An audience of around 1,000 watched the 46 actors perform in the sunshine. The play was a new version of the Easter story overlaid with the Scots accent; this brought favourable comments from the audience and resulted in the production being highlighted in both the morning news on Radio Scotland and the main evening Scottish TV news.
Various newspapers, national and regional, ran stories on the production before the event and a radio interview was conducted on “Heart of the Matter”, a programme broadcast on local radio station Black Diamond.
A much larger number than is usually the case of members of the audience commented favourably to the Stewards as they left, some moved to tears by scenes, some claiming it to be the best play yet and one lady who has drifted away from the church promising to go back. (These are a few of the ones we heard about). In addition, a family of Syrian Christians were delighted to discover that we were able to mount such a production out of doors and in the heart of the City.
2017 was the first time for several years that we’ve been in a position to mount a full production and the trustees are so encouraged by the positive response to the Play that we are considering doing another one in 2018.