MORECAMBE GOTH PASSION PLAY

ACT 1

GOTH

JESUS

CAIAPHAS

DISCIPLE 1

DISCIPLE 2

OTHER DISCIPLES/APOSTLES

JUDAS

PETER

GANG MEMBERS

 

[ON THE PROMENADE IN FRONT OF ALHAMBRA (OUTSIDE), IN THIS ACT THE GOTH AND JESUS ARE JUDGED AND MADE READY FOR THEIR EXECUTION.]

THE GOTH WALKS FROM THE DISTANT ENDS OF THE BEACH TOWARDS THE AUDIENCE ON THE PROMENADE. HE/SHE WALKS LANGUIDLY YET WITH PURPOSE. HE/SHE HAS A WALKMAN ON AND IS CLEARLY LISTENING TO MUSIC.

HE/SHE STOPS AT THE FOOT OF THE PROMENADE WALL. LOOKS AROUND. SPOTS THE CROWD. SMILES WRYLY.

THE GOTH: Hey, I’m looking for the gig! Anyone know where it’s on at? It’s a new group – bit like the Sisters of Mercy, everyone’s taking about them. Well, everyone like me I mean. (SPOTTING THE CROWD AND PUSHING AWAY THE CENTURIONS WHO SCOWL BUT LEAVE HIM BE) My name… My name is… No. You don’t need to know my name. I am a being. I could be any one of you. Any one of you could be me. I’m not who you think I am. As you’ll see. (SPASMS RACK HIM, HE RECOVERS HIMSELF WITH A PAINFUL SMILE) I am just a being. Oh yes. A child of God. As we’re all God’s children. What you are about to witness, what you are about to see, is the story of why I am what I am. Perhaps what I was always meant to be.

THE SOUNDS OF WHIPCRACKS BEHIND THE AUDIENCE.

Ah. And there another story begins. Look, look there. (THE AUDIENCE LOOK BEHIND THEM AT JESUS AND THE OTHER CROSS BEARER WHO ARRIVE AT THE SAME TIME. THE GOTH LAUGHS AND UNEXPECTEDLY COUGHS BLOOD) Indeed we all have our cross to carry. But I beseech you, every one of you, do not forget me and this cross that I carry for us all.

THE AUDIENCE TURN TO SEE JESUS IN CHAINS STUMBLING DOWN THE SEAFRONT ROAD FROM THE DIRECTION OF THE MIDLAND. CENTURIONS SCOURGE HIM, AND A BIBLICAL CROWD EGGS ON THE AUDIENCE TO REACT.

THE GOTH WALKS BEFORE JESUS.

THE GOTH: (HOLDING OUT HIS ARMS IN SYMPATHETIC WELCOME TOWARDS JESUS) See? This is why we’re here, isn’t it? The thrill of history, the comfort of our religion. The tortured man, the refugee, the spurned by the establishment, the voice in the wilderness… But stop!

EVERYONE FREEZES. THE GOTH WALKS PURPOSEFULLY AROUND NOW.

So we can understand how I got here to this point, we all need to know how he got here. You all know the Greatest Story Ever Told from two thousand years ago. Or do you? What was the sacrifice? What was the deal? How does all this help us now, today? Did we vote for this deal?

THE GOTH MOVES TO JOIN IN THE ACTION, THEN HALTS AND INSTEAD RECITES THE PARABLE OF THE SHEEP AND GOATS.

When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

AT THIS POINT AN AWARENESS WILL TAKE PLACE IN THE AUDIENCE’S MIND THAT THE CENTURIONS HAVE DOG-LIKE FEATURES, THOSE IN POWER ARE PIGS…

Ha, that was one of his, wasn’t it? Was that right? Did you see that? Did everyone see that? Was that right? Was that right? Everyone saw. And it happened. All he was doing was looking to help a soul or two. All I was doing was looking for the gig. Let’s find out who’s a sheep and who’s a goat. HE says we should be sheep. But you all know what happens to sheep.

THE GOTH ROAMS THE STREET AS THE FOLLOWING SCENES TRANSPIRE.

AS THE SCENES INTENSIFY FOR JESUS’ STORY, WE SEE A GANG SPOT AND CIRCLE AROUND THE GOTH, AND THE ATMOSPHERE TURNS SINISTER AND FATAL.

THE GOTH CAN SEE IT COMING, BUT EVEN AS HE/SHE IS BUFFETED BY THE GANG, HE/SHE COTINUES TO NARRATE.

THE GOTH: Matthew 26…. And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples,

JESUS: Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, Easter, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified.

THE GOTH: Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, and consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill him.

