Frequently Asked Questions
If your question isn't here, please contact me.
This site is created, written and maintained by me, Rod Belt. Thank you for visiting! I am the author of all the drama scripts, prayers and anything else on this site and I hope you enjoy it!
First of all, I particularly love to read comments from people who have used the scripts or prayers, so please please tell me your experiences! On the DramatisDei Facebook page you can share your comments (tagging in friends or your church/school if you want), write a review and award a star rating, or personally message me. Alternatively you can use the Contact form. I will try to reply before too long (though I work irregular hours, and remember you may be on a very different timezone.)
All the drama scripts have links to a preview (just beneath the Buy Now button) , to allow you to see what the script is like and decide whether it would be useful to you. That should help you decide if you want to purchase. They are marked as previews by having a dark watermark across the middle. The end is also missing. Purchased copies of scripts are, of course, complete and have no such annoying text, so go ahead and buy, the prices are very reasonable!
Of course! You can pay with any usual credit or debit card or via a PayPal account. Whichever method you choose, you will go through PayPal screens but in the case of card payments PayPal will act as a secure gateway to your bank’s own systems.
When you have successfully completed the checkout and payment screens you will see a purchase confirmation popup. This has a button to download your purchase. At the same time, you will also be sent an email containing links to download your purchases. The email is sent from payhip.com (the commerce platform this site sits on) to the email address you’ve given at checkout – if you don’t see it, check your spam folder. If you have any further prpblem contact me via the Contact form.
Unfortunately not. Because you are not buying a physical product you can't actually return it to me and so a refund can not normally be given. For this reason every script has a preview link (just beneath the Buy Now button) which allows you to see a good part of the script, so you should be in a good position to judge its suitability for your needs before purchasing. And if you are still not sure, you can contact me.
Scripts are copyright works so only the author can re-write them. However, having said that, I understand that circumstances (available cast, venue, props, time of year, local usage of English) may make the script as it stands unhelpful for performance without small informal amendments – changing “him” to her”, “Mum” to “Mom”, “we” to “I”, “jelly” to “jello”. Any such changes must not change the meaning or the substance of the script, if they are written onto the script it should be clear that they are local amendments to the original words, and (of course) you may not circulate the changed script to others. If in doubt, please ask – message me via the Facebook page or use the Contact form.
My aim is to meet all the reasonable needs and desires of a purchaser purchaser. You can make a copy of the script for everyone involved in a performance (actors, director, sound engineer etc.) so that they can all get on with learning it. What you can't do is pass copies on to interested friends - please send them a link to the relevant website page so that they can buy their own copy!
No! Normally licenses have to be obtained from copyright holders for each performance of a script, but I have opted to grant you (and your group) unlimited performance rights, included in the price of the script. Note though that this right is only granted to you, the purchaser, and can not be passed on to others.
Yes, go ahead, record yourselves in video or photograph and feel free to upload your it to your website, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube so long as you (a) credit me (Rod Belt) as author, (b) add a link to this site, DramatisDei.com, and (c) give me access to the material either by directly mailing it to me or letting me have a link to where it is posted. By doing this you accept that I can use the photos/recording on this site or elsewhere for illustration or publicity as I see fit.
There are several possible reasons. I’m English and if you are not then that probably explains it! Also when it comes to language I have a style of my own. I tend to use lots of commas, and ellipses… And I start sentences with words like and, also and but, which I’m sure my teachers must have told me not to do. Please forgive me for that, I just write the way I think
Sorry! It is not my aim to be offensive to anyone, nor to be personal. A lot of what is written here is fairly light-hearted, mostly influenced by a belief that above all God wants us to be expressions of His love.
Where serious issues are raised the intention is usually to examine, challenge (and maybe ridicule) ideas rather than the individuals who hold them.
There are many strands of viewpoint within Christianity on almost every subject and you are bound to disagree with what you read here at least some of the time! Hopefully in those cases we can agree to differ amicably.
When Christ was asked for the greatest commandment he simply told us to love God and to love our neighbours as ourselves (Matthew 22:36-40). That’s a fantastic statement of faith! He also told us a few other wonderful and hard things – to love our enemies, not to judge others and to forgive people a ridiculous number of times. We are all working on those, right?
I don’t want to replace God with rules. No two lives are the same and part of our journey with Christ is to learn how his love shapes our life. Have you met two Christians who saw it all the same way? Haven’t your views changed over time? Love can’t be carved out of stone – maybe that’s why Jesus preferred to write in the dust!
My writings on this site are not sponsored, supported, promoted or endorsed by any church or organisation. I am very willing to consider gifts though!