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The second of Tony Harrison's mystery plays was performed in All Saints' Church, Turvey, on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th March 2007.

The Passion 2007

“The Passion” was performed shortly before Easter 2007 and was a powerful retelling of the events of Easter leading up to the crucifixion, very much in the same style as The Nativity. The language has been described as “muscular and earthy” and was sometimes medieval, sometimes modern – at times Shakespeare, at times Eastenders. The music remained central, and similar in style to The Nativity. Once again, Shaker hymns and medieval dance tunes rubbed shoulders with more recent material by songwriters such as John Tams and Richard Thompson, all given a strong, contemporary treatment by a large live band.

Whilst more serious than The Nativity, there was still scope for humour. Pilate and his wife were a real double act, and the workmen arguing about the best way to erect the cross were timeless. It seems that not being able to get the right shims is a 2000 year old excuse! Setting such a momentous event as the crucifixion against normal day-to-day life, with all its trivia and banter, made the story all the more real and moving. I don't think anyone who was there will ever forget the deeply moving imagery of the crucifixion scene.

The Crucifixion

See the links on the right for a cast list and photographs of the production.