But Caiaphas said,

CAIAPHAS: Not on the feast day of Easter, lest there be an uproar among the people!

THE GOTH: Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, there came unto him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on his head, as he sat at meat. But when his disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying,

DISCIPLE 1: To what purpose is this waste?

DISCIPLE 2: For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.

THE GOTH: When Jesus understood it, he said unto them,

JESUS: Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon me. For ye have the poor always with you; but me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.

THE GOTH: Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests, and said unto them,

JUDAS: What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?

THE GOTH: And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray him. Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples came to Jesus, saying unto him,

THE DISCIPLES: Where wilt thou that we prepare for thee to eat the passover?

THE GOTH: And he said,

JESUS: Go into the city to such a man, and say unto him, The Master saith, My time is at hand; I will keep the passover at thy house with my disciples.

THE GOTH: And the disciples did as Jesus had appointed them; and they made ready the passover. Now when the evening was come, he sat down with the twelve. And as they did eat, he said,

JESUS: Verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.

THE GOTH: And they were exceeding sorrowful, and began every one of them to say unto him, Lord, is it I? And he answered and said,

JESUS: He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born.

THE GOTH: Then Judas, which betrayed him, answered and said,

JUDAS: Master, is it I?

THE GOTH: He said unto him,

JUDAS: Thou hast said.

THE GOTH: And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said,

JESUS: Take, eat; this is my body.

THE GOTH: And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying,

JESUS: Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

THE GOTH: And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives. Then saith Jesus unto them,

JESUS: All ye shall be offended because of me this night: for it is written, I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock shall be scattered abroad. But after I am risen again, I will go before you into Galilee.

THE GOTH: Peter answered and said unto him,

PETER: Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended.

THE GOTH: Jesus said unto him,

JESUS: Verily I say unto thee, That this night, before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.

THE GOTH: Peter said unto him,

PETER: Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee.

THE GOTH: Likewise also said all the disciples. Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples,

JESUS: Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.

THE GOTH: And he took with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them,

JESUS: My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death: tarry ye here, and watch with me.

THE GOTH: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying,

JESUS: Oh my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.

THE GOTH: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter,

JESUS: What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

THE GOTH: He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying,

JESUS: O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.

THE GOTH: And he came and found them asleep again: for their eyes were heavy.

THE GOTH: And he left them, and went away again, and prayed the third time, saying the same words. Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith unto them,

JESUS: Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and the Son of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that doth betray me.

THE GOTH: And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people. Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying,

JUDAS: Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.

THE GOTH: And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said,

JUDAS: Hail, master;

THE GOTH: and kissed him. And Jesus said unto him,

JESUS: Friend, wherefore art thou come?

THE GOTH: Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him. And, behold, one of them which were with Jesus stretched out his hand, and drew his sword, and struck a servant of the high priest’s, and smote off his ear. Then said Jesus unto him,

JESUS: Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels?But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?

THE GOTH: In that same hour said Jesus to the multitudes,

JESUS: Are ye come out as against a thief with swords and staves for to take me? I sat daily with you teaching in the temple, and ye laid no hold on me. But all this was done, that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled.

THE GOTH: Then all the disciples forsook him, and fled.

BY THIS POINT THE GOTH IS SURROUNDED AND PINIONED BY THE GANG.

 

ACT 2

  1. THE LAST CRUMB – Mum, Dad, Kids

02.SANCTIONED – Prime Minister, Claimant, Home Secretary

03.RENT – Narrator

04.KIDS – Narrator

05.KARATE – Ali, John

06.HOPE – Narrator

07.EVERYGOTH – Barperson, Death, Goth, Good

  1. DIAMONDS – Edna, Faye, Josie
  2. COCKLES (THE DEVIL’S BEACH) – Resuer 1, Rescuer 2, Man
  3. ARMADA – May, Queen, Sharp, Grayling
  4. MY ROCK – Ed, Maria

[STREETS WITH SHOPS, GALLERIES AND ORGANISATIONS OF WEST END (SEE MAP, OUTSIDE/INSIDE).]

THE GOTH: (STRUGGLING AS HE/SHE IS HELD BY THE GANG) Don’t you bother about me. I’m a somewhat foregone conclusion, regrettably. You can’t help me, you won’t help me. It’s the way things are meant to be. But go now. Scatter as the tribes of Israel, as the workers of our fair country. Go into these streets and discover the messages.

THE CROWD NOW ARE GIVEN THEIR PROGRAMMES/MAPS AND GUIDED INTO THE STREETS OF THE WEST END.

