The Good Samaritan Assembly Cast of 30
NB: The other play, with a cast of 10, available as a separate purchase, is a re-telling of the parable with complementary discussion notes on the bystander effect.
This full-length assembly with a cast of 30 starts with this same cast of 10 but has an additional 20 speakers dealing with ‘the bystander effect’ with reference to today’s society, delivered via five different scenarios.
Duration - around 15 to 20 minutes
Scenario 1 - A young boy/teenager being beaten up by a group of other teenage boys
(Enter 5 boys and 5 bystanders)
(Bystanders in two groups, chatting amongst themselves; group of five boys chatting/messing around)
(Suddenly four boys ‘fall out’ with the fifth boy and set upon him, ‘beating him to the ground’)
(Bystanders look on bewildered before walking off hurriedly)
(Four boys do a ‘high five’ and walk off, leaving the fifth boy, sprawled on the ground, moaning)
(Enter Good Samaritan, who helps boy to his feet and helps him back to his seat)
Narrator: (Jumping out of his seat) Bravo! You’ve done it again! Good Samaritan to the rescue!
Good Samaritan: So, what about those other people who were there and witnessed what happened? Where did they go? Let’s call them back.
(Good Samaritan gestures to five bystanders to come and join him)
Good Samaritan: So. What was going on there? Explain yourselves, please.
Bystander 1: Oh, you know how it is.
Bystander 2: Boys will be boys!
Bystander 3: Just thought we’d let them get on with it.
Bystander 4: Nothing to do with us!
Bystander 5: We didn’t want to get involved
Good Samaritan: So. Let’s get this straight. You were happy to risk that young boy being severely injured. Perhaps worse.
Bystander 1: (Laughing nervously) Oh let’s not exaggerate!
(All bystanders nod in agreement)
Good Samaritan: But you didn’t know he’d be all right, did you?
(All bystanders shuffle their feet nervously and look to the ground)
Good Samaritan: No, you didn’t! Shame on you for walking away!
Bystander 2: But what could I have done?
Bystander 3: I’m no fighter!
Bystander 4: What if they’d turned on me?
Bystander 5: I didn’t want to get hurt!
Good Samaritan: So, it was OK to let someone else get hurt?
Bystander 1: Well,
Good Samaritan: (Exploding) No it wasn’t! And you all know it!
Bystander 2: But
Good Samaritan: No buts! I want you all to go away and have a think. Then come back to me and tell me what you would do differently next time.
(Good Samaritan shakes his head as a group of bystanders move to the side, and engage in a whispered debate)
Good Samaritan: (To Narrator) I hope you are making a note of what you’ve just seen.
Narrator: Of course. (Pauses) But I do have a certain amount of sympathy for that last group.
Good Samaritan: Why?
Narrator: Because, well, they just didn’t want to get involved, did they?
Good Samaritan: (Exploding) And you think that is a reason not to do something?
(Good Samaritan shakes his head and walks up and down)Good Samaritan:
(To Narrator) So let me ask you. What if that were you, lying there? Would you still feel the same sympathy to those absent bystanders?
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