This passion play is no longer being performed. If you would like to start a new play in your town or city, please contact the Passion Trust for help, advice and funding.
The last Leigh-on-Sea Passion Play was at Wesley Church on Palm Sunday in 2013.
Proceeds from the event supported the work of Southend’s Homeless Action Resource Project.
The script for the Leigh-on-Sea Passion Play was based on the account in Luke’s Gospel. It’s been fascinating seeing what’s included and left out of each gospel. And to try to get into the heads of the various characters to understand the motives behind their actions, imagining what they might say. Sometimes it’s too easy to reduce these characters to goodies and baddies. Like the rest of us, it’s a lot more complicated. Whether like Pilate it’s trying to keep things under control. Like Caiaphas, the High Priest, feeling that traditions or the authority of religious leaders are under threat. Or Judas, perhaps torn that Jesus was maybe not the sort of leader he had imagined. And Jesus – what must it have been like for him.