Passion Plays On Tour

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Impossible God – a one-man Passion Play written by Frank Topping and performed by Mark Topping

Inheritance – a Passion Play from Riding Lights, the theatre company behind the york Mystery Plays 2012



 Impossible God

Impossible God is a one-man passion play written by Frank Topping and performed by Mark Topping, available to book in your local area. See the homepage for more information.

Impossible God recreates the world of those who witnessed the passion. Palestine AD32 is brought to life as numerous characters relive their experience of the events.

Impossible God is a powerful exploration of the historical events at the heart of the Christian faith. This inspiring one-man play challenges us to look again at Jesus of Nazareth and consider the meaning of his life, death and resurrection.



Mark Topping is a professional actor who has toured England, Wales and Ireland for five years performing as John Wesley. He has appeared as John Wesley on BBC TV’s Songs of Praise and Flog It! In 2008 he was Che Guevara at the King’s Theatre in Gloucester.

The devotional book ‘An Impossible God’ was written and adapted for the stage by author, actor, broadcaster and Methodist minister, Frank Topping.

Booking Information:To have an Impossible God event at your church costs £300 + travel expenses (average £90).



Inheritance, a passion play from renowned theatre company Riding Lights, is touring from 14th March – 19th April (Easter Saturday) 2014.  For more info call 01904 655317 or email or visit their home page for more information.


Written by Bridget Foreman, the narrative at the heart of Inheritance was commissioned for performance at the 2008 Lambeth Conference.

The play weaves together a number of stories from the gospels, exploring in particular some of Jesus’ encounters with women.  It was extremely well received at the Lambeth Conference, and clearly moved and challenged many in this particularly multi-cultural audience.

Expanding this original performance, weaving it with a journey into Christ’s passion and the events of Holy Week, Inheritance will be a communal experience of theatre and worship. The performance provides an opportunity to reflect on Christ’s Passion and gives  space for the audience to make their own response at the foot of the Cross.

A Riding Lights Passion Play for 2014

On a dusty road leading to Jerusalem, a woman stumbles towards her judgement. Just weeks later, Jesus will take the same road, leading to the cross. In Capernaum, the town they both call home, they are rejected. In the temple where they worship, they are condemned.  The synagogue leader plots to destroy them both.

Inheritance weaves the strands of the biblical Passion into a dramatic new narrative. It evokes the community where Jesus lived, the people who knew him best, the powers that brought him to execution. And, in the shadow of the cross, it casts light on some of the women who Jesus stands alongside, sharing in their suffering.

Echoing through time, it renews our expectations of the kingdom of heaven and who might share its inheritance.