A CEMETERY is once again set to stage a dramatic Easter event on Good Friday.
The Houghton-le-Spring Passion Play will be performed in the Houghton Hillside Cemetery on April 3.
Being outside adds a different dimension to the experience and enables us to present the Passion of Christ to a whole new audience.The Reverend Canon Sue Pinnington
The open-air performance is set in modern times, in a CNN news reporting-style, using music composed by parishioner Stuart Clappison.
The audience will become the crowd as the story of Jesus’s arrest, trial and execution is played out by the cast, who will weave through the cemetery depicting the Stations of the Cross.
The Rector of Houghton, the Reverend Canon Sue Pinnington, said: “This is the eleventh time this play has been performed in Houghton, but just the second time we have used the Hillside Cemetery.
“Being outside adds a different dimension to the experience and enables us to present the Passion of Christ to a whole new audience.
“We’re excited to be able to bring the good news of Jesus out of church and into the open for all to see.”
Trainee priest, John Vilaseca Bruch, who will be playing the part of Jesus, said: “I am honoured to be playing this role in the play. I am sure it will bring the story of the Passion of Christ alive for me in a very personal way. I hope our play will help people to put themselves into the story and experience its power.” Admission to the play is free. There will be no on-street parking at the venue but a free minibus shuttle will take spectators to the Hillside Cemetery from the Broadway, outside St Michael and All Angels’ Church.