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“The ocean is like God and raindrops are the religion. When they fall into the ocean they become one.”
Zoya Ahmed and Nurun Uddin

Church of St John the Baptist
Reedham Passion Play 2017
Our progress:

The play has been a mammoth undertaking, and has had a team of one hundred and twelve volunteers to make it happen.  There were forty-five actors, six brass instrumentalists and a choir of thirty.  These were supported by the production team, stage managers, marshals, costume designer and admin.
We were amazed to find so much talent in and around our village.  Our music director had been CEO of the Royal College of Organists, and before that he was the organist at Norwich Cathedral for twenty-three years. The cross was designed by two engineers and built by a boatbuilder in his workshop.  The producer runs a theatrical agency.  The costumes were designed and made by a retired BBC costume designer.
Our security and risk management was handled by a lady whose day job is as an insurance expert.  Our publicity and photos have been done by a professional photographer with strong links to the media.  The list goes on.
We had several worries.  How many people would turn up?  Would the distances between sites be too great?  We had no sound equipment, so would everyone be able to hear? What would the weather be like?


Photos: James Bass Photography


Artwork: Heather Nicholas

We needed to find suitable sites in the village.  As the event was free and unticketed, we had no idea how many would turn up.  In the early days we budgeted for about two hundred, but our publicity turned out to be so good that people were contacting us from far and wide, so we revised the figure up to five hundred.  This meant that one of the sites (a garden) would not be suitable, so we decided to use the school playing field instead.
From the first we knew that some of the audience would be disabled and unable to walk between sites, so we hired coaches to ferry them on the day.  This gave us logistics problems, because the coaches would necessarily follow the crowd and decant the passengers at the back, so we had to find a way of ensuring that space was reserved at each of five very different sites.
The sites we chose were:
  • The Primary School playground for the triumphant entry into Jerusalem and the plot to betray Jesus
  • The school playing field for the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus was arrested
  • The brick-weave front garden of a big house for the house of Caiaphas the high priest, who conducted the sham trial where Jesus was condemned
  • The grassed area in front of the Gospel Hall for Pilate’s court, which looks down onto the road below, where the death sentence was ratified by the Roman governor
  • The grassy yard at Ferry Farm, scene of the execution
Many of us grew beards – I have decided to keep mine!