Date for Norwich Passion Play is announced
Celebrate Norfolk has announced the date for the Norwich Passion Play at Easter 2022 and the chance to see two passion plays online this Easter.
Celebrate is co-ordinating a project to bring well-known professional Christian theatre company Saltmine to perform a Passion Play on the streets of Norwich. And the proposed date has just been announced as Easter Saturday, April 16, 2022.
Saltmine produced and performed a Passion Play in Birmingham city centre in 2019, which attracted audiences of several thousand people and you can watch that play online right now above and on Saltmine's YouTube channel to get a taste of what will be coming to Norwich next Easter.
After being postponed this Easter due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the Norwich play is planned for Easter 2022 and churches and individuals who share a vision to see this take place are being sought.
Rachael Orrell, Chief Executive of the Saltmine Trust, said: “Seeing people engaged and transfixed by the modern interpretation of Jesus’ story to the cross and resurrection is something I will never forget.”
Celebrate chair of trustees, Keith Morris, said: “A performance of the Passion of Jesus on the streets of Norwich for all to experience for free could have a big impact on our city in many ways.
“We hope this exciting project can include contributions from many Norwich churches, Christian ministries and individuals and we would be really pleased to talk to anyone who shares our vision for such an ambitious event.”
Rev Canon Madeline Light from St Stephens, who has hosted Saltmine several times in her church, said: “They are such a great bunch to work with and their involvement would bring a real professionalism and quality to a Norwich production.”
If you or your church are interested in getting involved in the project, by taking part, helping with tasks on the day, praying or providing some of the finance which will be necessary, please contact the team at Celebrate Norfolk.
To express your interest, please email your name and details to: firstname.lastname@example.org
See above or click here to see the Saltmine Passion Play in Birmingham last year.
Click here to read more about the Birmingham Passion Play
Also available online from Good Friday is a recording of the well-known Wintershall Passion of Jesus. With its cast of hundreds of actors and animals it has been watched by thousands of people in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday for ten years. More than 300,000 people have also watched a live stream around the world.
Because of the pandemic, it won't be possible again to stage a live performance this year. But Wintershall will be streaming a film of The Passion of Jesus from 2019 in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. There will be two viewings at 12 noon and 3pm.
Watch the play here.