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:

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. Q&A