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Chance to see free Passion Play in Norwich

A professional Passion Play is being staged in Norwich city centre this Easter on Holy Saturday with support from a broad range of churches and their leaders across Norfolk, including Bishop Alan Hopes.

Norwich churches, Saltmine Theatre Company and ecumenical charity Celebrate Norfolk are joining together to put two free performances on April 16 at 11am and 3pm, starting at Hay Hill and moving to Millennium Plain and St Peter Mancroft Church.

Bishop Alan and the Anglican Bishop of Norwich will both be attending a performance.

The drama tells the history changing story of the last few days of Jesus’ life. Taking part in the immersive 90-minute performance will be a dozen professional actors from Dudley-based Saltmine Theatre Company  as well as 30 or so community cast actors, musicians and singers from a number of Norwich churches..

First performed in Birmingham city centre in 2019, the play attracted audiences of several thousand people following it through the city centre streets.

Rachael Orrell, Chief Executive of the Saltmine Trust, said: “Seeing people engaged and transfixed by the modern interpretation of Jesus’ story to the cross and resurrection is something I will never forget.”

Celebrate chair of trustees, Keith Morris, said: “We hope that the dramatic performance of the greatest story ever told, on the streets of Norwich for all to enjoy for free, will be an engaging and immersive experience not to be missed.

“Everyone is welcome to attend and please bring your family and friends with you.”

If you would like to help with stewarding of the event, please contact Keith on 07712 787762 or at keith.morris@rcdea.org.uk

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Pictured above is a scene from the Birmingham Passion Play by Saltmine.