Hereford Cathedral is looking for actors ahead of staging its own production of The Passion in spring 2024.
The production will be directed by the Rev Canon Chancellor James Pacey, who joined the Cathedral in June and, thanks to his background in theatre, has previously directed productions of the religious story in Newark, Cambridge, Nottingham and the cathedral church of Southwell Minster.
Before rehearsals can begin in January, James is looking for local people to join the cast and crew. Details to register interest for informal auditions can be found at www.herefordcathedral.org/hereford-passion-auditions.
The Passion tells the story of Jesus Christ's final days and Passion plays have a long history as a part of Lent in Christian faith. Public performances were a regular occurance from the 14th century to the 16th century. That stopped when all theatre was banned by Parliament in 1642, but a modern revival of Passion Plays began with the revival of the York Mystery Plays in 1951 as part of the Festival of Britain.
Revd Canon Chancellor James Pacey said: “I’m really looking forward to bringing the Passion to Hereford. Previous productions have been wonderful experiences and performing this epic story within the beautiful and historic architecture of Hereford Cathedral is a dream come true."
“This production will be a real coming together of the community and we are looking for anyone with a passion for theatre and a commitment to help us share this story. Whether you worship at the cathedral daily, or have never walked through the doors before, we’d welcome you to come to our informal audition/information evening to find out how to join in. Whilst experience of performing is helpful, it is not essential - do get in touch if you’d like to know more.”
The Hereford Passion will be performed in the nave of Hereford Cathedral on Friday 8th and Saturday 9th March 2024. Tickets are available now from the cathedral website.
📸: The Hereford Passion by Caroline Potter, Hereford Cathedral