Hundreds of shoppers witnessed the first Passion Play in Bedford for 30 years.
With a cast of almost 100, the play brought live theatre to the streets during a procession from Church Square to Castle Mound, where The Crucifixion was vividly recreated.
The live theatre performance on Saturday, March 26, offered a new script which retold the story of Jesus’ trials, crucifixion and resurrection in a fresh and direct way.
The town centre streets came to a standstill as hundreds of people gathered to watch the two-hour performance, which ended at the foot of the mound with live doves being released into the skies.
The role of Jesus was played by James McNaughton who said: “I found the whole experience very moving and was overwhelmed by the response of the people who came to watch. This is something I will never forget and I am honoured to have been a part of something so amazing.”
Director Cally Lawrence of No Loss Productions said: “This has been one of the most challenging things I have undertaken. However, it has also been one of the most rewarding. Volunteers have come from many unlikely sources and have taken on some demanding roles, both in the spotlight, as well as behind the scenes. We could not have done it without them.”
The organisers thank everyone who was involved in making the event possible and such a success.
A film shot by Bedford College students can be seen at www.bedfordpassionplay.com and you can find more on Facebook and Twitter @bedspassionplay