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Havant Passion Play Limited

The Road to Easter (2021)


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. The three productions we have done so far have all been performed in the open air but in 2020 and 2021 we have had to find new ways of working. For Holy Week 2021, we produced an online event called ‘The Road to Easter’. The first trailer went out on 19th March 2021 followed by films shown each day from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday inclusive. 

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Initially our cast and crews 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.

The three productions we have done so far have all been performed in the open air, in August, in Havant Park, and have been 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!

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 and crew.

HPP had plans to produce our fourth outdoor Passion Play in 2022, but due to Covid restrictions and other considerations, this now seems unlikely to happen until 2023.

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Performing during the Pandemic ... 

During the recent restrictions we have not been resting on our laurels! For Advent 2020 we filmed a selection of monologues, one to be shown each day of Advent. HPP’s Living Advent Calendar!

We again called on the skills and expertise of James Burke-Dunsmore and a team of five HPP people; actors, trustees and backstage crew, had a great deal of fun coming up with characters for each day and writing scripts for them.  Our script writing skills were quickly honed under James’s direction and we managed to produce the 26 scripts we needed.

The word went out for actors and we were blessed with 26 people offering their services. We accommodated them all, even though some characters had more than one script, as we had three trailers and we were able to use a mother and daughter, who were in the same ‘bubble’, for one of the scenes. The HPP Living Advent Calendar went out on social media and was a resounding success being viewed over 14,000 times!

For Holy Week 2021, we produced an online event called ‘The Road to Easter’. 

The first trailer went out on 19th March 2021 followed by films shown each day from Palm Sunday until Easter Sunday inclusive.  This time, due to covid restraints and a smaller cast requirement, the production team adapted their approach and selected those people they thought best fitted the part and the script. Something we have never done before, as HPP welcomes everyone, but these strange times we are living through meant that we had to adapt our thinking as well.

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You can view all of the 2021 monologues on the HPP YouTube Channel but here a few some to get started ...

 

 

So far (June 2021) we have had over 3,200 views on YouTube alone and they are still coming in!
 
The feedback has been incredible:

‘I’ve watched each day and found them so interesting. Looking from a different perspective each time really gives a new twist to an old, old, story!’

‘This has been truly moving. Thank you for a wonderful production.’
‘The series has been wonderful, thank you.’


‘I loved it! You all did brilliantly with limited resources and time.’

‘Some of the performances were beyond amazing.’
 
 
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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!