A Bad Friday – Video Meditation

Ever wondered what it would have been like to be present at the first Good Friday?
Live it through the words of an ordinary man as he goes to watch his friend die – and hear his last words …

This dramatic monologue combines modern setting with Biblical narrative in a thought-provoking meditation for Good Friday.
The hauntingly powerful climax will make you catch your breath.


The main part lasts for 11 minutes, ending with the words of the thief on the cross. After this are a further three minutes of silence with images for meditation, making this eminently suitable for an ‘hour at the cross’ service. However, the video may be ended after the speech for all-age worship.

The style is a deliberate mixture of modern, everyday situations with powerful Biblical images, emphasising the present reality of the timeless narrative. Images are a mix of ordinary photos, screenshots, illustrations and fine art, reflecting a wide variety of styles and cultures. It includes live film shot at the Bury-St-Edmunds Passion Play.

‘A Bad Friday’ is a script from The Reflectionary’s book ‘A Bucketful of Ideas for Church Drama’, which is available in Kindle and paperback from Amazon.


Voice artist Steve Dawson

Narration recorded at Attic Studios 2018

Videos from Bury-St-Edmunds Passion Play (c) Steve Dawson 2014

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