Honky Tonky Donkey
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Honky Tonky Donkey

By Niki Davies

Ages 4-7

Duration 25 mins
Speaking Roles 29
Cast Size 17-50+
Ideal Cast Size 35

From the brilliant Niki Davies comes 'Honky Tonky Donkey', a charming nativity perfectly pitched for 4-8 year olds. With seven toe-tapping songs and a simple and adaptable script, this delightful new nativity will captivate young performers and offers plenty of scope both for smaller and larger casts. 

Honky Tonky, the world's only one-man band donkey, is struggling with writer's block. Looking for inspiration, he is delighted when Mary and Joseph ask for his help on their journey to Bethlehem. Surely he will find inspiration there! And with the arrival of a new-born baby, not to mention angels, shepherds and kings, Honky Tonky soon finds he has plenty to write about. 

The editable script is available for a small additional charge when purchased alongside the Book/CD or Book/Download pack and a performance licence, making it easier to make those inevitable tweaks and ensure the nativity fits your particular needs. 

NB - An individual performance licence (if a live audience from outside of the school is to be present) and/or a filming/streaming licence (if footage is to be shared) is required to stage this nativity. 

UK School Invoicing Available - email us at info@theschoolmusicalscompany.com

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Buying Options


Book & CD: Book includes full script, character list, curriculum-linked material, sheet music and lyrics. CD includes all songs recorded with children’s voices and full backing tracks.

Book & Digital Downloads: Book as above, with digital downloads that include MP3s of all of the songs and backing tracks, plus a PDF version of the full book. Where available, a complimentary pdf version of the abridged script is also included.


Performance Licence: You need a performance licence to perform our show to anyone other than children and staff. Our licences are simple - one price allows you to perform the show as many times as you like for a whole year.

Filming/Streaming Licence: If you plan to film your performance and manufacture DVDs for distribution, stream content on an internet site or on social media, you will also need to purchase this licence.


The EDITABLE VERSION of the script in WORD format is not available as a stand-alone purchase. However, it can be purchased alongside one of the Pack options when a performance or filming/streaming licence is also purchased. It is an additional item (script only, no music or production information) and is not a substitute for the main resource.


Songwriter and one man bander, Honky Tonky Donkey can’t find inspiration for his next song. When he discovers that everyone is leaving Nazareth to go to Bethlehem for a census, he decides to go too. Maybe he will find his inspiration there? Then who should hitch a ride but a very special couple called Mary and Joseph. When they get to Bethlehem and a baby is born, things suddenly become obvious to Honky Tonky Donkey. As the world celebrates the birth of a wonderful child, a new song is written. And of course, it is all about the baby Jesus.


Enter, Honky Tonky Donkey, the most famous donkey in Nazareth, and Nazareth’s one and only one man band (HONKY TONKY DONKEY).

When the villagers ask Honky Tonky Donkey to play a new song, he explains that he has writer’s block.

He thinks that he should travel to find inspiration, and as everyone is travelling to Bethlehem for a census, it seems like a good plan to go along too. When Mary asks if he could take her and Joseph with him, little does he realise the wonders in store once they reach Bethlehem (WE’RE ALL GOING TO BETHLEHEM).

As they travel through the hills, Mary is very tired and asks if they can stop for a rest. They take refuge with a group of friendly shepherds where everyone joins in with some campfire cheer and a good sing song, led by Honky Tonky Donkey (KEEP THE FIRE GOING).

When they reach Bethlehem the next evening, Honky Tonky Donkey is keen to start on his new song, however, Mary and Joseph can’t find anywhere to stay. Honky Tonky Donkey has a kind heart and decides to change a grumpy innkeeper‘s mood by performing his one man band act, with the help of the villagers, so that the innkeeper will give Mary and Joseph a room (IT’S WHAT A DONKEY’S FOR).

Though there are no rooms available, Mary and Joseph are grateful for the stable provided by the innkeeper and his wife. Mary and Joseph need to rest, whilst Honky Tonky Donkey persuades everyone else to join in with a stable knees-up (THE DONKEY DANCE).

Everyone is finally asleep. On awakening, something amazing has happened: a very special baby has been born in the stable. Honkey Tonky Donkey and the animals are overcome with happiness and wonder, as everybody sings (WHAT A BEAUTIFUL CHILD).

Then the same shepherds they had met on the hills enter the stable, followed by three kings who carry wonderful gifts for the baby Jesus. At the birth of Jesus, joy spreads through the stable, and finally Honky Tonky Donkey knows what his song will be about (AMAZING).

Song Samples

Honky Tonky Donkey
We're All Going To Bethlehem
Keep The Fire Going
It's What A Donkey's For
The Donkey Dance
What A Beautiful Child


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