Hundreds urged to see Easter play

A new and contemporary version of the Easter story is being staged in Alnwick Market Place tomorrow.

Those behind the production hope that it will be a show to remember and draw an audience of hundreds of people.

The ambitious Passion for Northumberland project is based around the tradition of Passion Plays, shown at this time of year around the world and across the centuries.

Using drama and song, the Alnwick production will bring this well-known story to life in a 21st-century context while remaining true to the Bible’s account of events.

This diverse show will include big-screen film, a choir and theatrical lighting.

Stage manager Libby Taylor hopes the Passion will stay long in the memory of those watching.

She said: “The Easter story is a great story about love and sacrifice and we have brought it up to date so people can relate to it.

“We would love to attract an audience of 400 to 500 people and I hope that the people who come to see it don’t stop talking about it.

“We have had interest to perform the Passion in other areas of the county in future years, so hopefully it will become a Northumberland tradition – and the people of Alnwick have the chance to see the first one.”

Described as a production for the community by the community, the Passion involves more than 100 people from the area, including cast and crew.

Libby added: “A whole new group of local people have come together with such enthusiasm and dedication.

“Some have acting experience, but for some this is the only time they’ve ever been on stage.

“Everyone has worked so well together to create this first for Alnwick.”

Passion is an open-air theatre production. There is no seating but there is wheelchair space.

The event is due to start at 6.30pm and the production will run for about an hour.

For more information, visit www.passionfornorthum or call 07766 477016.