Wroughton Passion Play
Good Friday (25th March) 2016
Over a thousand people from the village of Wroughton and across Swindon turned out to watch a cast of over 100 people perform the play about the last days of Jesus’ life, his arrest, trial, suffering and death.
Amongst those involved were professional and amateur actors, a choir headed up by Ronstars, Wroughton Choral Society, and Wroughton Junior School choir, with costumes produced by Jacobs Well, a fair trade production house in India. The play was performed through five locations in the village, starting at the Ellendune Centre and ending at Wroughton Parish Church.
Commenting on the performance, Revd Nicola Such from Wroughton Parish Church said: ‘The idea of putting on a Passion Play was first discussed in March last year. At that point we would never have guessed what an amazing project it would become. Today’s event has surpassed all of our expectations. It has been great to see the way in which the whole village has got behind this initiative.’
In addition to the adult performers, a dozen children took part in the play. Lauren, aged 8, said: ‘I think it’s important to tell people the story as we wouldn’t have Easter without it.’
The event was supported and funded by churches and community groups, including Wroughton Parish Church and the Swindon based Bible Society and produced by Gatecrash Theatre.
Laura Barnes, the producer of the play and director of Gatecrash, said: ‘We have been thrilled to be involved in this initiative. The Passion has fostered and grown its own community. The whole thing has been really special and has produced some compelling theatre.’
Paul Woolley, Interim Chief Executive at Bible Society, added: ‘It’s great to see the way in which the Bible’s account of the suffering and death of Jesus has been depicted in such a powerful and accessible way. It has deeply connected with people. This really is the greatest story ever told. We hope that people don’t leave it behind today, but ponder, consider and talk about it.’
Find out more at http://www.wroughtonpassionplay.co.uk