The Steering Group:
The Steering Group meets monthly and is the main decision making body for this event. There are currently 8 people in the group representing several churches in Edinburgh.
Board of Trustees:
The Board of Trustees has public and financial liability for the project, and it is through this body that the project gains charity status.
There are four members of the Board of Trustees: Michael Frew, John Henderson, Joan Mackel, David MacLennan.
Suzanne Lofthus – Artistic Director
Joanna Kennedy – Stage Manager
A team of people will be working on the project, representing a broad cross-section of churches from the Edinburgh area. All sort of gifts and skills will be utilised: script writing, IT, cross design & construction, costume co-ordination, legal advice, floral art, and many more.
- Produce a play that commemorates Easter from a Christian perspective.
- Provide a Community play that is easily accessible and free of charge to citizens of Edinburgh, whatever their belief or none.
- Assist church unity by creating a forum for Christians from all denominations to join together in the production and participation of the event.
Mystery plays have traditionally been performed for centuries around the World. In many cities they continue to be performed and are attended and enjoyed by thousands of people.
In a city such as Edinburgh with its reputation for celebration of Arts and Culture throughout the year, it was felt that Easter remained a time when there are few events. An outdoor play commemorating the Passion of Christ was thought to be a suitable and exciting project that would appeal to both the Christian and wider community.
Discussion between individuals resulted in the coming together of 9 people to form a steering group representing 5 churches in Edinburgh. Easter 2005 saw the first performance of the play and a great success. Around 150 volunteers from across Edinburgh were involved from a huge cross section of the public, including people from over 30 churches.
The Play was performed from 2005 to 2010, and after a break of two years, these productions followed :-
2013 – “Crosswords”
2014 – “The Edinburgh Passion” by Rob Drummond
2015 – “On The Edge” by Susan Mansfield
In 2017 “The Edinburgh Easter Play” has been written by Kamala Santos