Three Wise Fools
by Margaret Franks
Subtitled ‘A Fantasy on the Nativity’, this one-act play, in the words of the author, ‘explores some of the more intriguing aspects of the Nativity story’. With more than a passing nod to T.S. Eliot’s poem ‘The Journey of the Magi’, she asks the question ‘Were the Wise Men really so wise? Or could they have been status-conscious dignitaries whose astronomy was, at best, shaky, and whose philosophies had failed them?’ Witty, entertaining and thoughtful, the play can be performed at either Christmas or Epiphany.
In addition to the Wise Men, the cast includes The Recording Angel, who could be either male or female. Also featured are some noisy and rumbustious shepherds: at least two, but there could be any number, male or female, young and old, providing an excellent opportunity to include some young people alongside the adult actors.