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Norwich Passion Play postponed from Easter 2021 

The Passion Play, set to be performed in Norwich city centre on Easter Saturday 2021, has been postponed due to the Covid-19 uncertainty and restrictions, but the team behind it is fully committed to a future date.

Celebrate Norfolk is co-ordinating a bid to bring well-known professional Christian theatre company Saltmine to perform a Passion Play in Norwich and some funds towards the costs have already been donated.
 
But because of the current uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic and public health restrictions, an Easter 2021 date is now not considered possible.
 
“Celebrate Norfolk is still committed to the exciting opportunity to promote the message of the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus on the streets of Norwich,” said Celebrate chair of trustees, Keith Morris. “But we need to be sure it is safe to do so from a public health point of view, as we need the full support of both local churches and the community to stage it successfully.
 
“We are now exploring two future options - in September 2021 and Easter 2022 - to see what is both possible and will have the widest support.”
 
Saltmine produced and performed a Passion Play in Birmingham city centre in 2019, which attracted audiences of several thousand people.

Click here to see video of Birmingham Passion Play 2019

Rachael Orrell, Chief Executive of the Saltmine Trust, said: “Seeing people engaged and transfixed by the modern interpretation of Jesus’ story to the cross and resurrection is something I will never forget.”

Celebrate project director, John Betts, said: “A performance of the Passion of Jesus on the streets of Norwich for all to experience for free could have a big impact on our city in many ways.

“We hope this exciting project can include contributions from many Norwich churches, Christian ministries  and individuals and we would be really pleased to talk to anyone who shares our vision for such an ambitious event.”

Rev Canon Madeline Light from St Stephens, who has hosted Saltmine several times in her church, said: “They are such a great bunch to work with and their involvement would bring a real professionalism and quality to a Norwich production.”

If you, your church, or ministry are interested in getting involved in the project, by taking part, helping with tasks on the day, praying or providing some of the finance which will be necessary, or ministering  to people who are impacted by the message of the cross on the day, please contact the team at Celebrate Norfolk.

To express your interest, please email your name and details to: passionplay@celebratenorfolk.co.uk

Keith Morris, 28/01/2021