The last days in the life of Jesus are movingly portrayed in The Passion, being staged at the cornerHOUSE in April.
From his joyful arrival in Jerusalem to his arrest, trial, crucifixion and resurrection, this second part of the highly acclaimed Mysteries trilogy promises to be a memorable experience – especially in the lead up to Easter.
Created by playwright and poet Tony Harrison, and first staged at the National Theatre in the 1980s, this promenade performance is based on the medieval English mystery plays, which were played out by members of the trade guilds, largely in the streets of Yorkshire cities.
Director Leo Ellmers recreated the first part of the trilogy, The Nativity, at the cornerHOUSE in Douglas Road, in 2006, and has always been keen to bring The Passion to Surbiton’s versatile community arts centre.
He has assembled a company of talented local actors who represent the craftsmen and women of the original mystery plays.
The cast, some playing multiple roles, will bring many biblical characters to life. They will be accompanied by musicians who are recreating the original score from the National Theatre production – the work of folk legend John Tams and his band, the Home Service.
“Audience members will move around the cornerHOUSE, guided by the actors, in this ‘promenade’ performance,” explained Leo.
“The Passion takes you through familiar biblical stories – including the baptism of Jesus, the trial before Pilate and, of course, a powerful and moving crucifixion scene.
“The script is poetic and gritty, with echoes of medieval English from the original mystery plays. Add to this an amazing musical score, and we believe this will be a truly unforgettable production.”
The Passion will be performed from Wednesday, April 5 to Saturday, April 8. The show starts at 8pm. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are £9 (£7 concs) and are available from ticketsource.co.uk.