Passionate [verb:] enthusiasm, fascination, zeal, fervour, excitement, devotion
Passion and Nativity Plays evoke intense emotions and warm responses. They show the reality of second chances, forgiveness and new hope… and we are passionate about sharing them.
Passion [noun:] agony, suffering, distress, torment, torture
Passion Plays dramatize the story of Easter: how God entered our world of suffering and paved the way to new hope and a second chance. Jesus came to die on the cross and h His cruel death and disgrace was in exchange for our new life. His suffering – his passion – is the measure of his love for us.
Passion [noun:] fervour, intensity, feeling, excitement, hope, longing, desire
The stories portrayed in Passion Plays and Nativity Plays contain elements of betrayal, murder, innocent suffering, self-sacrifice, heroism, grace and hope. They have inspired such stories as Les Miserables and The Lord of the Rings.
Today there are many Passion Plays performed around the world and the tradition of both teaching the Gospel and Theatre in Education has continued. Each play focuses on the story of Jesus Christ, whether it be his birth (the Nativity Story), his life or his crucifixion and resurrection. Usually, Nativity Plays take place around Christmas time (celebrating the Nativity story in true Christmas style) and Passion Plays focusing on Jesus’ life often take place around Easter. Each Passion Play tells the story of Jesus Christ in a new light, resulting in unique performances that have the power to inspire and challenge audiences today.
To find a Passion Play taking place near you, click the map to the right for a full-size, interactive guide, or feel free to contact us. It is exciting to see Passion Plays happening in the UK. If you attend or see a Passion Play, do send us images and information for the site – we hope to include information of other Passion Plays around the country and indeed, world.
Passion Play in Dundee Dates: 24th March, 3pm
Chester Mystery Plays Dates: 26th June – 13th July 2013