“Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joses, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.” (Mark 15:41) The Edinburgh Easter Play is set to mark its tenth year with a radical new perspective on the Easter story. Scripted by writer and journalist Susan Mansfield, this year’s performance casts the spotlight on some women and men in the margins of the Bible, as the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection is seen through the eyes of the often overlooked characters around him. Through dramatic monologues and inventive storytelling, the twelve central characters will offer audiences a new and enlightening perspective on the Gospels in a contemporary spin on the traditional Easter Passion Play. Seen from the point of view of wives and daughters, soldiers and siblings, the play offers an idea of the way in which Jesus affected the lives of the ordinary people around him. First staged in 2005, the Edinburgh Easter Play has grown into a large-scale community production, with a cast and crew of volunteers drawn from groups all across the city. Last year’s performance of Rob Drummond’s Edinburgh Passion drew crowds of up to 2500 people to the centre of the city, one of the largest audiences the production has enjoyed in its ten year history. The free, open-air performance will take place in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens on Saturday 4th April at 2.00pm.