Roman soldiers raise the cross on which Jesus is crucified and a group of his followers and friends stand behind weeping.


When? Saturday 30th March at 2pm

Where? Princes Street Gardens

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We are delighted that we are once again producing the annual Easter Play on March 30th, 2024. This year’s script is a new one, focusing on the women who were part of Jesus’ life. It will be a traditional version but a whole new take on the story!

Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. Contact us at for more details. We will be looking for new cast members (no experience necessary) and crew especially catering and stewarding.

The Edinburgh Easter Play is now managed by Cutting Edge Theatre and the play is created by a team of community performers drawn from all walks of life. The project is made possible by a large team of volunteers working behind the scenes, drawn from all church backgrounds and none. All sorts of gifts and skills are needed: scriptwriting, IT, cross design & construction, costume coordination, legal advice, floral art, and many more. For more information on joining the team, click here.

Director – Suzanne Lofthus

The Easter Play is directed by Suzanne Lofthus, the artistic director of Cutting Edge Theatre Company, which has been in existence for over 25 years and specialises in community theatre and working with marginalised groups across the country. The company works with people of different abilities through its INSPIRE project.

Suzanne has directed the annual open-air passion play in Princes Street Gardens since it launched in 2005. She has also directed passion plays in prison, including Opera Prison, Milan, Belo Horizonte in Brazil and Angola Prison in Louisiana.

Suzanne has written a number of plays including Downs With Love (which toured successfully in 2022), Mary, the Last Farewell (about Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I) and has written and directed several musicals with Ian Hammond Brown, including Blude Red, Eleven and Fling!, which was shortlisted in the Highland Quest competition in 2006.

Currently, Suzanne is producing the large scale community production The Edinburgh Passion for 2022 as well as developing a number of new productions around issues connected with disability.

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