THEY HAVE 60 MINUTES TO EXPLORE AND PIECE TOGETHER THE SCENES THEY SEE MICRO-PLAYS/PLAYLETS (A BIT LIKE TALKING HEADS) IN DIFFERENT PLACES/CORNERS, WHILE AMBULATORY CHARACTERS WANDER IN BETWEEN TO ENGAGE THE AUDIENCE MEMBERS. BUSINESSES AND ORGANISATIONS DISPLAY WINDOWS OF LOCAL ARTISTS’ RESPONSES TO THE MICRO-PLAYS.

SCENES OF THE PASSION OF CHRIST AND OTHER SCENES FROM HIS LIFE IN ONE PART OF THE STREET ARE JUXTAPOSED OPPOSITE BY SCENES FROM THE WANDERINGS OF THE GOTH THROUGH THE INEQUITIES OF AUSTERITY BRITAIN.

IN EACH SCENE A DIFFERENT MEMBER OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY PLAYS JESUS AND THE GOTH. THE EFFECTS ON FAMILIES ARE NOTED THROUGHOUT. SOME ARE HUMOROUS, SOME SERIOUS, SOME HEARTRENDING: IN THE MEANTIME, WANDERING ABOUT OFFERING ADVICE OR SEEKING ADVICE OR PROVIDING LIGHT RELIEF ARE: • LAZARUS THE ZOMBIE

  • MARY MAGDALENE THE AB FAB
  • THE VIRGIN MARY THE TEENAGE MOTHER
  • JOSEPH THE CARPENTER WHO CANNOT WORK
  • THE DEVIL AS BORIS JOHNSON.

[EACH WILL NEED A BULLET POINT LIST OR CHARCTER BIBLE TO AID THEIR EXTEMPORISATIONS.]

NIGEL FARAGE AND JUNCKER?

LOCAL MP?

SOME COULD READ OUT THEIR UNIVERSAL CREDIT SUSPENSION FORMS OR DO THE CALCULATIONS.

READ OUT OTHER FORMS.

JESUS AND THE GOTH WANDER AROUND TOO OR COUD LEAD PEOPLE IN TWO GROUPS AROUND THE PLAYS.

THEN ALL THE SCENES ABRUPTLY SHUT UP SHOP AS IF A STORM APPROACHES. AMIDST THE PANICKED CLOSE-DOWN, THE CENTURIONS WITH LOUDHAILERS TELL THE AUDIENCE TO EVACUATE/OR THE TRAVELLING PLAYERS (LAZARUS AND FRIENDS) ENTICE THEM AWAY.

 

ACT 3

GOTH

JESUS (NOT SPOKEN PART)

TWO FALSE WITNESSES

HIGH PREST

THE PEOPLE

WOMAN

PETER

PERSON

JUDAS

PRIESTS

GOVERNOR

PILATE

PILATE’S WIFE

PRIESTS

GANG MEMBERS

THE MC

GOTH AMBULANCE PERSON/PEOPLE

GOTH POLICE PERSON/PEOPLE

CENTURION

FAMILY & FRIENDS

THE GOTH AND JESUS ARE BETRAYED, SCOURGED AND EXECUTED.

—PROMENADE IN FRONT OF ALHAMBRA (OUTSIDE)

IN THIS ACT, THE GOTH SPEAKS THE WORDS OF JESUS, WHO SILENTLY MOUTHES THE WORDS.

THE GOTH: And they that had laid hold on Jesus led him away to Caiaphas the high priest, where the scribes and the elders were assembled. But Peter followed him afar off unto the high priest’s palace, and went in, and sat with the servants, to see the end. Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death; but found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses, and said,

TWO FALSE WITNESSES: This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.

THE GOTH: And the high priest arose, and said unto him,

HIGH PRIEST: Answerest thou nothing? what is it which these witness against thee?

THE GOTH: But Jesus held his peace. And the high priest answered and said unto him,

HIGH PRIEST: I adjure thee by the living God, that thou tell us whether thou be the Christ, the Son of God.

THE GOTH: Jesus saith unto him,

JESUS: Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.

THE GOTH: Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying,

HIGH PRIEST: He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy. What think ye?

THE GOTH: They answered and said,

THE PEOPLE: He is guilty of death.

THE GOTH: Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands, Saying,

THE PEOPLE: Prophesy unto us, thou Christ, Who is he that smote thee?

THE GOTH: Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying,

WOMAN: Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.

THE GOTH: But he denied before them all, saying,

PETER: I know not what thou sayest.

THE GOTH: And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there,

PERSON: This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.

THE GOTH: And again he denied with an oath,

PETER: I do not know the man.

THE GOTH: And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter,

PEOPLE: Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech betrayeth thee.

