Put on a Passion Play in your community
*** Update 23 October: Due to the new Covid restrictions Wintershall have decided to relaunch One Good Friday in 2022 ***
Wintershall - the organisation which has traditionally performed a Passion Play in Trafalgar Square - is inviting communities to join One Good Friday and stage their own plays for Easter 2021.
It has long been Wintershall’s dream to bring their Passion Play nationwide and to share their full-scale re-enactment of the Passion with communities throughout the UK. On Good Friday, 10 April 2020, this dream was going to be fulfilled, with Wintershall not only performing the Passion Play in London but local casts performing the play in UK towns and cities on the same day – including performances in Bath, Bishop Auckland, Hamilton, Horsham, Liverpool and Worcester. A truly ecumenical, community-focused project.
However, due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, plans had to be put on hold.
Instead of a live public performance, One Good Friday 2020 took the form of a live stream, through Wintershall’s Facebook page, featuring an introduction from the Archbishop of Westminster and CTE President, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, reflections from a number of clergy and a special selection of pre-recorded rehearsal clips and interviews from One Good Friday towns and cities, filmed before social distancing measures were put into place. This was followed by a screening of the 2019 Passion of Jesus from Trafalgar Square.
Looking forward, Wintershall hopes to encourage even more towns and cities to perform their own Passion plays in 2021. Wintershall offers a Passion script, a comprehensive Production Manual and help and advice to each location. The cast, production team and volunteers would be from the local community, pulling together to make a difference and to share the story.
Charlotte de Klee, Wintershall Trustee and Producer of the Wintershall Passion Play said: “At a time when people are feeling more alone than ever before, we can all come together to share this story of hope. Wintershall is committed to returning to Trafalgar Square with their Passion of Jesus play on 2 April 2021 and many of the One Good Friday locations have already committed to do the same in their towns and cities on the same day.”
Wintershall have put together this short introductory film to explain how to take part in 2021
Register your interest as an individual or a group on the One Good Friday website.