Load Street, and the Severn River Bridge will be closed for an hour, from 2.15pm whilst the Bewdley Passion Play is performed by professional and non-professional actors.
The play will be a promenade in which actors and audience move between different places in the centre of Bewdley – as the story of the trial and death of Jesus are performed. The climax is the crucifixion scene in front of St. Anne’s Church, Load Street.
The play has been adapted from a play performed in Warwick town centre last year and will be directed by Stephen Conway. Stephen Conway: ‘This is an amazing opportunity to direct a play based on an incredibly important and emotional time in the Christian year and I feel deeply honoured to be involved in this project.’ ‘Whatever your personal beliefs are, the story of the final hours of Jesus has made a lasting impression on history and culture of our world – It remains one of the most dramatic and incisive stories of any age – which engages people of all ages and beliefs. Bewdley has a wonderful tradition of fostering creative projects – now it is to host its first Passion Play.
Keith James: The Bewdley Passion Play takes the story of the final hours of Jesus’ life back out where it belongs - Jesus wasn’t crucified between two candles in a quiet building – his final hours were played out in the hustle and noise of people and streets. To take this story into the heart of Bewdley is both risky and exciting - it will be a memorable start to the Easter weekend and is yet another reason to visit the town.
Stephen Conway: ‘The Bewdley Passion Play will involve Bewdley people and there are still a few non-speaking roles to be filled. If anybody wishes to be involved please contact me on 07774 252 992 or email stephen.conway2012 @btinternet.com.