Actors get passionate over Easter message

Stars of the Brigg Good Friday street passion play. Tim Phipps (left) - Judas Iscariot, Andrew Bunker (right)  - Peter and, front, Vincent Thurston who plays Pontius Pilate.
Stars of the Brigg Good Friday street passion play. Tim Phipps (left) - Judas Iscariot, Andrew Bunker (right) - Peter and, front, Vincent Thurston who plays Pontius Pilate.

An audience of up to 2,000 people is expected to fill Brigg Market Place this Friday as the dramatic events in the last week of Christ’s life are told.

This is the second ever performance of Brigg’s Passion Play in the Market Place and this year features a real life son and mother playing the key roles of Jesus and his mother Mary.

“We have a largely young cast and they will find acting out the events of the last week of Jesus’s life will be an extraordinary experience,” said the Rev Chris Lilley, who has returned to the area to work again with director Anne Spolton.

“When we first performed the Passion Play in 2007, many people were in tears during the crucifixion scene and we know that lives were changed.”

Eight scenes will be acted out on stages in the town’s market place made from farm trailers.

In the first scene, Jesus appears over the brow of the bridge surrounded by a crowd of children and adults waving palm branches.

The trial before Pontius Pilate is on the balcony of the historic Angel and the final scene, the crucifixion, is sure to be dramatic and moving.

Speaking at Sunday’s rehearsal, 19-year-old Vincent Thurston who plays Pilate said: “I was told back in November that I would have to have some stubble so I have not shaved.

“It is fantastic to play the part, exciting really, what a big historical figure to play.”

The Brigg Passion Play starts at 10am on Good Friday, March 29.

The play last about one hour and the audience follow the action from scene to scene.

Entry is free and, although there is no seating, the audience may bring their own chairs. Refreshments will be served after the event.