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A poster for the Edinburgh Easter Play 2018 with the words 'Hope Rises' and an image of Jesus with crown of thorns on his head.

The Easter Play is performed in the unique setting of Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens.

An audience of around 1,000 watched the 46 actors perform in the sunshine. The play presented a new version of the Easter story overlaid with the Scots accent. As a result, the audience responded with favourable comments. And both Radio Scotland’s morning news and Scottish TV’s main evening news highlighted the production. We hope to repeat this approach and its success in the Edinburgh Easter Play 2018.

Various national and regional newspapers ran stories on the production before the event. In addition local radio station Black Diamond conducted an interview and broadcast it as part of their ‘Heart of the Matter’ programme.

An unusually large number of audience members commented favourably to the Stewards as they left. The scenes moved some people to tears, while some claimed that the play was the best yet. One lady who has drifted away from the church promised to go back. (These are a few of the stories 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 the Edinburgh Easter Play 2018.

I brought my daughters aged 5 and 9 to see the Easter play today in Edinburgh. I was concerned they would get distracted as children do but I needn’t have worried . They were both really engaged, they waved palm leaves and enjoyed the bread from the disciples. Every time the scenes moved they wriggled through the crowd to the front to get a clear view. My eldest daughter said being outside made it feel so much more realistic than on a stage. Thank you so much to all involved for making this a memorable Easter for my children.

It was brilliant thank you so much for all your hard work and if only one person came to know the Lord Jesus through it the whole of the Kingdom will rejoice.

Huge well done to you all – incredible performances. Many people saying it’s the strongest yet, they loved Mary as Narrator, felt it was the strongest set of priests ever, loved the script changes, very moved by the flogging and were very moved by it all. Several stories of people in tears.

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