The first rehearsal: Frazer Blaxland (standing - Jesus) with Ben Tanning, Edward Maurice, David Maurice, Alison Shelby & Pauline BerrymanRehearsals are underway for the Marlborough Community Passion Play which will take place in the town on Easter Saturday, April 15 from 4 to 6 pm. Spectators will not have to pay to watch the performance.
Frazer Blaxland, the professional actor who will play Jesus, and those members of the community who have been allocated speaking parts, met on Sunday for the first read through of the script written by Helen Stokes.
Helen, who is the play's artistic director, believes that “The retelling of the most famous story in Western culture will bring the community together and it will be a fruitful experience for all those involved.”
Volunteers are still required to assist in a variety of ways. Teams of stewards are needed on the day.
They will receive basic Health and Safety training, be dressed as Roman soldiers and will be required to attend the rehearsals in the week prior to the performance.
Planning the moves... The team behind the production: Back row - l to r: David Wylie, Liz Woods, Martin Milner, Charles Joseph, James Seddon, Louise Seddon Front row: Hugh de Sarum, Andy Tatum, Nina Woolrych, Noel Woolrych, Helen Stokes, Vincent Stokes
The costume department are looking for donations of fabrics in neutral shades, fake fur and leather, old tie-backs, tea towels, sheets and anything else that would be appropriate for middle eastern costume of that period.
Nick Harper on stage at Avebury Rocks in 2012Avebury Rocks is returning as a two-day music festival with associated sponsored walk at a new venue.
The festival will move from Avebury Cricket Ground to East Farm, Avebury, from Friday July 7 to Sunday, July 9.
It continues to be a fundraiser for Prospect Hospice, the charity it was set up to support in 2011.
The musical entertainment will kick off on Friday evening. Then, after the traditional morning walk across the neolithic landscape, the bands return throughout Saturday.
Local and national acts from the worlds of rock and folk will provide the entertainment.
Already confirmed are Bath-based hip-hop and soul act Benji and Hibbz, singer-songwriter Ed Mann, local troubador George Wilding, dub, reggae and ska-influenced Kioko, Marlborough Rock Choir, Swindon Samba, ukulele band Ukey D’ukes, rock band Ulysses, and festival founder Nick Harper, the renowned singer-songwriter, with more acts to be confirmed.
Ticket prices – which include overnight camping – are yet to be confirmed.
For details, log on to the festival’s new website – http://aveburyrocksfestival.net