Large Scale Passion Play Planned for Holy Week 2019, and Saltmine Theatre Company need your Church’s Help

October 24th, 2018

Saltmine Theatre Company are planning “visceral, dynamic, moving and celebratory” retelling of the Easter story on Tuesday 16th, Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th April 2019. The Passion Play will be comprised of a main cast of professional actors from Saltmine alongside a large cast of community actors and musicians from all over Birmingham.

The production, which is planned to start inside Grand Central station, will move outside to the square in front of Smallbrook Queensway, then along New Street to Victoria Square before reaching its climax in the grounds of Birmingham Cathedral and finally ending inside the Cathedral itself.

Involving live music, spoken word, striking imagery and dramatic storytelling, this production will be a contemporary retelling of the moments that led up to the crucifixion of Jesus. With a multi-generational cast taking us on an extraordinary journey through the streets of the city, Saltmine hope there will be something unexpected around every corner.

Saltmine are aiming to secure a comprehensive technical design for the piece to insure the Passion Play is of the highest professional standard. As such, they are seeking funding of £70k from various sources including trusts, churches and businesses to help cover the running costs of the production and event.  They have already secured a start up grant from The Passion Trust, but are also seeking 30 churches to sponsor the event by £500, along with Trusts and Businesses. They will also need an army of helpers, actors, musicians and significant prayer support!

Their vision is for this to be a big missional partnership event with churches and organizations in Birmingham and surrounding area with the hope to communicate the Good News of Jesus to every individual, regardless of age, race, faith and background who encounters the production.

To find out more about getting your church, business or organisation involved, contact Rachael Orrell at or on 01384 454800.

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