Aberdeen Passion

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7 Performances performed in 7 Intimate Venues across the North East of Scotland
A close up of Jesus on the cross, his head is bent to one side with a crown of thorns and blood dripping down to his chest.

In the Aberdeen Passion’s new play; Pontius Pilate, Governor of Judea for 10 tumultuous years has returned to Rome, his career over. The man who judged Jesus is now under judgement himself. He has time to reflect on his decisions, the mistakes he made that led to conflict and loss of life, and time to reflect on the time he spent with Jesus.

This is a brand new short play exploring the life of Pilate, the man who made the decision to send Jesus to the cross. Playing in seven intimate venues across the North East of Scotland, “Pilate: A Man of Mistakes and Missed Opportunities” is a new venture from the Aberdeen Passion project.

It started like a beat, a pulse, a heartbeat, a drum, growing louder – something is happening. Children are running, people are joining, crowds are growing, the Messiah is coming. God has arrived and he has an announcement to make “I’m here to claim this city, I’m here to claim this country and I’m here to claim this world”. The Aberdeen Passion 2014 once again takes us back to 1st century Jerusalem. It is a city is under occupation whose people feel God has abandoned them….their hope is fading.

But news begins to spread – a man has rode into the city on a donkey, just as the prophecies foretold! Is this the Messiah? Excitement rushes through the passover city, causing hope to flare and grow. During this holy time when the people celebrate their rescue is this God really come down to rescue them again?

Everyone wants to hear what he says….even just to see him. But within a week, it’s all over. He’s arrested, tried and nailed to a cross. ”It is done” he cries. And then he’s gone. Hope is crushed, hope is shattered, hope dies and as three days pass all hope is gone.

But God has not abandoned his people, the cross was a completion not a failure of the task. Hope is not dead, hope is not lost….There is still one hope….Hope was lost but rose again…One hope for all!

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