Passion Trust Conference – 2022

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The Passion Trust Conference 2022

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Easter 2023. The only time city centres round the UK have the Gospel story performed free of charge. Large community casts and professional artists come together to perform the story at the heart of the Christian faith.

A story worth telling over and over. Hear from the people who have put on the most interesting and inspiring plays in the past. These are stories to inspire and equip from speakers, small group leaders and our trustees.

The Passion Trust conference will be held on Zoom again this year.

Please join us for talks and chatrooms for discussions about all things related to Passion Plays.


Key speakers at the Passion Trust Conference

Keith Morris worked with Saltmine Theatre to bring The Passion to Norwich in 2022 as chair of trustees for Celebrate Norfolk. Inspired by the Birmingham Passion, the streets of Norfolk were the stage for a new Passion with involvement from dozens of Norwich churches.

Passion Play script-writer, Emily Feltham, who played Mary Magdalene, said: “Our vision was to tell the story of Jesus in a contemporary way. We tried to imagine that if he was alive in Norwich today what would he be doing, who would he be talking to, what kinds of things would he be saying, who would he be challenging.”

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Libby Egwuba directed performances of The Passion in Gatton Park, Reigate in 2022, working with Gatton Community Theatre. Audiences are invited to join the journey, both physically and emotionally. As they travel together with the cast through Gatton Park as followers of Jesus they will feel involved in the events unfolding before them.

“Our interpretation is set in modern times in the hope of engaging with the audience more fully – we want to entertain, surprise and stir emotions and so create a deeper understanding of this amazing story that still lives on after over two thousand years.”

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We will also hear from other trustees and key members of the Passion Trust who you will be familiar with from past conferences. Conferences – The Passion Trust


The conference will be on Monday 18 October starting at 6pm with talks and break-out rooms until 8pm.


This conference is via Zoom. Find information for your calendar below, you will receive an email reminder with sign-in details a couple of days before the conference.

Topic: Passion Trust Conference 2022

Time: Monday Oct 17, 2021 6 PM London

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Passcode: 086177


Passion Plays are gearing up all around the UK for Easter 2023. This conference will inspire and equip and have a special focus on moving forward with confidence and creativity.

If you have any questions or ideas you would like to see covered, please send them via return email. We would love to hear from you!

Is fundraising like online dating?

Online dating is trying to find the right match among many differnet people. Fundraising for Passion Plays is similar to online dating in one respect: trying to find the right match for your Play among different trusts and funding charities. Finding this perfect match is the key to raising funds to tell the Easter story!

Once you find trusts and funders who are of a similar mindset and value the things you value, you are well on the way to a perfect match.


How do we find potential funders?

The Charity Commission’s Register of Charities allows you to search for free by using filters to narrow your search. (Remember, Scotland and Northern Ireland have separate registers.)
Funding Central is another register that is free to access.
For a more expensive option, you can try the Directory of Social Change’s Funds Online website which is regularly updated.
Since Passion Plays bring many churches of all denominations together, your diocese can be a good source of information and signposting. For example, see the Diocese of Bristol and their list of funders here.
The Christian Funders’ Forum is also a useful source.


How do we let funders know our project is a good match for them?

Now is the time to do some research and really think about compatibility with the funders you are researching.

You can research their online content, websites, and also Further information will be inread through their annual reports published on the Charity Commissions website (click ‘Documents’ tab). These annual reports will give useful imformation about projects they have previously funded.

A quick phone call can also be helpful in establishing contact and goodwill as you will be able to find out more about them and let them know what you do.

Remember here that one of the key elements is timing! Some funders have a set application process that requires you to apply before a deadline. Other funders have trustees’ meetings at set times during the year and those times are good to work with.

The timing of your project also matters. Some funders like to fund projects in the early stage of development, while others like to give funding when they see other funders have already contributed.

There is a lot to think about with fundraising! But Passion Plays are such unique projects that it can also be an enjoyable process. Many funders like to hear about large community arts events that tell the Easter story in fresh and inspiring ways. Not only do Passion Plays have large outdoor audiences across the UK each Easter, they are also unique spaces of community, skill-sharing, mentoring and investing in the lives of volunteers across all sections of society. They are more than a one-off performance and the impact spreads across the whole community for many months.


Where can I find more help with fundraising?

If you want more help with fundraising, we have plenty more tips and advice on our website here.

We have recorded sessions from previous Passion Trust Conferences including sessions looking at Finance & Fundraising, Administration and Practical Considerations, and Q&A sessions. You can see more information and watch short helpful videos on our website here.

You can also find lots of helpful tips and advice at The Benefact Trust here or click on the image below.

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