Why it’s a wrap for Pas­sion plays in cap­i­tal’s gar­dens

The Herald - - NEWS - ALI­SON MEIKLE

WITH cold weather set to dom­i­nate the week­end, fore­cast­ers are warn­ing au­di­ences at­tend­ing the tra­di­tional Easter Plays to wrap up warm.

In a break with con­ven­tion, the an­nual per­for­mance in

Ed­in­burgh will to­day fea­ture a rather un­usual char­ac­ter who is ab­sent from the pages of the

Bi­ble.

The role of the mother of Ju­das, the dis­ci­ple who be­trayed Je­sus in the Easter story, has been added to a new ver­sion of the Pas­sion that is to be per­formed in Princes Street Gar­dens West at 2pm.

It is thought crowds about 1000-strong will turn out for the free and untick­eted show.

Also run­ning to­day is the Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Fes­ti­val on the theme of Life, The Uni­verse And Ev­ery­thing.

Yes­ter­day, the Holm­wood House Easter Egg Hunt in the grounds of the Alexan­der “Greek” Thom­son House saw young­sters turn su­per sleuths to track down the choco­late treats.

Mean­while, at Toll­cross Chil­dren’s Farm this Easter Week­end, chil­dren can come along to meet the new faces of spring.

Fam­i­lies of rab­bits and chick­ens – in­clud­ing their re­cently-born kits and chicks – will be dot­ted around the court­yard of the Glas­gow venue.

Picture: Colin Hat­ter­s­ley

„ Ac­tor Duncan Ren­nie, cen­tre, who plays Je­sus, and fel­low ac­tors re­hearse the Easter Play in Princes Street Gar­dens.

„ Si­b­lings Anna, David and Harry Wil­son, from Cath­cart, en­joy the Easter Egg Hunt at Holm­wood House in Glas­gow.

Picture: Ste­wart Attwood

„ El­lie Dun­lop and Zac Thor­burn, both five, with flower winds for Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional Sci­ence Fes­ti­val.

Picture: Kirsty An­der­son

„ Chanelle Hunter, aged nine, ad­mires a chick at Toll­cross Chil­dren’s Farm in Glas­gow.

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