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Independence twist for Edinburgh’s Passion Play

Princes Street Gardens will host free April 19 production that tells the story of Easter in modern-day Scotland on the eve of a referendum


This Easter, Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh will become the stage for a radical contemporary retelling of the Easter story. The Edinburgh Passion, by award-winning playwright Rob Drummond, will be performed on Saturday April 19 at 2pm against the backdrop of Edinburgh Castle.

The hard-hitting new script sets the story of the last days of Jesus in modern-day Scotland on the eve of a referendum.

Jesus finds himself in the midst of a turbulent political situation, where Minister Herod and his ruthless spin-doctor Jane McKayfus are campaigning to hold on to power and maintain the status quo.

The Edinburgh Passion is a large-scale community production, and the majority of cast and crew are volunteers. In previous years, crowds of up to 4,500 have flocked to Princes Street Gardens to see a traditional play and it is hoped the new contemporary version could attract another big crowd.

Director Suzanne Lofthus believes that the contemporary retelling goes straight to the heart of the story.

“If people think something is about religion, they are very quick to dismiss it,” she said. “In the play, Jesus says: ‘I’m not here to talk about religion, I’m here to talk about God.’

The play’s writer Rob Drummond said the modern elements of the play were influenced by the original source material.




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