Good Friday performance in Chester city-centre "a triumph"
Passion Play used local talent and featured local landmarks
Radio documentary now to be broadcast with the behind-the-scenes stories
CHESTER'S HISTORIC city-centre streets thronged with people earlier this year, as the Roman city was filled with controversy on Good Friday when Jesus of Nazareth was sent to the cross. Chester Mystery Plays choose to re-enact the Biblical accounts of Jesus' death in the open-air, at various local landmarks and using a cast, choir and group of musicians entirely from local churches and schools.
THEATRE IN The Quarter and Churches Together were also involved in the production, which reached a climax outside Chester Cathedral before crowds of over 3,000 people, and local and regional media. Now, a radio documentary is to be broadcast featuring commentary on the production on the day, as well as interviews with key players in the performance, including musical director Matt Baker, Canon Jeremy Dussock of the Cathedral, musician Carey Adams, town-crier David Mitchell and Nick Sherratt, who played Jesus.
FLAME RADIO will be airing the documentary on Monday, 28th November between 1.30-2.30pm; repeated on Tuesday, 29th from 8.00pm. Listeners can hear it on 1521 medium-wave (AM) or www.flameradio.org
Norman Polden of Flame: "This radio documentary captures the feeling and atmosphere of what it was like, on the day and also fascinatingly reveals what went into the planning of the first Chester Passion Play, on theatrical, logistical and theological levels."