THE GOTH: Then began he to curse and to swear, saying,

PETER: I know not the man.

THE GOTH: And immediately the cock crew.

THE GOTH: And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly. When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death: and when they had bound him, they led him away, and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor. Then Judas, which had betrayed him, when he saw that he was condemned, repented himself, and brought again the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders, saying ,

JUDAS: I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood.

THE GOTH: And they said,

PRIESTS: What is that to us? see thou to that.

THE GOTH: And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple, and departed, and went and hanged himself. And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said,

PRIESTS: It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury, because it is the price of blood, and they took counsel, and bought with them the silver into an offshore bank. Wherefore that bank was called, The bank of blood, unto this day. And Jesus stood before the governor: and the governor asked him, saying,

GOVERNOR: Art thou the King of the Jews?

THE GOTH: And Jesus said unto him,

JESUS: Thou sayest.

THE GOTH: And when he was accused of the chief priests and elders, he answered nothing. Then said Pilate unto him,

PILATE: Hearest thou not how many things they witness against thee?

THE GOTH: And he answered him to never a word; insomuch that the governor marvelled greatly. Now at that feast the governor was wont to release unto the people a prisoner, whom they would. And they had then a notable prisoner, the CEO of a high street bank called Barabbas. Therefore when they were gathered together, Pilate said unto them,

PILATE: Whom will ye that I release unto you? Barabbas, or Jesus which is called Christ?

THE GOTH: For he knew that for envy they had delivered him. When he was set down on the judgment seat, his wife sent unto him, saying,

PILATE’S WIFE: Have thou nothing to do with that just man: for I have suffered many things this day in a dream because of him.

THE GOTH: But the chief priests and elders persuaded the multitude that they should ask Barabbas, and destroy Jesus. The governor answered and said unto them,

PILATE: Whether of the twain will ye that I release unto you?

THE GOTH: They said,

THE PEOPLE:  Barabbas.

THE GOTH: Pilate saith unto them,

PILATE: What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?

THE GOTH: They all say unto him,

THE PEOPLE: Let him be crucified.

THE GOTH: And the governor said,

PILATE: Why, what evil hath he done?

THE GOTH: But they cried out the more, saying,

THE PEOPLE: Let him be crucified.

THE GOTH: When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying,

PILATE: I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.

THE GOTH: Then answered all the people, and said,

THE PEOPLE: His blood be on us, and on our children.

THE GOTH: Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying,

THE PEOPLE: Hail, King of the Jews!

THE GOTH: And they spat upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head. And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him. And when they were come unto a place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull, they gave him vinegar to drink mingled with gall: and when he had tasted thereof, he would not drink. (THE GANG PISS IN A BOTTLE AND FORCE THE GOTH TO DRINK) And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots. (THE GANG STEAL THE GOTH’S JEWELLERY, RIPPING CLOTHING) And sitting down they watched him there; and set up over his head his accusation written, THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. (THE GANG PUT A BOLLARD OVER THE GOTH’S HEAD) Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left. And they that passed by reviled him, wagging their heads, and saying,

THE PEOPLE: Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross.

THE GOTH: Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said,

PRIESTS: He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. (ONE OF THEIR NUMBER QUIETLY DIALS 999 BEFORE RUNNING AWAY)

THE GOTH: The thieves also, which were crucified with him, cast the same in his teeth. (THE GANG RUN OFF) Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying,

JESUS: Eloi, Eloi, lama sa’bakhtha-ni? My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

THE GOTH: (A GANG MEMBER RUNS BACK AND GIVES A FINAL KICK IN THE GOTH’S HEAD) Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.

THE MC APPEARS AS A GOTH AMBULANCE PERSON, OR A GOTH POLICE PERSON, OR AN A&E DOCTOR.

THE MC: And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; (THE AMBULANCE COMES, THEN THE POLICE) the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying,

CENTURION: Truly this was the Son of God. (MOUTHED BY THE CENTURION, SPOKEN BY AN AMBULANCEMAN OR POLICEMAN)

THE GOTH: And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him: Among which was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James and Joses, and the mother of Zebedee’s children. (FAMILY AND FRIENDS RUN TO THE HOSPITAL WARD) When the even was come, there came a rich man of Arimathaea, named Joseph, who also himself was Jesus’ disciple: He went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus. Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered. And when Joseph had taken the body, he wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock: and he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulchre, and departed. (THE MC PAUSES AND LETS THE MOMENT SINK IN) You’ve seen a lot of violence and blood recently and that’s not a sight that anyone should have to see. But what’s just as bad is the betrayal. The betrayal you’ve all seen. Which is worse?

