by Miles Malleson
Short Play, Drama / 4m, 3f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
The angel Michael comes from Heaven to learn three lessons about mankind: what dwells in man, what is not given to man, and what men live by.
Michael, the Angel, is appointed to gather souls departing in the hour of death. He fails in one of his divine missions, and as punishment is sent to dwell in the cottage of a Russian peasant boot-maker. Through the events of his life with these humble folk he learns the answers to three questions: ‘What dwells in Man?’, ‘What is not given to Man?’ and ‘What does Man live by?’
Having learned that it is not given to man to know his own needs, and it is Love by which he lives, he imparts this knowledge to those who have housed him, and is permitted to return to his labours.
- Minimum Fee: £13 per performance plus VAT when applicable.
- Duration: 30 minutes
- Setting: A peasant's hut.
- Additional Features: No intermission
Casting4m, 3f, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
SIMON - middle aged
MATRYONA - a peasant woman
ANIUSKA - a child
MICHAEL - apparently about 18
A RUSSIAN NOBLE
- Non-Traditional casting
- Cross gender casting
- Features Children
- Roles for Children