Ready to expand?

Putting on a small Passion Play can help build confidence before expanding to work with a large community cast. With a handful of actors, you can stage Passion Plays in a church building or at different locations in your local community. Find out what others have done below.

What expanding does look like?

Some groups perform Passion Plays in churches and cathedrals around the country, with creative uses of space and technology. You can see photographs of the Oxford Passion Play in 2022 and Liverpool Cathedral in 2022 here.

Other Passion Plays have been performed at various locations in their local community. Audience members meet at a set location and are led to different locations between scenes by actors in costume. Some plays have rolling performances where each scene repeats at half hour intervals for new audiences.

Choose 4 locations in your town or city that would be good to stage the following 4 scenes:

  • Jesus miracles
  • Last supper/Judas betrayal
  • Crucifixion
  • Resurrection

Your actors will usher people from one location to the next. The scenes will unfold around them as they move from one part to the next. Repeat multiple times for new groups…

A group of actors dressed in middle eastern costumes wave palm branches and dance with Jesus in the middle.

What resources do we need? Props/costume, film/ photography

What is the cost? £1,000 – £5,000

What actors do we need? Small cast of experienced actors who can work with small community cast.

How long does it take to plan and rehearse? 3 months

How can PT help? We can help with costumes and props. We can provide advice from directors. We have scripts available.

A screenshot showing image tiles with scenes fro the Liverpool Cathedral Passion Play.
A screenshot showing image tiles with scenes from the Oxford Passion Play.

Who can I talk to about my ideas to expand?

Our trustees, associate members and experts who have been putting on the plays for years can help you. Contact us to find out more.

Where can I get more help and inspiration for my Passion Play?

Our conferences, seminars and workshops are excellent places to find inspiration and gain new skills. You can keep in touch with future events and see past conferences here.

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