On Palm Sunday afternoon, 2014, a cast of over eighty local people, including actors, musicians, and both a community choir and children’s choir formed for the occasion, presented the events of Holy Week and Easter morning using the Town Square and the Museum Gardens. It was a great success and touched the hearts of many people.
Several churches in Woodstock & Bladon have long had a passion for creating an outdoor play re-enacting the events of Holy Week and Easter. After all, it is a great story about love, sacrifice, power, expediency, relationships, betrayal, forgiveness and hope – themes which resonate with all of us, whoever we are. For some, it has deeper significance depending on how much of the story you believe to be actually true and what you think about who the people involved actually were. But, whether you are someone of faith or not, the story itself has shaped the lives of millions of people over the years, as well as our cultural and artistic heritage, and remains an important element in understanding the things and people around us. As a result, it is a story that needs to be told and retold.
“This is the first time I have had a more in depth look at the Gospel and the message behind it. To be absolutely honest, the play and the learning involved (with the people taking part) has given me a whole new view on the bible and the story of Jesus specifically. I feel I will never be truly convinced by the idea of a God or a greater being, and that of miracles and resurrection, however, I have found myself dwelling somewhat on the message that is relayed – I have always had a strong sense of right and wrong but the deeper connotations of the story have really sparked something inside of me and I would be keen to follow that up, and learn/understand it better.” Actor who played Jesus, aged 19