The Abingdon Passion Play 2016 is a dramatic, fast-paced retelling of the Easter story with an original script and a new beautifully composed musical score. It uses a band of female storytellers to give the piece its narrative drive and the female followers of Jesus a voice. It is being staged in the Market Place in front of the museum and is a real community effort with a large cast of all ages from the Abingdon area, a choir of over 50 adults from church and community choirs and 6 primary schools involved.
In true Passion Play tradition, watch Jesus’ triumphal entry on a donkey, his arrest and false trial, and finally his crucifixion and the resurrection. The audience can follow the action as the story unfolds. The last production in 2013 drew well over a thousand people onto the streets of Abingdon in freezing conditions. We anticipate even larger numbers this time
We advise that you arrive about half an hour before the performance starts and wear warm clothing and we request that umbrellas are not used. Children (and adults if they like!) can feel part of the experience by dressing as a biblical character and bringing a ‘palm leaf’ to wave – for costume ideas and palm templates, please check out our website. Running time is approximately 1 1/2 hours
Some scenes may be unsuitable for small children