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The Passion of Jesus, Trafalgar Square
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rakspatel wrote in mycroft_brolly

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Late on Thursday, I stated "This SOUNDS as though it will be AMAZING!". So how was it?

Raks's Reaction

To cut to the chase, I thought this was excellent. I went along to the noon performance, and enjoyed it immensely, and was completely blown away by it. As a result, I decided to blow out the film I had planned to see (and booked!) to stay on for the 3.15pm performance. Both times I was seated towards the front, right on the gangway, so that I was up close and personal to the action at the front, as well as being literally right in the thick of the action when the actors used the gangways (which they used often!).

The play told the whole story of the last few days of Jesus's life, starting from his entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, where he was welcomed by the people waving palm leaves. It ended with Jesus having Risen again, and having shown himself to Mary and his disciples, taking his leave of them for the last time.

As they were using the gangways a great deal, and actors were entering from all around the Square and marching/walking onto the stage at the front, the action was happening all around you, and you really felt like you were part of the performance. It was very engaging. And it was an immersive theatre experience - I love immersive theatre!

If it returns next year, I am recommending that everyone who missed it this year (and also in 2010 and 2011 when it was also on) prioritise this and come along!

Highly highly recommended.

Below I have TRIED to give a flavour of the action, using official images. I have taken a few photos of my own, one of which is beautiful, so I will put those up when I get a chance to download them.

Soldiers marching past
Photo credit: http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/LsVGvufPU59/Actors+Perform+Easter+Passion+Jesus+Trafalgar/

You really felt a part of the action as the soldiers marched straight past you, within touching distance.

Some of the priests, who manipulate the people and the Romans to secure Jesus's death
Photo credit:

The Last Supper
Photo credit: http://www.itv.com/news/2012-04-06/easter-story-played-out-in-trafalgar-square/

Jesus, after being flogged, with his placard "King of the Jews"
Photo credit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1379554/Crucifixion-recreated-Trafalgar-Square-Christians-mark-Good-Friday.html

Jesus carrying the Cross through the crowds
Photo credit: http://www.itv.com/news/2012-04-06/easter-story-played-out-in-trafalgar-square/

Roman Soldier "Come on, come on, get a move on! We haven't got all bloody day!"
They made someone from the audience carry the cross for a part of the way (a plant) and his wife ran after them shouting that she wanted him back!

Jesus being crucified on the Cross
Photo credit: http://framework.latimes.com/2012/04/06/the-week-in-pictures-78/

To watch Jesus carrying the cross right through the crowds, and then being nailed to it by the Roman soldiers, was excruciating. But it brought home to you the agony of being crucified, and the reality of what Jesus went through to redeem us.

Jesus, having Risen, making his way through the crowds before he leaves for the final time
Photo credit: http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/325117/20120407/biblical-good-friday-trafalgar-square-london-jesus.htm

Christ is Risen - Hallelujah!

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Looks an amazing event – powerful, harrowing, intense. We need to be reminded of this whether Christian or not. No matter what one believes there's no getting away from the fact of barbarity meted out by man to man and the realities of martyrdom.

I am glad that you said this.

It was an amazing event and, as you said, important for both Christians and non-Christians to know, and have an awareness of, the Easter story.

I had only intended to see it once. I stayed on for the second performance because it exceeded my expectations so much.

The crowd reaction was fantastic. People really got into the spirit. I have never seen such a positive crowd reaction to a drama piece outside of the Globe.

And Trafalgar Square was rammed; packed to the rafters.

It really was amazing. I just hope they can put it on again next year - fingers crossed.

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