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A modern retelling of the story of Jesus’ last days, is to be staged on the Town Hall Steps in Bolton Town Centre.

Preparations are underway for a return of the 2011 “Passion for Bolton” drama, which depicted the last days of the life of Jesus in the bible. Geoff Millard, who is the artistic director says “We are presenting the story in a different format this time and the entire experience will be lifted by a large live choir.”  The choir will perform throughout the production, with two large screens visually enhancing the performance.

The Passion Play is for the general passing public in the town and is a free event.  It is intended for people of all ages and faiths or none. The audience will get to play the crowd who tried Jesus on the day of his death.

The Project Manager Caroline Wyke said,  that there are “many partnership in the town, that have been formed to make this event possible, for example the council, the town centre chaplaincy  and Bolton Interfaith Council, along with Bolton Christian community cohesion and many churches working together.”

Create Bolton is another partner, who have been supporting  Passion for Bolton.  They have been running an art competition in several schoolPassion for Bolton Flyer side As called “Fresh Hope, New Life”, which the Easter story represents.  The competition will be judged by our patrons, core team and interfaith representatives. The top winner will receive an art workshop for their school and the  final 24  winning pieces will be featured in an exhibition in the Bolton shopping centre’s called  a“ Passion arts trail,” in the 3 weeks before Easter- starting at the Market Place.

Passion for Bolton is a project that brings the Bolton local church family from across the denominations of the Christian faith, to work with partners, on a range of local activities that celebrate Christian faith and its festivals. Passion for Bolton began at Easter 2011 with a Passion Play on Victoria square attracting over 3000 people.

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