Copyright © 2019 Jane And Mark Lewis.
Part 17 - Palm Sunday
by Jane And Mark Lewis
Capernaum Street grew out of our desire to write our own
"soap opera"-style series of sketches which would be based
on a UK soap opera (in order to feel familiar and engage
people) and have cliff-hanger endings (to encourage people
to come back for "next week's exciting episode").
Then one of the series we were doing in our Family
Services was on the life of Peter. As Peter was a
"Northerner" (as far as those in Judea were concerned)
we decided to write a series tenuously based on Coronation
Street. As Peter lived in Capernaum, the title of
Capernaum Street wasn't too difficult to come up
with! We were then faced with the constraints familiar
to many church drama groups - a lack of resources and a
Hollywood special effects budget. These seem necessary
given the miracles Peter witnessed. 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 his
experiences to his wife Elizabeth (OK we made up the
Elizabeth bit but we know Peter 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 effects!
Capernaum Street was born and the format has remained
(more or less) the same ever since. Each episode Peter
returns from his day with Jesus to recount everything
that's happened to Elizabeth in an
"up-North"-kitchen-sink-type-Coronation-Street style. In
the later sketches (including this one), that occur
after Jesus' ascension, we've slightly modified this
format to adjust to Peter's new role.
This sketch was drafted in response to a request from a
church who use our sketches, the idea is to try to show
that the expectation of the disciples was that Jesus
would be recognised as King - this was God's Kingdom
coming in reality, just not the way they thought!
(Note: the Part numbers refer to the order the sketches
were written in and not necessarily the order of events in
- Peter, apostle of Jesus.
- Elizabeth, his wife.
Peter should be dressed to suggest "fisherman". (E.g.
wellies, big woolly jumper, water-proof jacket, etc.)
Elizabeth is a house-proud housewife and should be
wearing a house-coat, 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
the characters are recognisable though by the later
sketches from Acts and this one in particular it doesn't
really fit with the situation!).
The scene is a room in a house - probably the kitchen. A
'kitchen table' with at least one chair would be useful.
We use three devices to create a consistent "look and
feel" to the Capernaum Street sketches:
- The characters are always dressed the same in every
sketch (see above).
- For each performance we project the Capernaum St.
sign (illustrated above) on the data projector.
- We use, what turned out to be, a very successful
device for indicating the start and end of each
sketch: the Theme Tune. We both play the first few
bars of the theme tune to Coronation Street on
Script (as performed)
[Peter enters looking
hot and bothered and exhausted...]
Elizabeth: [as Peter
enters] Oh Peter, there you are, goodness are you
down] It's crazy out there today Liz - It's mad.
know - I haven't a clue what I'm doing staying here in
Jerusalem - I don't know my way around or where all the
shops are and it's all so busy. The traffic is
Peter: No I
meant...Well actually I think I might know why all the
traffic has been so bad.
Elizabeth: Oh I see - what have you
not like that, it's Jesus!
Elizabeth: I might've
this is big, he rode into the city today on a donkey!
A donkey! What
did he do that for? Why a smelly old donkey - he'd be
quicker walking! - especially the way the traffic was
today - it was gridlocked!
listen you don't understand. Let me start from the
I think you
well obviously we were on our way here to Jerusalem,
that's why I'd told you to meet us here. Anyway as we're
approaching the city Jesus told us to go to a certain
place and we'd find a donkey there - a colt that no-one
had ever ridden. He told us to take it and if anyone
questioned us to say "the Lord needs it".
Elizabeth: So now Jesus is telling
you to steal donkeys?
... more like ...er... borrowing with permission, anyway
sure enough when we got there - there was the colt and as
we untied it this bloke says "Oi! What do you think you're
doing?" and so I said "The Lord needs it". "Oh OK, no
worries then that's fine" he says "say hi from me".
Elizabeth: So Jesus had arranged it
Peter: So it
would seem. Anyway we all threw our cloaks over the back
of the donkey and Jesus got on it to ride into
Jerusalem. And then it all went a bit crazy.
Elizabeth: Why, what
when we got to the place where the road goes down the
Mount of Olives, you know where I mean, and suddenly a
crowd starts gathering and shouting praise to God.
"Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord"
"Glory to God in the highest" and they're ripping down
palm branches from the trees and waving them and people
are throwing their cloaks and the branches on the road in
front of Jesus as he rode into Jerusalem. It was
this huge spontaneous noise and praise and excitement -
well for us in the crowd anyway.
as you can imagine the religious leaders weren't too
impressed and they shouted down at Jesus from the city
walls for him to tell us all to shut-up, and do you know
what he said?
Elizabeth: No what did he say?
said, "I tell you the truth"
Elizabeth: He says that a lot
tell you the truth, if they all keep quiet the very
stones on the ground will join in!"
Elizabeth: I bet they
didn't like that!
No judging by the faces they pulled - not at all.
Elizabeth: But you still haven't told me -
why is this so important - what's with the donkey?
Oh Liz - it's prophecy isn't it. There's
a prophecy in Zechariah about the king
arriving into Jerusalem - on a donkey!
Elizabeth: Since when do you know
anything about prophecy?
spending the last three years with Jesus Liz! Listen, you
know. I think this could be it. He's obviously
gearing up for something. I think this could be the
moment Liz when God's Kingdom really comes. Jesus will be
King and I'll be there as one of his team. This is
big, really big, it's huge.....
Elizabeth: That's so exciting
dear, but I expect you're ready for nice cup of tea
after all that fuss...
grand! Thanks luv! ....
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