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 the same 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.
This is the second in the Capernaum Street series and principally relates the events of the Transfiguration (Matt 17:1-9, Mark 9:2-9, Luke 9:28-36). However quite a lot has happened since Part 1. The start of the sketch is based on Mark 1:29-31 to pick up from where we left off in Part 1. Finally, it is also geared up to set up Peter for a fall - his denial of Christ - which occurs in Part 3. So Peter's final comments in the sketch are intended to hint towards what he will say to Jesus in (for example) Matt 26:33. Parts 1 and 2 originally formed the first Capernaum Street mini-series that we performed and Parts 3-5 the second. Note: the Part numbers refer to the order the sketches were written in and not the order of events in Peter's life.
We use three devices to create a consistent "look and feel" to the Capernaum Street sketches:
Peter: [Entering] Hiya luv.
Elizabeth: You're back then!
Peter: Er…So are you pleased to see me then?
Elizabeth: Oh of course I am, silly!
Peter: Well, I thought … y'know I did wonder … after I first left and everything.
Elizabeth: Oh that's OK! Anyway I have seen you since then.
Peter: Oh aye. When your mum were ill - seems ages ago.
Elizabeth: Yes, and that nice bloke Jesus healed her.
Peter: Aye. And that were a right good nosh-up she cooked us afterwards 'n' all.
Elizabeth: You haven't changed.
Peter: Well its was … er … spiritually satisfying as well!
Elizabeth: So, come on, tell me what's been happening while you've been away?
Peter: We've been all over Elizabeth. All over. Jesus has been preaching and healing and I've seen him do the most amazing miracles you would not believe it!
Elizabeth: Oh its so exciting wait until I tell Martha next door!
Peter: Elizabeth! I told you when Jesus was here what Martha thinks doesn't matter... its what God thinks!
Elizabeth: Oh yes. Sorry. Carry on.
Peter: There have just been so many people, we've met so many people. Jesus has taught and preached to so many. It seems like he never stops. When he said "you will fish for men and woman" I didn't realise it was going to be for so many!
Elizabeth: Ooo. Wait until I tell …
Elizabeth: … the children, Peter - I'll tell the children.
Peter: Alright. Anyway how have you been?
Elizabeth: Its funny actually. Everything's been fine. The children are fine, Mum's loads better now. I've missed you of course.
Peter: Oh good … that's nice.
Elizabeth: Its almost like someone was looking after us.
Peter: Oh that'll be His Father?
Elizabeth: Whose father?
Peter: Jesus's Father. You know - God.
Elizabeth: That nice man's father is God. Jesus is God's Son? Oh wait until I tell M…
Peter: Who love?
Elizabeth: Mum. Wait until I tell Mum. Anyway. Wait a minute. How do you know he's God's Son - and not just a prophet?
Peter: Well its funny you should ask that because the other day Jesus took just me and James and John?
Elizabeth: The Thunder-Boys?
Peter: Yeh the three of us are sort of the inner circle of disciples
Elizabeth: Oh Peter - you getting the top job and all. Wait until … I put the kettle on. Carry on.
Peter: Oh I'm not top. That would cause arguments and me and James and John would never dream of arguing. [pause] Anyway Jesus asked the three of us to come up a mountain with him. And there I saw the most incredible sight.
Elizabeth: What, tell me!
Peter: Jesus was transformed before our very eyes. He became as white as snow, and then brighter and brighter. Until he shone like the sun. I could hardly look. Then I could have sworn that Moses and Elijah appeared with him. I dunno how I knew it was them. I just knew.
Elizabeth: What did you do.?
Peter: Er … oh err … well what could I do. Err it doesn't matter anyway because next this voice spoke. It was an overwhelming sound like a roaring wind speaking: "This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him”. Then it was over. All we could see was Jesus. Just Jesus. [pause] That's how I know that he's God's Son. Cos God said so!
Elizabeth: Oh Peter …
Peter: [suddenly Peter looks horrified and puts his hand over his mouth] Oh no. Oh no.
Elizabeth: What is it?.
Peter: I wasn't supposed to say anything - we weren't supposed to tell anyone - Jesus specifically told us not to tell anyone about it until he had risen from the dead …
Peter: … what have I done - you won't tell anyone will you. Oh no ? especially not that Martha next door!
Elizabeth: No of course not. But what did he mean by "after he'd risen from the dead"?
Peter: Dunno. We wondered about that. He does say some strange things sometimes. Morbid like.
Elizabeth: But to rise from the dead he'd have to die first …
Peter: No he won't die. I won't let him. I know some of the authorities are out to get him but I'll protect him. I'll always stand by him - even if I have to fight - I will, for him. [assumes "heroic" posture]
Elizabeth: [embraces him and looks lovingly at him] Oh Peter!
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