ACT 4

GOTH

JESUS

THE MC

CENTURIONS/GUARDS

FAMILY

PRIESTS

ANGEL

THE RESURRECTION.

THE ALHAMBRA (INSIDE).

THE AUDIENCE (CENTURIONS OR TRAVELLING PLAYERS) LEAD THE AUDIENCE INTO THE MOUTH OF THE DARK TUNNEL THAT HAS SUDDENLY APPEARED BEHIND THE CROWD LEADING INTO THE ALHAMBRA.

(JUST AN IDEA: THE CENTURIONS TELL EVERYONE TO BAA LIKE SHEEP AS THEY ENTER.)

THE TUNNEL LEADS UP INTO THE BOWELS OF THE THEATRE WHERE A SPECTACULAR OF EPIC PROPORTIONS AWAITS THEM.

FOR HERE IS THE RESURRECTION…

ON THE STAGE: JESUS SHROUDED ON A STONE TABLE, THE GOTH IN A BODY BAG IN THE HOSPITAL BED. FAMILY SIT WEEPING BY EACH.

WHAT FOLLOWS TURNS BLOW BY BLOW INTO AN EPIC OF SOUND, LIGHT AND SPESH ACTS.

THE MC: And there was Mary Magdalene, and the other Mary, sitting over against the sepulchre. Now the next day, that followed the day of the preparation, the chief priests and Pharisees came together unto Pilate, saying,

PRIESTS: Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again. Command therefore that the sepulchre be made sure until the third day, lest his disciples come by night, and steal him away, and say unto the people, He is risen from the dead: so the last error shall be worse than the first.

THE MC: Pilate said unto them

PILATE: Ye have a watch: go your way, make it as sure as ye can.

THE MC: So they went, and made the sepulchre sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch. In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women,

ANGEL: Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

THE MC: And they departed quickly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word. And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying,

JESUS: All hail.

THE MC: And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him. Then said Jesus unto them,

JESUS: Be not afraid: go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.

THE MC: Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, saying,

THE GUARDS: Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you.

THE MC: So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day. Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,

JESUS: All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

MUSIC, SIDESHOWS, SPESH ACTS, SMOKE AND MIRRORS, THE LIGHT FANTASTIC…

JESUS RISES FROM THE DEAD, BIDDEN BY LAZARUS, AS DOES THE GOTH, SHRIVEN AND REDEEMED, ALL DRESSED IN SHINING WHITE.

BUT STILL THE OUTSIDER.

BUT STILL HE/SHE REJOICES.

FOR THROUGHOUT THE GOTH’S STORY, WE HAVE SOMEHOW ALL BECOME OUTSIDERS TOO…

AS ALL REJOICE AND THE SPECTACLE INTENSIFIES, JESUS REASSEMBLES HIMSELF FROM HIS CHRYSALIS PERSONA WHO HAS GIVEN NEW LIFE TO THE GOTH. HE GOES UNCERTAINTLY TO THE GOTH AND EMBRACES HIM/HER (no fangs unfortunately here) CLEARLY FOR ALL TO SEE IN APOLOGY.

AS JESUS DRAWS AWAY, WITH A FLOURISH HE WHISKS AWAY THE GOTH’S WHITE GARB TO REVEAL THE FINEST, BLACKEST GARB KNOWN TO GOTHDOM.

THE GOTH RECITES THE PARABLE OF THE SHEEP AND GOATS ONCE MORE AND DIVIDES THE AUDIENCE UP AS HE GOES, LIKE A LOTTERY POSTCODE.

(DELIVERED LIKE THE PRODIGY) When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.

Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not.

Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?

Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.

And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

THE GOTH BOWS ONCE.

But I’ve been thinking about this. I’ve been looking into the minds of all you good people here. I think you’d all rather be sheep as the Good Book suggests. I know everyone of you knows what it is to make a sacrifice. But I’ve an inkling that there’s more than a few people in Westminster, Whitehall and Downing Street who’ve been reading the same thing in the Good Book. (LETS THIS THINK IN) And I think they have a very different idea of what it means to be a sheep. And I think they may very well have a totally different idea of what it means to make a sacrifice. I’d like to leave you all with a thought. That to aspire to be a kind self-sacrificing sheep rather than a hostile self-seeking goat isn’t enough in this world in which we live today. Especially with all those dogs and pigs hanging around. In this world, even the sheep need to have fangs. And with that thought, I bide you farewell.

THE GOTH BOWS AND APPLAUDS THE AUDIENCE AS HE/SHE IS LIFTED UP TO HEAVEN.

ENDS