Hundreds of people watch Palm Sunday passion play

In the Woodstock Passion story, Jesus, played by Thomas Panton, is questioned by the priests following his arrest after the last supper

In the Woodstock Passion story, Jesus, played by Thomas Panton, is questioned by the priests following his arrest after the last supper Buy this photo

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WOODSTOCK town square is usually filled with tourists and shoppers but it was the scene of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion on Sunday.

About 1,000 people turned out to watch the community production of The Woodstock Passion, a retelling of the Easter story to celebrate Palm Sunday.

It included more than 70 amateur costumed actors and backstage volunteers, who had prepared for three months.

The show took place in the town centre and the Oxfordshire Museum gardens.

Thomas Panton, lead singer of local band The Kites, played Jesus.

Oxford Mail:

The Last Supper, in the garden of the Oxfordshire Museum

Director Katie Read said: “We have good community spirit and people like to take part in something theatrical.

“It was really good to see how many people were interested, including a lot of children.”

Mrs Read, a former professional theatre director from Woodstock, said she originally planned to hire a professional actor to play Jesus but praised Mr Panton’s performance.

Oxford Mail:

The main stage in the Market Square

She added: “It was different for me doing a community project but it was brilliant to do because of their enthusiasm.

“The difficulty was we couldn’t rehearse in situ properly. We tried the morning before but there was a lot of traffic and people there.

Oxford Mail:

Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem

“Essentially, the main performance was the first time we had done it properly. Considering they were amateur actors they responded brilliantly.”

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8:41pm Tue 15 Apr 14

MartinWainwright says...

It was marvellous being involved with this, thanks to the inspirational directing of Katie Read and the original vision of Revs Jonathan Todd and Clare Hayns.

If you'd like to read more about the project - and a vigorous discussion of Passion Plays generally - check out

http://www.theguardi
an.com/commentisfree
/belief/2014/apr/12/
joy-passion-play-nat
ional-revival

All warm wishes, Martin Wainwright
It was marvellous being involved with this, thanks to the inspirational directing of Katie Read and the original vision of Revs Jonathan Todd and Clare Hayns. If you'd like to read more about the project - and a vigorous discussion of Passion Plays generally - check out http://www.theguardi an.com/commentisfree /belief/2014/apr/12/ joy-passion-play-nat ional-revival All warm wishes, Martin Wainwright MartinWainwright
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