Marlborough Community Passion Play: preparations gather pace - professional actor to play Jesus
Frazer Blaxland, 31, will take the role of Jesus in the Marlborough Community Passion Play. Frazer is a graduate of Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies from Roehampton University. He has worked for 'Theatre in Education' and appeared in commercials and documentaries as well as on the stage.
Marlborough Community Passion Play will be performed during the late afternoon and evening of Easter Eve (Saturday, April 15, 2017). Over 350 members of the community will be involved, including 100 children.
The Passion Play, which tells the Easter story of the crucifixion and resurrection, is an open- air promenade performance, starting with a procession in Marlborough High Street, and with most of the action taking place in The Parade. Admission is free.
Helen Stokes, together with her husband Vincent, are the artistic directors. She said: “Above all we want the play to be an inclusive project, accessible to the whole community.”
Although the main speaking parts have been allocated and a professional actor is taking the lead part, there are still plenty of ways to be involved, either as a member of the crowd or working behind the scenes as part of the technical crew, construction or costume. A Head of Costume is urgently required.
The team are also looking for drummers and a Roman Centurion to play a Cornu which is also known as a Cornicen - not an everyday orchestral instrument!
In the next weeks Helen, Vincent, David Wylie (Production Manager) and the team will be running drama workshops exploring the Easter story with students in local primary schools and at St John’s Academy. Students will be making their own costumes and props and will have the opportunity to be part of the Passion Play on April 15.
A Public Meeting will be held on Saturday, January 14 at 15.00 in Christchurch, New Road, Marlborough. This will provide an opportunity to meet the team behind the Marlborough Community Passion Play, hear what is planned and how you might get involved. The meeting will also provide details of the proposed closure of The Parade from 10am to 7.30pm for the performance.
Devizes held a Passion Play in 2012 with an audience of 1,000, Wroughton’s 2016 Passion Play had an audience of 1,500. Some readers may remember the last Marlborough Passion Play which was held in the Priory Gardens in the 90’s. It is hoped that the 2017 Marlborough Passion Play will attract an audience of 2,000.
More information can be found on their website. And on Facebook: Marlborough-Community-Passion-Play