READING FOR THREE VOICES:
A: There was a man
B: Who had two sons.
C: Bill (looks at A) and Bob (looks at B)
A: One day Bob said to his father
B: Give me my share of the property
C: So the Father divided up his property between his two sons.
A: Not long afterwards Bob said
B: Iím off Dad, byee.
C: And off he went to the big, big city
A: with everything he owned in a bag
B: And spent all his money on wild, wild living. (Shrugs shoulders with rueful smile) Well it
was all just too tempting.
C: He had spent everything
A: When a bad famine spread throughout the land.
B: (With pained, hungry voice) There was nothing to eat.
C: He went to work for a man in the country, who sent him to take care of his pigs.
B: (Nodding head) Pigs!
C: He would have been glad to eat what the pigs were eating
A: But no-one gave him a thing. Aah!
B: (looks at A) I know - I was desperate.
C: Finally he came to his senses and had an idea
B: My Fatherís workers have plenty to eat and here I am, starving to death! I will go to my
Father and say to him ĎFather I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer
good enough to be called your son. Treat me like one of your workers.í
C: Bob got up and started back to his father.
A: But when he was still a long way off
B: His father saw him!
C: And felt sorry for him. And ran to him. And hugged him. And kissed him!
A: Bob said
B: Father I have sinned against God and against you. I am no longer good enough to be
called your son.
C: But his Father called for his best clothes
A: and his ring
B: AND sandals
C: AND a fatted calf.
A: For a big party.
B: To celebrate because
C: This son of mine was dead, but now has come back to life.
A: Was lost. And has now been found.
B: Bill had been out in the field.
C: When he came near the house he heard the music and dancing. He asked one of the
A: Whatís going on?
B: He was told about his brotherís return
C: And the party to celebrate.
A: He was so angry he would not even go into the house (turns his back on B & C)
B: His Father came out and begged him to go in.
C: But Bill said
A: For years I have worked for you like a slave and have always obeyed you. But you have
never even given me a little goat to give a dinner for my friends. This other son wasted
your money and now he has come home, you order the best calf to be killed for a feast.
B: His father replied
C: My son you are always with me and everything I have is yours. But we should be glad
and celebrate! Your brother was dead,
A: But now he is alive.
B: He was lost
C: And now has been found.
A: So what did Bill do?
B: Did he stay out or go in?
C: Well, thatís another story...