The second passion play for the Borough of Richmond was performed at the iconic setting of Richmond Riverside. The play ranged over a larger site to include the upper river terraces beside Richmond Bridge and the War memorial square known as Whittaker Avenue. It also included the use of the overlooking balcony of the Old Town hall and a public archway and tunnel which was for the burial tomb.
Three large stages were constructed on the river terraces to contain scenes for the last supper, Gethsemane and crucifixion, and the entry to Jerusalem and the trial scenes were placed on a 2.5 m high stage in the Whittaker Ave.
A crowd of about 2,500 watch the play on a beautiful sunny morning as the cast processed through the centre of town in both directions from 11.15am arriving back at the play site at midday.
‘My favourite part is that he came alive again’ – Child in the audience.
‘By dying and rising again, there’s hope in the story…the word hop is a main word today, that people should come away from this and realise there is hope in the world’ – Audience member.