from this ballad, in a modernised translation, are recited or sung throughout the performance.

Gilbert is an illiterate young swineherd who is in love with Elizabeth, a girl of similar poor background but who has been promised to a middle-aged soldier Ralph Butcher, an officer serving under the Sherrif of Nottingham. Gilbert is constantly made aware of his lowly status and following a particularly embarrassing scene where he is humiliated in front of Elizabeth by both Ralph and then his own father, Gilbert runs away to join Robin Hood’s outlaw gang. He is gone for over a year before returning to his parents Agatha and Walter’s home dressed in a Lincoln Green outfit and claiming to be a member of Robin Hood’s Merry Men. Calling himself Gilbert A’ Green, he regales his parents, but more importantly Elizabeth, about his exploits as an outlaw, which have even been celebrated in a ballad. Before Gilbert returns to Sherwood Forest though, Elizabeth asks him to bring her back some parchment with Robin Hood’s signature on it, as well as those of Little John, Friar Tuck, Will Scarlet and other famous gang members. Autograph collecting has been around much longer than we realise, dating back to Roman times in fact. Not long after this, Gilbert’s parents are visited by a strange old man who is on the run from the authorities, and who claims to be Robin Hood. They reluctantly hide him from the Sherrif of Nottingham’s men and when the coast is clear question him about their son. But this supposed Robin Hood has never heard of Gilbert A’ Green.

So upon Gilbert’s next visit they enquire as to what is going on, then Elizabeth arrives and asks him if he has brought Robin Hood and his gang’s signatures. Gilbert produces the parchment when suddenly Ralph bursts in having been alerted to the young outlaw’s presence. Gilbert now strenuously denies being involved with Robin Hood, but Ralph sees the parchment and snatches it out of his hand.

He reads out what is written on it, but to his dismay and Gilbert’s relief, it turns out not to be the incriminating document they expected it to be. Unknown to Gilbert, the scribe he hired to write these signatures for him decided to reveal the truth about Gilbert’s activities. Which is that he is nothing more than a balladeer who travels around with a troupe of actors visiting fairs and taverns singing about the exploits of Robin Hood and his Merry Men.

As Ralph leaves in disgust, the old man who Agatha and Walter sheltered earlier from the Sherriff’s men, returns to reward them for helping him. He hands them a small fortune in gold thereby convincing everyone that he is indeed none other than Robin Hood. But then upon learning that Elizabeth’s parents will not let her marry Gilbert because he is just a poor swineherd, the famed outlaw snatches the gold back out of Walter’s hand. True to his reputation Robin Hood robs the now rich Walter, to help his poor son Gilbert. This enables the young swineherd to sway her father’s hand and let him marry Elizabeth.

 

 

The first five verses of ‘A Little Gest of Robin Hood’ can be heard sung on You Tube:

They actually open Lincoln Green (Scene 1).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_FiUMJZvak

 

The other song in the play ‘The Ballad of Gilbert A’ Green’ is sung to the tune of ‘Packington’s Pound’

which can be heard on You Tube clip.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PW5aetr9HKw

Cast

Another God:

CAPROC

– a minor Celtic Nobleman.

GWENETH

– Caproc’s wife.

DOGMIEL

– a Druid

SIBIUS

– a Christian preacher from Rome.

BRYGID

– a Roman lady who teaches music.

MORRIGAN

– a maid

MABINA

– Caproc and Gweneth’s daughter

 

Lincoln Green:

GILBERT: A young swineherd.

ELIZABETH: A teenage village girl.

WALTER: Gilbert’s bullying father.

AGATHA: Walter’s wife and Gilbert’s mother.

RALPH: Captain of the Sheriff of Nottingham’s guard.

ROBIN HOOD: The famed outlaw in the twilight years of his life.

THE MINSTREL A medieval minstrel who sings ballads about Robin Hood.

MARIA: A medieval scribe.

PRIEST: Self explanatory.

LISTENER 1: A listener and commentator of ballads about Robin Hood.

LISTENER 2: Listener 1’s wife.

INNKEEPER

 

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