The Hereford Passion will be performed by members of the local community and share the story of Jesus’ final days, leading to the crucifixion. The production, which will take place in the nave of Hereford Cathedral on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 March 2024, will be directed by the Revd Canon Chancellor James Pacey who joined the cathedral in June.
Prior to joining the team at Hereford, James worked as a Hospital Chaplain at Nottingham University Hospitals and, before ordination, was a theatre director. James is no stranger to directing the Passion, having directed five previous performances in Newark, Cambridge, Nottingham and in the cathedral church of Southwell Minster.
The cast and crew of the Hereford Passion will be formed from the local community and across Hereford Diocese. The cathedral will be inviting individuals aged 11 years old and above to attend an informal audition and information evening in November, with weekly rehearsals starting in January. Details to register interest for informal auditions can be found at www.herefordcathedral.org/hereford-passion-auditions.
Revd Canon Chancellor James Pacey said, “I’m really looking forward to bringing the Passion to Hereford. Previous productions have been wonderful experiences and performing this epic story within the beautiful and historic architecture of Hereford Cathedral is a dream come true.
“This production will be a real coming together of the community and we are looking for anyone with a passion for theatre and a commitment to help us share this story. Whether you worship at the cathedral daily, or have never walked through the doors before, we’d welcome you to come to our informal audition/information evening to find out how to join in. Whilst experience of performing is helpful, it is not essential – do get in touch if you’d like to know more.”
The Very Revd Sarah Brown, Dean of Hereford, said, “I am really excited to enable James to bring his vision to life here. For almost 1350 years the Cathedral has been at the centre of city and diocese as a centre of Christian worship, learning and community life and it seems highly appropriate that we can retell the moving story of Christ’s passion in drama together with participants from across the community. This is a story for all of us that moves and changes Christians and non-Christians alike and upon which many of the assumptions underpinning our society today still rest.
“For those of faith the passion (or time of suffering) of Jesus points directly to the love of God for each one of us- for others it is an extraordinary and powerful drama more than equal to any other. I look forward very much to what I hope will become a regular fixture in the Cathedral year, and hope that you will feel inspired to join in or come to watch the story unfold.”