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“, a series of monologues by a variety of writers, exploring different characters in the Easter story
2014 – “The Edinburgh Passion” by Rob Drummond, a radical contemporary version of the story, set in present day Scotland
2015 – “On The Edge” by Susan Mansfield, a promenade production featuring monologues from characters on the Fringes if the story.
2017 – The Edinburgh Easter Play” by Kamala Santos, a large-scale traditional Passion Play performed in full costume
2018 – The Edinburgh Easter Play – new version of the story created by the director and cast