Away in a Suitcase – A Nativity Play

Yes, it’s that time of year. Here is a brand-new Nativity play, Away in a Suitcase (originally called called ‘If Christmas Happened Today’). It is set in modern day and has charming transformation into  a traditional crib scene with a short but thoughtful message at the end.

It is designed to work with a range of ages and abilities, so it’s perfect for your Sunday school and youth group. There are cool characters and a bit of comedy acting for your ‘yoof’, and  non-speaking parts that will be easy for your younger children.

With minimal costumes and props, this is ideal for the less-than-ideal performance spaces that most of us cope with. Great for your school or Sunday school, and with a variable number of players from 20 to over 30 it can be tailored to fit your situation. There’s a sample below.

You can insert carols between scenes if you are using it in a service, or you can run the action straight through. It has a running time of 20-25 minutes including the talk.

A sample of the script is below. It includes a suggested Christmas message and a carol to accompany the beautiful transformation from modern day to traditional crib scene. Break out the tissues – it’ll have all the grannies weeping!


This script is now available as a stand-alone book called ‘Away in a Suitcase‘ and as part of the compilation volume ‘I Saw Three Skits Come Sailing In’, along with ‘God Is With Us – Everywhere!’ and ‘Christmas Gone Worng!’.

writer mug 4I’m a free-lance writer, and while I give these resources away for free, they take time and effort to produce, and I need to earn a living!

So why not send me what you’d spend on the book that this would be in, or become a regular supporter for just the price of a coffee? I’d really appreciate it. Thanks.

If you find these free resources useful, would you consider supporting my work? The price of a coffee a month would be great [click here] or whatever you can afford. But don’t worry if you can’t. You are very welcome to help yourself for free.

You can donate via my Buy Me a Coffee account. Or you could buy one of my books 🙂

If this play does not quite fit the bill, check out the Christmas scripts in my two drama books:

Both books have loads of other scripts as well, plus hints and tips on using drama in church. Check them out. (Then buy them!)

Walking to Bethlehem coverWhile we’re on the subject of books, congratulations to Eileen Bigg who wins the book-giveaway of Walking To Bethlehem, 25 imaginative Advent devotions for adults and children. Congrats, Eileen, a signed copy is on its way to you. 🙂

If you were not the lucky winner, commiserations, but you still have time to get your copy before the flurry starts! Only £4.99 / $6.99 from Amazon of your favourite bookshop.

If they don’t have them in stock, ask them to order it in. Also, signed copies available from me.

Click here for script sample of Away in a Suitcase (first called ‘If Christmas Happened Today’)

Buy the book or ebook on Amazon or from you favourite bookshop.


Nativity image courtesy of St Clements, Chicago. Thank you.

2 thoughts on “Away in a Suitcase – A Nativity Play

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s