by Sean Lang
This play explores the relationship between Jesus and his brother James. The action travels between the childhood of Jesus and a period twenty years later, during the Passion Week in Jerusalem. It chronicles the boys’ rivalry which, on James’s part, continues into adulthood, and how finally James comes to accept Jesus as the Son of God. The dialogue is fast-paced, modern and down to earth.
There is a cast of ten: three young teenagers (2 boys, 1 girl) plus 4 men and 3 women. Stage directions and period-specific references have been kept to a minimum to allow as much freedom as possible to the director. The play, which lasts about 75 minutes, can be performed in period costume or in modern dress.