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“Hate leads to fights, Fights lead to war, War leads to beautiful world no more”
Kieran Hunt

Havant Passion Play Ltd
Behold the Man

Update September 2020: Please see text in pink. 

Havant Passion Play Limited (HPP)  has been a registered Company and Charity since January 2013. Our aim is to bring the Word of God to a wider audience though the medium of drama. Initially our cast and crew were drawn from a variety of local churches but as time has gone on we are drawing people from a wider demographic. It is of no importance to us how, or if people worship, everyone is welcome to join us in telling these wonderful stories. 

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The three productions we have done so far have all been performed in the open air, in August,  in Havant Park, and are free to all comers.  We have been amazed to see people with bags of shopping just stop and look, then put down their shopping, sit on the grass and watch to the end of the play! 
 
Our first production in 2015 was a pure Passion Play depicting the last week in the life of Jesus Christ, based on Luke's Gospel. Our production in 2017 started with some of the miracles, healings and teachings of Jesus before showing  a more stylised Passion. Our latest production, in 2019, was based on the Gospel of Mark and Act 1 gave many actors an opportunity to take on larger roles. They depicted the disciples and followers telling unbelievers about Jesus, and the miracles and healings he performed, before Jesus actually appeared in Act 2! 
 
We have been fortunate in being able to employ the services of James Burke-Dunsmore as our, writer, producer, director and star actor for all three productions! James has been playing the role of Jesus for over 20 years, primarily at Wintershall in 'The Life of Christ', in The Wintershall Passion in Trafalgar Square on Good Fridays, in Guildford, Brighton and in many other countries around the world. He is the only paid member of the cast. 

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We are always looking for ways to expand and take the message to a wider audience. During Lent 2017 we took a child friendly, 'Way of the Cross' into a local primary school. It was watched by the junior children, many of whom took part by carrying the cross, hammering in nails and joining in the singing. 
 
The Board of HPP is always looking to the future and had considered whether a play about the birth of Christ would be a worthwhile project for the community. It was hoped that this would be performed in late 2020 but due to the pandemic things have had to be put on hold for the foreseeable future.
 
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Much of our time between plays is usually taken up in fundraising for the next one however we , like many other organisations, have been hit by the effects of COVID-19. We have had to cancel all our fundraising ideas for this year and have decided that our next big production will not now take place until 2022.

We have however, an exciting idea in the pipeline. Some of our actors will record a selection of Christmas monologues based on characters in the Christmas Bible stories which will be available through social media. Obviously this will not bring in much needed funds but we hope it will continue to keep our Charity in people's minds. We have also continued to send out our monthly newsletters to those who have signed up to receive them. 


 
To contact us or to find out more about HPP you can sign up to our regular monthly newsletter through our website at
www.havantpassionplay.org.uk or follow us on Facebook.


We welcome not only potential actors of all ages, but behind the scenes crew. We always need people to put up and take down the stage and gazeboes, move chairs and tables, make props, sew costumes,  make tea, help with publicity and advertising, make up artists, the list is endless!