Miracles: Jesus heals Jairus’ daughter

Use these Immersive Bible Study resources to explore the story of Jairus’ daughter from the perspective of directors, actors, musicians, photographers and a whole host of volunteers. People who have taken part in Passion Plays around the UK leave a rich legacy of fascinating insights into the Gospel story after bringing it to life on the streets and city centres every Easter. What can we learn from them in this Immersive Bible Study? Find out more about Immersive Bible Studies here. 

Readings:

  • Matthew 9:18,23-26,
  • Mark 5:21-24,35-43,
  • Luke 8:40-42,49-56.
A group of actors sit and kneel on stage in a scene from the Leek Passion Play, with Jesus in the middle.

Getting to know the text

  • Read the passage out aloud more than once.
  • Listen as someone else reads another passage from a different Gospel.
  • Identify key words or phrases and discus with others how you would want to emphasise these in a stage production.
  • Re-write this passage as a short story or as a short script. Remember that the Gospels are written as eye-witness accounts, so they are concise and factual, without the descriptive details of a fictional narrative.

Getting to know your character

How would you embody these characters if you were acting in this scene?

  • Read out the passage and make notes on gesture and voice at key moments for your chosen character.
  • Write a back story for your character – what has been happening in their life before this scene?
  • Make notes on the use of voice, body language and gesture for your character.  

 

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Director’s notes

How would you stage this if you were a director?

  • Write stage directions for key moments in this passage for the actors playing each part.
  • Write an aside for one or two characters to provide more information or dramatic tension. (Remember, an aside is when a character voices his or her thoughts to the audience without the other characters overhearing.)
  • Write notes on casting for the main characters – what would they look or sound like? 
  • How would you advise the rest of actors to behave on stage as they watch and respond to what is happening? Remember Jesus was often followed by large crowds who gathered to watch and listen.

 

Gallery

Below are images taken from other stories of miraculous healings. You can see people coming to Jesus with all sorts of problems and you can see them receiving words of peace or a healing touch. You can also see them leaping for joy afterwards. How would you want to stage their stories?

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