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Conferences

The Passion Trust Conference brings together key people who perform, produce and support passion plays around the country. It is an excellent way to network and connect with others. As well as promoting community between the various productions,  the Passion Trust invites distinguished speakers including directors, producers, academics, actors, writers, fundraisers and sponsors to inspire and equip passion plays in the UK. The conference includes advice and tips for reaching a wide audience, successful fundraising and marketing, and effective community involvement.

Passion Conference 2019

Passion Conference 2019 – Just the Beginning – Jim Henderson

Passion Conference 2019 – Just the Beginning – Rachel Wood

Passion Conference 2019 – Prof. Helen Bond

Passion Conference 2019 – Expert Q & A

Passion Conference 2019 – Stage Fighting

Passion Conference 2019 – Script Writing

Passion Conference 2019 – Marketing Mix

Passion Conference 2018

Passion Conference 2018 – Directing

Passion Conference 2018 – Practical effects

Passion Conference 2018 – Performance 1

Passion Conference 2018 – Performance 2

Passion Conference 2018 – Finance

Passion Conference 2018 – Panel Discussion

Passion Conference 2018 – Tech Talk

Passion Conference 2018 – The Genius Of Passion Plays

Passion Conference 2017

Suzanne Lofthus – International and Prison Plays

Kevin Walsh –

Q&A Session

Peter Cregeen –

Roman Soldiers Demonstration –

Birmingham Passion Play Workshop –

Passion Conference 2016

The annual Passion Trust conference draws together all people from Passion Plays around the UK. Actors, producers, directors, costume-designers, make-up artists, fundraisers, journalists, volunteers – all bring their unique perspective. National and international speakers from the world of theatre, church, business and education are there to equip and resource people putting on plays in their own local communities.

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Experiencing a Passion Play

Pannel Q & A

Stage Combat

About Charlotte’s Journey

Passion Conference 2015

The annual Passion Trust conference draws together all people from Passion Plays around the UK. Actors, producers, directors, costume-designers, make-up artists, fundraisers, journalists, volunteers – all bring their unique perspective. National and international speakers from the world of theatre, church, business and education are there to equip and resource people putting on plays in their own local communities.

Neil Maddock. A Passion: Vision to Reality

Peter Blackman. Grants and Funds

Phil McCormick, Gloucestershire Mystery Plays

Question and Answers at Passion Conference 2015

Serena Smith, Lewes Passion Play

Sharon Muiruri, The Poole Passion

Stephen Conway, Bewdley Passion Play

Passion Conference 2014

Passion Trust Conference 2014 – Sessions (scroll down for questions and answers from the panel of experts).

2014 Sessions

Session 1a: Helen Longley: Tonbridge Passion Play
How to produce a Passion Play from scratch and with little money

Helen was inspired by the Passion Trust Conference in 2012 and spoke about the development of the Tonbridge Passion Play since then. Working with volunteers from the community and using council land, the 2013 Tonbridge Passion Play was performed over the Easter weekend to a crowd of over 2,000 people in the grounds of Tonbridge Castle and in bitterly cold weather.

Session 1b: Jon Bebb: ‘Soul by the Sea’, Brighton
How to grow an established Passion Play

Jon has been involved with Brighton’s ‘Soul by the Sea’ event and Passion Play for the past few years and spoke about managing a successful and growing production.

Session 2: Sharon Muiruri: Poole Passion Play
How to do amazing productions with what little you have

Sharon Muiri is the artistic director of Poole Passion and an Associate Lecturer at Winchester University in Applied Drama and Theatre in Education (TIE).  Her freelance practice involves the use of Applied Drama with disaffected young people and adults in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction.  She was a founder of Vita Nova.  She is also co-director of State of Play, a reincarnation of Bournemouth Theatre in Education Team and an accomplished freelance director & facilitator.

 Session 3: James Burke-Dunsmore
How to be crucified 150 times and still go for more.

James Burke-Dunsmore has portrayed Jesus for over 16 years and has just started his 68th production. As an actor, he regularly performs in Guildford, Trafalgar Square and Wintershall. In 2008 he led a cast in a re-enactment of the Crucifixion in Leicester City Centre, which was filmed by the BBC. He was director in Leicester for ten years, in Brighton for 2011-2013 and he recently directed Jesus Street Shows in Cape Town.

 

Passion Trust Conference 2014 – Q and A Session

Session 5: Panel of Experts

This Question and Answer session was braved by a panel which included experts on Fundraising, P and R, Directing, Producing, Technical needs and Acting. Watch the video about to see how they answer the following questions:

Q&A: How do you deal with negative comments in the press?

Q&A: How do you measure the impact of Passion Plays?

Q&A: What are Passion Play roadshows?

Q&A: Do Passion Play roadshows work?

Q&A: What is the importance of the technical crew?

Q&A: What size is the cast of a Passion Play?

Q&A: How do you work with churches?

Q&A: How do you write a new script?

Q&A: Does the message change with different contexts?

Q&A: How do you make a Passion Play sustainable?

Q&A: What marketing strategies are successful?

Q&A: How do you engage with people who don’t go to church?

Q&A: How do you attract donations?

Q&A: How do you find crew and equipment?

Q&A: How do you avoid clashes with other Passion Plays?

Q&A: What is the technical cost of a high end production?

Q&A: What have been the best and worst technical productions?

Q&A: What was it like to do a Passion Play in Cape Town?

Q&A: How did you gather your groups together?

Q&A: How to engage with Media and raising the profile

Passion Conference 2012

Why do a Passion Play? With Peter Hutley, producer of the most Biblical plays in the UK.

Insight into Passion Plays with Prof. Jolian Mitchels.

Modern Passion Plays with Suzanne Lofthus, Glasgow Passion 2012.

How to Fundraise for your Passion Play

How to work with the Council for your Passion Play

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