A look back at Passion Plays in 2016...
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A look at some of the Passion Plays from Easter 2016

Over 20 Passion Plays took place around the UK this year, with at least 5 taking place for the first time. One play took a workshop into schools, another was featured on Songs of Praise, another was streamed on large screens as the performance took place...and all drew large crowds of people to see the Easter story dramatised in their local city.

Visit some of the links below to see what happened in the plays featured in the newsletter for 2016 or visit our website at the link above.

2,500 people witnessed the play on a beautiful sunny morning as the cast processed through the centre of town in both directions from 11am arriving back at the play site at midday.
The Poole Passion was featured in BBC1’s Songs of Praise on Easter Sunday! The team also ran workshops at Poole High School and St. Aldhelm’s Academy, Routes to Roots for the homeless and worked with Action on Addiction in Bournemouth.
‘The Mystery of the empty tomb’ schools tour raised funds and awareness for ‘City Passion’. 5 schools in Chelmsford were visited in 4 days. Pupils in 5 different performances had a fun and thought provoking day which they will probably remember for a long time!
Aberdeen Passion had its third performance this year. It raises funds by selling 'Made with Passion!' a cookbook with over 124 recipes which helps to raise funds for the production, as well as supporting two local charities – the Lighthouse Support Centre drone and the Solid Rock Café.

An immersive, promenade production re-imagined the life and death of Jesus Christ, as a gripping contemporary drama, and lead its audience through a variety of different spaces in Birmingham city centre.

After presenting the Passion Play outdoors in Market Place, Abingdon had an extra evening performance in the warmth and comfort of Radley College’s New Theatre to help raise funds for 2017.
Large crowds gathered in Southampton's Guildhall Square to watch the production which was also streamed onto a large screen via live-cameras. 
Up to 20,000 people saw two performances of the Passion Play featuring a cast of over a hundred, a donkey and horses! The performance was also streamed to large screens and BSL interpreters were there to allow people who were deaf to experience the play.
Bolton Passion play held a ‘Passion arts competition’ and went into local primary schools and youth groups to talk about the Easter story. The artwork was displayed in Bolton Market Place.
The Passion play in Bedford was supported by Roman Reenactment groups - Legio Secvnda Avgvsta and The Colchester Roman Society!
The spaces of Liverpool Cathedral were used to dramatise Christ’s last supper, trial and crucifixion. The Passion Plays combined drama, liturgy and music, in a re-enactment of Christ’s Passion.

“It’s about bringing alive a story that people know even if they don’t believe, in a creative, emotional and above all dramatic retelling.”
Dan Bishop, Director, Liverpool Passion Plays

"I am delighted that The Passion of Jesus is returning to Trafalgar Square. It is a wonderful event that brings to life the Christian message and attracts people of all faiths right in the heart of our great city."
Boris Johnson Mayor of London
“This has shown what Bolton can do. Staging the play is very important to me personally because it brings me closer to God. There was something in the play for everyone.”

Geoff Millard, Artistic Director, Bolton Passion

"What a moving experience! We ended up having a front row view of the crucifixion & my family were really impacted. My son (5yrs) cried & said 'my heart is broken' whilst my daughter looked over the soldiers’ shoulders to see exactly how you made it happen. It was such a privilege to be able to tell them that Jesus did that because he loved them."
Audience member, Chelmsford City Passion 
We would love to hear from you and to feature your Passion Play next year. Please email us or give us a call to let us know what is happening in your town or city centre next Easter!
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