Crowds flock to Norfolk village Passion Play
On Good Friday, the story of the last few days leading up to the death of Jesus Christ was brought to the East Norfolk village of Reedham, near Acle.
Nearly 500 people came from the local community, surrounding villages and further afield to watch the Passion Play performed in five outside locations.
The story began in the playground of the primary school where crowds waited for the arrival of Jesus and the start of the story which was narrated throughout. After the first scene the crowds were marshalled around the village to the local playing field for the second scene at the Garden of Gethsemane, followed by a village house setting the scene for Caiaphas's home. Jesus was taken before Pilate outside the Gospel Hall and finally, the crucifixion was played out in a dramatic and moving way at Ferry Farmyard.
Rev Lorna Allies, one of the main organisers behind the production, said: “The event had been planned for 18 months, and the director, cast, choir, musicians, stage managers, production crew and crowd marshals had worked tirelessly to cover every possibility and potential logistic problems on such an ambitious project.
“On the day, everything ran smoothly. The Passion Play was a great success, we were blessed with fine if not cooler weather and a good-natured audience many who would not have seen anything like this before.”
The numbers of people walking from scene to scene along the streets of Reedham was a spectacle and something which has never been seen on this scale before.
Lorna said: “The reaction of the crowd of onlookers was overwhelmingly positive, and many were moved to tears by the sight of Jesus.
“The whole team behind the Passion Play are very grateful to everyone who came and gave their support which made it so worthwhile.”
Featuring a cast of around 30 amateur actors and a hardworking and dedicated production crew from the local community we all worked together as a team to bring the story to life in Reedham.
As one actor said afterwards: “Thanks for giving me the privilege of playing a part in what has turned into a most wonderful adventure.”
Pictured are scenes from the Reedham Passion Play. Pictures by James Bass.
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