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Passion In Government House Gardens

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A passionately modern take on Easter
Of all the celebrations in the Christian Calendar, none is more holy than that of Easter. It is the whole reason we even have a calendar. The requirement to set the date of Easter caused Pope Gregory to have the Gregorian calendar created.

Passion, Government House, Tony Nicholls, Christ, Easter

The 'Mystery Plays' of the Middle Ages were often a representation of the Passion of Christ, and the village of Oberammergau prayed that if they were spared Black Death, they would perform a Passion Play every ten years. Since 1634 they have done so.

The Anglican Diocese of Perth, the Heads of Churches (WA) and the City of Perth have combined to produce two free performances of The Passion of Christ 2014, a play written by well-known West Australian playwright, Tony Nicholls.

[ADVERT]The play gives the Passion a contemporary slant centring on Gary, a young man on the run.

The performances are narrated by TV personality Rick Arden, and feature James Hagan with Tim Bowles, Mark Desebrock, Mackenzie Dunn, Justin Freind, Rick Hearder, Erin Hutchinson, Dene Irvin, Tyler Jacob Jones, Ben Thomas and members of Red Foot Theatre Company with a community chorus.

It is directed by the Cathedral's Drama Consultant, Anthony Howes assisted by Timothy Bowles. Musical Direction is by Tim How.

The two performances are on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th April in the Government House Gardens (by gracious permission of His Excellency the Governor) with the gates opening at 6:45pm for the 7:30pm performance

As the performances are free, booking is essential and bookings may be made on TryBooking.

Prior to the performance, there is an opportunity for patrons to practise some quiet reflection at St George's Cathedral and on Sunday 13 April, 5pm there is a Service of Passiontide Music and Readings in St George's Cathedral, with clergy available for discussions about the play and its meaning.

Passion, Government House, Tony Nicholls, Christ, Easter
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Why? Tradition has been given a wholly contemporary edge as a way to celebrate Easter
When: 6:45pm
Phone: 9325 5766
Where: Government House Gardens, St Georges Tce, Perth
Cost: Free
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