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The Passion
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The Passion

by Tony Harrison

Opening Night: April 18th 2008

Venue: Llanbadarn Parish Church

  • Laura Kimball-Evans
  • Rhys Kelly
  • Ian Gledhill & Rhys Kelly
  • Anne Hayes
  • Julie McNicholls
  • Jo McMahon-Parkes
  • Sara Voisey
  • Sophie Pratt
  • Sophie Pratt
  • Anne Hayes
  • Ian Gledhill
  • Heather Giles
  • Norma Izon
  • Sophie Neale
  • Laura Kimball-Evans
  • Simon Lawfull
  • Julie McNicholls & Norma Izon
  • Simon Lawfull
Photographs J. Finnis

Production Notes

This is an extremely exciting project for us all. We were delighted to be invited to perform this piece by the Revd. Tim Morgan, following the success of our performance of Harrison's Nativity at Christmas 2006. As you can see, the church is a magnificent building - parts of which date back to the Twelfth Century. This is the first time we have staged a "site specific" project, so we are enormously grateful to Tim for the opportunity to perform in such wonderful surroundings. Site specific work does post certain problems. One of which that because we are not performing on a conventional stage you may not get an entirely clear view of some of the action. However we have made every effort to ensure that there is always something engaging happening! Harrison's script is his own poetical/theatrical adaptation of the original medieval Mystery play. Like his adaptation of the Nativity, the piece can be seen on both spiritual and domestic levels. As well as depicting Christ's last days on Earth prior to the Resurrection, it is also a story of a man who is persecuted and put to death because of his beliefs. Harrison's poetry is beautiful, complex and immensely challenging for the actors. Hopefully this, coupled with the fantastic building and the music (which has been specially composed for this piece) will create a unique theatrical event! -- David Blumfield, April 2008

Cast and Company

Role or Job Name
Knight 2 Lindsay Blumfield
Knight 4 Susan Chapman
Blind Woman Sarah Cowburn
Philip / Farmer John Daniel Edwards
John Baptist Jim Finnis
Poor Woman Heather Giles
Peter Ian Gledhill
Malcus Anne Hayes
Knight 3 Catrin Fflûr Huws
Cayphas Norma Izon
Jesus Rhys Kelly
Judas Laura Kimball-Evans
Pilate Simon Lawfull
Marcellus / Mary Magdalene Jordan McMahon-Parkes
Annas Julie McNicholls
Knight 1 Miriam Mellors
Angel / Barrabas Sophie Neale
John / Woman Sophie Pratt
Mary, Mother of Jesus June Smith
Burgher Corina Vermeer
Percula / Simon of Cyrene Sara Voisey
Director David Blumfield
Sound Design David Blumfield
Original Music John Daniel Edwards
Original Music Ian Gledhill
Set Design Duncan Gough
Original Music Anne Hayes
Stage Manager Anne Hayes
Original Music Rhys Kelly