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Part 15 - Prison Break
by Jane And Mark Lewis
Capernaum Street grew out of our desire to write our own
series of sketches which would be based on a UK soap opera
(in order to
feel familiar and engage people) and have cliff-hanger
people to come back for "next week's exciting episode").
Then one of the series we were doing in our Family
was on the
life of Peter. As Peter was a "Northerner" (as far as
those in Judea
concerned) we decided to write a series tenuously based
Street. As Peter lived in Capernaum, the title of
wasn't too difficult to come up with! We were then faced
familiar to many church drama groups - a lack of
resources and a
special effects budget. These seem necessary given the
Then we had the idea - what if Peter "came home from
work", as it were,
from his "day job" as a disciple of Jesus to relay all
to his wife Elizabeth (OK we made up the Elizabeth bit
but we know
had a wife because he had a mother-in-law - see Mark
1:30). This would
mean only two people were required and no special
Capernaum Street was born and the format has remained
less) the same
Each episode Peter returns from his day with Jesus to
that's happened to Elizabeth in an
style. In the later sketches (including this one), that
Jesus' ascension, we've slightly modified this format to
Peter's new role.
This sketch was originally written to be the final part
series to follow on from Part 14
- Cornelius. The sketch is based on Acts 12:1-19.
(Note: the Part numbers refer to the order the sketches
in and not necessarily the order of events in Peter's
- Peter, apostle of Jesus.
- Elizabeth, his wife.
Peter should be dressed to suggest "fisherman". (E.g.
woolly jumper, water-proof jacket, etc.)
Elizabeth is a house-proud housewife and should be
have her hair in a scarf and have a duster to wave
around for emphasis
(Note: We've always stuck with the same costumes so that
are recognisable though by the later sketches from Acts
really fit with the situation).
The scene is an unspecified house-church location - Peter
have just returned from Jerusalem to meet with a gathered
to hear what had happened....
We use three devices to create a consistent "look and
- The characters are always dressed the same in every
- For each performance we project the Capernaum St.
on the data projector.
- We use, what turned out to be, a very successful
the start and end of each sketch: the Theme Tune. We
both play the
few bars of the theme tune to Coronation Street
Script (as performed)
[Peter & Elizabeth
onstage as they speak]
Elizabeth: Oh Peter I've
never been to such
an exciting prayer meeting!
been there but you know I was rather tied up...
Elizabeth: I know you were, [seeing
Ooooh hello everyone. We've been
away for Passover Festival and just got back. Suppose
we'd better tell
you what's been happening. Peter I think you'd better
the Passover was getting started I got arrested by King
Herod, well not
him personally obviously, his men like but anyway not a
experience! He's got a bit of a reputation with a sword as
Elizabeth: Poor James the Apostle
being killed -
that was terrible. His brother John was so upset.
Dreadful. So not looking too good for me either – there I
am stuck in
Now because of what happened the last time me and the lads
arrested, Herod decided to put a 24 hour guard on me: 4
on 4 shifts of six hours, just to make sure they don’t
fall asleep and
I didn't escape.
previous after all …..well you know like when Jesus rose
from the dead!
weren't taking any chances they chained me up between two
of them and
the other 2 were on the door.
So we knew
couldn't put Peter on trial until Passover was finished.
So we got
together to pray at Mary's house (you remember Martha –
mother of John Mark, nice woman big hair). We were
praying for days,
there were loads of us. We prayed that Peter would know
God's rest and
really peaceful and quiet in the cell - so I'd fallen
Elizabeth: As you do. We however
praying. We prayed for you to really feel the presence
of the Lord.
did - an angel appeared in a bright light and gave me a
sharp poke in
the ribs! I woke up with such a start but when I saw the
thought I was having a dream.
Elizabeth: As you do.
said "Get up quickly and get dressed". So I said "Sssh
keep your voice
down you’ll wake the guards". Except I looked and they
Then I said, "How am I going to get dressed with these
chains on?" Then
the angel says "Don't worry about that, Peter, get your
coat on it's a
bit nippy outside".
Elizabeth: Meanwhile we were
the Lord would release you from the clutches of Herod.
Peter: So I
to put my jacket on and hey presto my chains just fell off
still didn't notice and the angel said "Come on follow me"
so I did.
Elizabeth: We were praying
that the Lord
would lead and guide you and open doors for you to tell
people all that
doors did open and the angel guided me out of the cell. So
past the guards, it was as if they couldn't see us. We
door after door. Finally even the gate to the city swung
open and out
we went into the night. So we were walking along and I
really dark and I'm cold and the angel disappears and I'm
my own and suddenly I realised it weren't a dream. I was
free just like
last time. Anyway I thought the nearest house to get to
would be Mary's
Elizabeth: Anyway we were still
there's a knock at the door. So Rhoda the servant girl
(you remember Rhoda curly hair, bit slow!) goes to the
door then she comes to me and
says "It's Peter" and I say "Yes love we're praying for
him". She says:
"But I recognized his voice", so I say don't be daft.
it was me!
Elizabeth: Yes I know that
now but well we
didn’t believe her. She is quite excitable you know!
Next thing Rhoda's
tugging my arm and saying "No really it's Peter".
Someone said. "I
expect it's just his angel" and I do remember thinking
then why would
an angel knock at the door?
had already gone - it was me!! So I knocked again
and again and
again. 15 mins I was stood outside waiting for you to let
me in! Why
didn't someone just come to the door and check?
Elizabeth: Because we were
Peter to be released from prison ... oh I see what you
mean. Anyway she
kept going on and on and someone was knocking at the
door so loudly we
could hardly hear ourselves praying.
sorry for disturbing your prayer meeting but it was me!
Elizabeth: Yes I know so we all
went to the door
and well we were astonished because it was Peter here.
one [nodding to
Elizabeth] got a bit
excitable so I had to say "Calm down dear" and well I had
everyone down actually so I could tell them what had
Elizabeth: So if anyone tells
doesn't answer prayer, I'll tell them he does. Right
Peter: Yes love.
This has been
exciting! They should make a movie out of this Peter.
Peter: They can do
they like love just so long as I can get a nice cup of
[Theme tune - this should be
theme tune to The Great Escape instead of the usual
Coronation St. tune]
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