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Preston Passion Play

A Life Worth Knowing will take place on 14 April 2017


A Life Worth Knowing is a Passion Play with aimg_5920 difference taking place in 2017. Following on from The Preston Passion, on BBC One, this is a contemporary version taking place on Good Friday, April 14th, 2017 at mid-day. 

Beginning in the newly refurbished Winckley Square with Palm Sunday, a Bank Holiday, the Way of the Cross will proceed up Fishergate to the Flag Market, where the Passion will be played out against a backdrop of the Harris Museum.



Canon Timothy Lipscomb, Vicar of Preston, will be taking the part of blind Bartimaeus, and the play has a professional Director, Anthea Carpenter Procter, and a professional  actor, Neil Procter, in the role of Jesus.

img_5923Players will be accompanied by Preston Concert Band, a symphonic wind band. Graham Hickey as Musical Director has been leading the band since 2002, and will be composing some of the music.

Around 50 participants have already signed up but there is plenty of room for many more cast, crew, and stage managers as well as singers and willing bystanders. This is community theatre and all are welcome.

The Preston Passion was last performed in 2012 and was screened on BBC One on Good Friday.



It was described as a ground-breaking live event marking Good Friday with a contemporary and ambitious exploration of the Passion story. A unique combination of spectacular mass participation performance and three original recorded dramas (starring Samantha Bond, Tom Ellis, Christine Bottomley, Pooky Quesnel, Ronald Pickup and Paul Barber) in moving stories based in Preston past and present, drawing on the enduring universal themes of the story of Christ’s condemnation and crucifixion.

Below the choreographer, Mark Murphy, Head of Drama, Hilary Martin, and Creative Director, Mike Smith, receive the RTS NW award for best live event 2012.

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