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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.

Preston Passion Play 2017 This new play is a totally contemporary production covering the final days of Jesus of Nazareth from Palm Sunday onwards. Cast have been captivated by the fresh approach. Jesus cannot arrive on a donkey! And what he says and does in today’s  language has a new impact. Beginning in Winckley Square Gardens, the Way of the Cross will follow Fishergate finishing  with players on the steps of the Harris Museum. Duration: approximately one and a half hours. The whole performance is accompanied by Preston Concert Band with other musicians, and a specially formed choir, currently practising in three areas of Preston.

Already around 140 people are involved, among them professional performers in this, the second in a 5 yearly cycle of events following the Preston Passion in Preston Guild 2012. Grateful thanks to the Passion Trust for abundant assistance. Further details may be obtained from: prestonpassionplay@gmail.com Facebook: Preston Passion Play. 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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