Good Friday story to be acted out in Reedham
2017: The dramatic story of Easter is set to be acted out on the normally quiet streets of the East Norfolk village of Reedham on Good Friday, April 14, for the first time ever.
A 100-strong team is behind the Passion Play which will be staged over five outdoor locations including a school and a farm.
Reedham associate priest, Rev Lorna Allies, said: “A team of dedicated amateurs will be telling the Easter story of the days leading up to the death of Jesus Christ, a story well-known to Christians everywhere, but acted out in a dramatic way through the streets of our quiet village. Usually given as readings within churches, we have chosen to bring the sequence of events out into the community as a play, so that we can retell the story dramatically for everyone.
“A Reedham church member first had the idea, and it took shape last spring as two people involved in church activities were chatting over a cup of coffee in the sunshine. From that small beginning, it has grown into a team of nearly 100 people.
“In assembling this group, we have been amazed at the talent lying hidden in our community and in the local villages. We have a retired cathedral organist and composer in charge of the music, a retired costume designer making most of the costumes, a boat-builder and two engineers building the cross, a theatrical agency director in charge of the production, and many more.”
The day starts at 12 noon with refreshments at Reedham Village Hall, where there is ample free parking. The audience will then walk, or take the free minibus, to Reedham Primary School, where the action really begins at 1.30pm with Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
Subsequent scenes take place within easy walking distance, ending with the crucifixion in Ferry farmyard on Station Road. The play will be over by about 3pm, when we can walk or ride back to the Village Hall for teas and coffees.
Everyone is welcome. There is no charge, but donations will be collected in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.
Pictured above is a scene from the Reedham Passion Play with Jesus, played by John Mules, carrying the cross. The picture is by James Bass and should not be reproduced.
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