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The Lewes Passion Play presents the greatest dramatic events the world has ever seen-in the streets and gardens of our historic town.
What is a Passion Play?
Passion Plays have been in existence for hundreds of years. They are a dramatic presentation depicting the Passion of Jesus Christ. The plays, were highly popular in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. The longest running currently-performed Passion play is the Oberammergau Passion Play, which has been performed since 1634, every 10 years, by the inhabitants of the village of Oberammergau in Bavaria, Germany. Churches Together in Lewes in 2000 wanted to mark Christian unity through a Millennium project and together it was agreed to bring the story of Christ's Passion to the people. Each church re-enacted a section of the Holy Week story in the town and from this the united, five yearly ecumenical Lewes Passion Play evolved.
As a large scale arts project, the Lewes Passion Play draws in the whole community in drama, music and other arts activities. Those involved make connections and develop relationships, fostering a cohesive community and strengthened social bonds that both nurture the town and result in self-sustaining Passion Play projects. We have enjoyed and are much appreciative of all support received from local councils, youth groups, churches and arts organisations. We are now looking forward to working with the community in the development, production and promotion of the next 2025 Passion Play.
Anyone may come
Lewes Passion Play welcomes the skilled professional and shy amateur alike. There is something for everyone to do, from local celebrity to those who may otherwise feel unheard, unseen and marginalised, from the employed to the unemployed, from the home owner to the homeless. Anyone may join in and contribute.
Passion Plays encourage churches of different denominations to focus together on the importance of the Gospel and the certainty of Jesus Christ. People from within the churches are drawn together to share the 'greatest story ever told', bringing the story of Jesus out of the churches and onto the streets.