Pas­sion play call

Ac­tors needed for 2018 pro­duc­tion

Hamilton Advertiser - - RELIGION -

The great­est story ever told is com­ing to town again –and re­hearsals are about to get un­der way.

Churches across Hamil­ton com­bined ear­lier this year for a ground­break­ing out­door play about the Pas­sion of Christ.

It was per­formed in the streets dur­ing Holy Week and was such a suc­cess that even big­ger plans are be­ing made for Easter 2018.

Liz Black­man, the wife of Rev Ross Black­man from the Old Par­ish, will once again pro­duce and di­rect the play.

She said: “It is won­der­ful to have the sup­port of the churches in com­ing to­gether again to take the Easter story out into the streets.

“The op­por­tu­nity to bring the story to life is wel­come, and I hope lots of peo­ple will be in­ter­ested in join­ing us.”

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of Walk With Christ ear­lier this year, the churches will be per­form­ing a 90-minute Pas­sion play called Re­newal Through Res­ur­rec­tion next Easter.

While the last play was se­ri­alised over Holy Week, this next pro­duc­tion will be per­formed on the streets of Hamil­ton on Easter Satur­day, March 31, 2018.

Au­di­tions and re­hearsals will be­gin this month, and any­one in­ter­ested in tak­ing part is wel­come to go along.

A Pas­sion play tells the story of the last week of Je­sus’ life through drama, tak­ing peo­ple on a jour­ney to the cross and ul­ti­mately find­ing re­newal through res­ur­rec­tion.

The cast are tra­di­tion­ally drawn from the com­mu­nity, with a pro­fes­sional ac­tor in the role of Je­sus.

And for next year, the com­pany are de­lighted that Ni­cholas El­liot will per­form the main role.

He is an ex­pe­ri­enced ac­tor who trained at the Royal Academy of Dra­matic Art in Lon­don and has worked ex­ten­sively in the­atre, film and tele­vi­sion, most re­cently with the Na­tional The­atre.

Ni­cholas said: “I am very much look­ing for­ward to work­ing with ev­ery­one and to get­ting started.

“I feel very proud to be cast in such a role as they are big shoes to fill – not only in the ac­tual role of Je­sus, but also fol­low­ing on from such a suc­cess­ful pro­duc­tion last March.

“I spend a good deal of time in Hamil­ton and was ac­tu­ally mar­ried in Chatel­her­ault, so I have had great times and great mem­o­ries here in Hamil­ton and look for­ward to bring­ing our Pas­sion play to the com­mu­nity.”

The churches of Hamil­ton have a tra­di­tion of com­ing to­gether dur­ing Holy Week, rotating the host.

In 2017 it was the turn of the Old Kirk, and they de­cided that they wanted to do some­thing a bit dif­fer­ent.

Each day at Hamil­ton Old Par­ish, ac­tors per­formed scenes from Holy Week as they would have hap­pened, and the pro­duc­tion con­cluded with Je­sus on the cross out­side the church fol­lowed by a church ser­vice.

If you would like to join the com­pany for 2018, you don’t need any ex­pe­ri­ence of act­ing or drama to be in­volved, and you don’t need to be a mem­ber of a church.

Any­one who wants to help tell the Easter story is wel­come. There are lots of ways to be in­volved, from hav­ing one of the lead roles or ap­pear­ing in crowd scenes, to help­ing with scenery, sound or ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Re­hearsals will be held at 7pm in Cad­zow Par­ish Church, start­ing on Tues­day, Novem­ber 14.

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