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The Prestbury Passion Play 2009

On this page we will publish information as it becomes available about the Passion Play to be performed on Good Friday 2009

A Picture Gallery


The Production Team - who does what?


Rehearsing scenes from the Passion Play

Jesus is brought before King Herod

Jow to get Jesus down from the Cross
Practising getting Jesus
down from the Cross


Prisoner, what do you say to that?  I must have an answer.
'Prisoner, what do you say to that? I must have an answer.'


Here - is that the way to answer the High  Priest?
'Here - is that the way to answer the High Priest?'


Pilot washes his hands
'I wash my hands to show that I am innocent of this man's blood.'


The Prestbury Passion Play will take place again on Good Friday, 10th April 2009.

Originally inspired in 1985 by the then Vicar, Canon Ian Hazlewood, it has been performed six times and also at the Millennium by Cheltenham Churches Together through the streets of the town.

The Play sets out to dramatise the powerful message of the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Trial and the Crucifixion, but alongside the familiar story the production highlights the relevance in today’s world of show trials, military occupation and official injustice.

The cast will be ecumenical, involving not only people from the North Cheltenham Team but also from the Roman Catholic and United Reformed Churches. There are many main characters: Jesus, the Twelve Apostles, the Elders, Barabbas, Pilate and the Roman Soldiers, but the Crowd also plays a vital role.  We shall need a team of stage hands, costumiers, front of house etc and others to help publicise the production.

The production was launched on Wednesday 22nd October at St Nicolas’ Church, Swindon Lane. If you are interested in taking part in any way – acting or backstage – there is still time to join in.  Do come along to the meeting mentioned above.  Anybody and everybody is invited, young and old alike.  There are jobs for everyone.  We shall read through the script, discuss preliminary plans and issue a rehearsal schedule.

Pictures from the 2005 Passion Play by Mark Boulton

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