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Marlborough Community Passion Play – bringing families and the community together – but more volunteers welcome

Written by Sue Round on .

The Piercy Family (Claudia, Nic, Noah and Timon) studying the script for the Marlborough Community Passion PlayThe Piercy Family (Claudia, Nic, Noah and Timon) studying the script for the Marlborough Community Passion PlayMarlborough is buzzing with activity for the Community Passion Play which will be performed across numerous locations throughout the town on Easter Saturday (15 April), involving a cast of around 250 with a further 100 people working behind the scenes.

Rehearsals have begun in earnest and in some cases involve whole families.

The Piercys - Claudia, Nic, Noah (13) and Timon (11) are all actors in the play. Noah and Timon (pupils at St John’s School) play a part in the parable of the feeding of the 5000, and Noah also appears as one of a group of children mocking Zacchaeus the tax man.  Nic has the role of Peter and is growing a beard for the event!

“The first read through had a great atmosphere, was lots of fun and brought together a marvellous mix of people,”  recalls Claudia, who plays the part of a wife infuriated by her mother-in-law.  She is quick to point out that she herself has the most wonderful mother-in-law!

Members of St Francis’s School art club with Vincent Stokes make palm leaves for the Marlborough Community Passion PlayMembers of St Francis’s School art club with Vincent Stokes make palm leaves for the Marlborough Community Passion PlayFrazer Blaxland, the professional actor who will play Jesus, told marlborough.news,  “Playing Jesus is one of the most challenging roles you can play.  How do you relate to a man who did nothing wrong and loved even those who put him to death?  I really have to think carefully about how to play him.”

After the first rehearsal Frazer said,  “It was a delight to see the beginnings of what is going to be a wonderful adventure with my fellow actors and creatives.  Exciting times ahead.”

The production team are still happy to have more people involved – as extras in the crowd, stewards to help direct the audience, helpers with set or costumes or just as an extra pair of hands.

To get involved in the Passion Play please either email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , call 07434 802554 or look at the website www.marlboroughpassion.uk