What People Are Saying

The kids and I were completely blown away by this immersive experience…Birmingham Passion Play brought the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection to life!

– Anon, Birmingham

Wow! People of Birmingham you’ve done yourselves proud with the numbers that turned out for the Passion Play. Outstanding doesn’t do it justice for what a fabulous time it’s been!

– Andrew, Birmingham

Thank you all for a very blessed weekend it was so inspiring and will stay with me for a very long time. God bless.

– Anon, Havant

I’m not religious but what an amazing day…a wonderful project bringing a diverse community together. Thanks to everyone who put so much work into it

– Yvette, Manchester

Not usually my thing but had a wonderful time. Hours of practice for all involved but the result was super. The choir was excellent too, very uplifting. Well done everyone!

– Karen, Manchester

I got more than blessings watching. I burst into tears when Jesus walked back alive. Thank you all so much for your hard work.

– Susan, Havant

Performance was amazing. Had tears in my eyes. Special shout out to the drunk guy from Ireland who thought the crucifixion was actually happening and saying this isn’t right lol – like I told you, Jesus done this for us brother. God bless everyone

Matthew, Birmingham

A very moving portrayal, particularly the sight of the three crosses in front of the Cathedral. There was a lady nearby who stood up crying as Jesus was raised onto the cross…it brought home how those who witnessed this event at the time, must have felt. There were lots of people there from various churches, but I hope that the Christian message of Easter reached others who may have forgotten. Thank you.

– Joanne, Manchester

An amazing love story uplifting the spirit strengthens the faith. Messages of love peace and sacrifice hope it has reached to those who have forgotten about it.

– Neelum, Manchester

Bible stories can be over-familiar when you’ve heard them for years. This was a good opportunity to see what actually happened in more depth. Everyone was struck by the crucifixion scenes in both productions. You could sense that it was affecting people, and I hope it made them think. It also helps with our personal faith, and it’s also good to get to know people from other churches and denominations. It was lovely to realise that any differences in worship didn’t matter – it was helping to portray the life of Jesus and deliver the good news that did.

 – Carol, Havant

I was walking through Leicester on Good Friday at a time when I was still a bit uncertain in my faith. I came across Christ in the Centre by accident and saw James Burke-Dunsmore carrying his cross through the city centre. That inspired me, and I ended up going to Holy Trinity Church in Leicester and get involved in both the drama group there and – through that – in Christ in the Centre. I acted in the drama for three or four years, playing the roles of several different disciples, before taking the role of Jesus in the 2013 presentation, which was a privilege and a very exciting challenge

– Nathan Obokoh, Jesus actor, Leicester

I brought my brother who is usually quite critical of religious things but he said it was very impressive

– Anon

It was the first time I thought of Jesus as my friend

– Anon, The Wirrall

‘What an amazing and powerful performance! The team did a superb job and deserve our respect for hours and hours of planning. James played Jesus with real commitment and skill. Huge thanks to all involved for bringing the passion to our streets.’ 

– Vicar of St Andrews, Bedford

Wow…that certainly brings the Crucifixion story close to home, quite horrific in its message. Well done to everyone who was in it, a very emotional time for all I should imagine.

– Ann (Bedford)

I was moved to tears by the Gethsemane scene. As a psychological drama it was fascinating. The music and lighting made all the difference. Operatic in its scale.

 – Anon, Hucknell

We were emotionally shattered watching the performance.  The cast must be totally exhausted, but thank you or performing ‘The Passion’.

 – Anon, Hucknell

It must have made people really think about Jesus and hope it taught those who didn’t know him to make them want to know more

– Anon, Trafalgar Square

Managed to follow the whole play with 2 children (6 and 10) so powerful and engaging. We were on the second performance at the cathedral – worth the wait as we couldn’t get in as it was full. Children truly enjoyed and message was so clear presented. Great to have the Contemporary touch! We are definitely going again next year!

– Cassandra, Birmingham

It was fantastic. It was so moving. It just brings everything to you. It blew me away!

– Paul, 55

The Passion brought tears to my eyes …. it was a truly wonderful production

– Anon

My favourite part is that he came alive again.

– Child in the audience, Richmond

Blown away. You guys always put on a good show- but this? This was something else. Haven’t stopped taking about it since Tuesday. My children got so much out of it too. Loved that not only did you perform on the streets of the city centre, but that you actually SET it in Birmingham, using local landmarks etc. The use of modern day language brought the Bible to life and special mention to the actors for really capturing and expressing the humanity of the disciples. Thank you.

– Alan, Birmingham

‘First Class! Thought provoking and challenging is the best way. I did not want it to end. Congratulations to all. God Bless you all’

– John, Havant

I loved that it was performed on the street. It was amazing, made me very emotional.

– Anon, Lanarkshire

Clearly lots of effort went into doing this. The actor playing Jesus was great and it was good to hear this story in local accents. It made the story come alive seeing it acted…A wee surprise for people coming home from the retail part with their shopping but some did stop to watch.

 – Anon, Lanarkshire

‘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’

– Laura, Edinburgh

‘Wow…that certainly brings the Crucifixion story close to home, quite horrific in its message. Well done to everyone who was in it, a very emotional time for all I should imagine.’

– Ann, Bedford