The Passion Play has once again returned to Hornchurch’s green 5 years after we last saw it last. This incredible spectacle is the sum of work the churches of Hornchurch and further afield.
It attempt to bring a fresh look at the story most of us know of Jesus’ death and resurrection in many different ways. For example the play reflects the feelings of the Jewish nation about Rome at the time by using the modern day image of a Nazi like regime.
The stage consists of several different locations all around The Queen’s Theatre green, the actors move between these stages, moving through the audience as they go, removing the barrier between audience and cast. There are also various cast members dotted amongst the audience, so you can never be sure that your fellow onlookers are not in on the whole act.
The whole event uses staging, microphones and speakers to make sure everyone is able to see and hear, in a feat that must be very difficult from a technical point of view.
The cast are all made of volunteers and they preform some of the best amateur dramatics I’ve seen in Havering for a long time. The night I saw this was the final dress rehearsal and even then the performance was pretty spot on. This is a triumph for a production whose majority of cast may not have preformed in a play since the last passion play 5 years ago.
This performance is a artistic and cultural event that is well worth going to see, you have one final chance to go see this on Sunday the 5th April at 7:30pm and so far the BBC weather is promising this is going to be the best weather over the last 3 days
I’ve included some pictures, but you really have to take the chance to see this performance for yourself