Passion Play in Reedham vividly recreates Jesus’s last days

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play
Picture: James Bass

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play Picture: James Bass - Credit: © James Bass 2017

The story of the crucifixion of Jesus has been vividly recreated in a village by 30 amateur actors as about 500 people watched an outside passion play.

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play
Picture: James Bass

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play Picture: James Bass - Credit: © James Bass 2017

On Good Friday the story of the last few days leading up to the death of Jesus was told in Reedham, near Great Yarmouth.

Nearly 500 people came to watch the Passion Play be performed in five outside locations.

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play
Picture: James Bass

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play Picture: James Bass - Credit: © James Bass 2017

The story began in the playground of the primary school where crowds waited for the arrival of Jesus and the

start of the story which was narrated throughout.

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play
Picture: James Bass

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play Picture: James Bass - Credit: © James Bass 2017


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After the first scene the crowds were marshalled around the village to its playing field for the second scene at the Garden of Gethsemane, followed by a village house setting the scene for Caiaphas's home.

Jesus was taken before Pilate outside the Gospel Hall and finally, the crucifixion was played out in a dramatic and moving way at Ferry Farmyard.

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play
Picture: James Bass

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play Picture: James Bass - Credit: © James Bass 2017

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The event had been planned for 18 months, and organisers said the director, cast, choir, musicians, stage managers, production crew and crowd marshals had worked tirelessly to cover every possibility and potential logistic problems on such an ambitious project.

Rev Lorna Allies, Reedham associate priest and one of the main organisers behind the production, was pleased with how the whole event had gone.

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play
Picture: James Bass

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play Picture: James Bass - Credit: © James Bass 2017

She said: 'The reaction of the crowd of onlookers was overwhelmingly positive, and many were moved

to tears by the sight of Jesus.

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play
Picture: James Bass

Scenes from the Reedham Passion Play Picture: James Bass - Credit: © James Bass 2017

'The whole team behind the Passion Play are very grateful to everyone who came and gave their support which made it so worthwhile'

She also thanked the cast of around thirty amateur actors and a hardworking and dedicated production crew from the local community who all worked together as a team to bring the story to life in Reedham.

In total about 100 people were involved in staging the Passion Play, which was free to watch.

It saw a retired cathedral organist and composer in charge of the music, a retired costume designer making most of the costumes, a boat-builder and two engineers building the cross, and a theatrical agency director in charge of the production

Donations were collected during the event in aid of the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

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