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Fri 15th April 2022

Be Prepared to be Amazed. The Passion of Jesus – the outdoor dramatic production in Bishop Auckland for the North East of England. Be Part of The Story.

The Passion of Jesus is coming to Bishop Auckland. This 90-minute performance is produced by agreement and with the permission of Wintershall free of charge for everyone. Bishop Auckland Fellowship of Christian Churches are thrilled to be a part of the One Good Friday initiative.

This Easter the Passion play, which re-enacts the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ will come to the North-East. The play is part of a national event and will be performed simultaneously across several outdoor venues throughout the UK. Locations include Bath, Liverpool, Glasgow and London’s Trafalgar Square. Organisers have chosen Bishop Auckland as the play’s destination for the North-East of England.

On Good Friday, April 10, two performances will commence in the town’s marketplace at 12 noon and 3.15pm. They will join performances at the same time across the whole country. Charlie Scott-King, PR and community liaison officer for Passion play Bishop Auckland, said: “This is a huge opportunity for Bishop Auckland as usually Wintershall only choose large cities, so it is a privilege for them to choose us and our town.

Be part of the Bishop Auckland Passion Play

“We would like to invite people from towns, villages, and cities to represent the North-East of England.”

Organisers of the Bishop Auckland play are recruiting cast members at No.42 in the town marketplace on Saturday January 11 at 11am and Wednesday January 15 at 7pm. They will need cast to fill roles which include:

  • temple people: men and women dressed as people attending the synagogues/temples
  • priests
  • Roman soldiers
  • temple guards
  • middle eastern families: men, women and children of all ages

No acting experience needed. We encourage those of any faith and none to apply.

Mrs Scott-King added: “It’s going to be a collaborative community intergenerational movement. And will have skill-sharing and friendship-forming at the very heart of it. We want everyone involved and part of it”.

“We want to showcase the talented people of the North-East and to put on a fully immersive monumental life-enhancing performance.” The technical team will create the play’s unique musical soundtrack.

Find out more about this Passion Play