Newsletter – April 2014

From the Director’s Chair

Suzanne Lofthus, Director writes, “Working on this year’s Easter Play has been both challenging and inspiring. I initially commissioned Rob Drummond to write a modern version of the Passion Play in 2010 for Glasgow which was a mammoth undertaking in George Square. I was delighted when The Easter Play Trust asked me to take on this play again and work with Rob on changes to update it in 2014, a very significant year for Scotland. We have chosen to set it 20 years in the future, post referendum where society is breaking down and things have not improved in the nation. Jesus appears in a broken nation, a place where corruption and violence are commonplace and people are searching for truth. The premise is ‘if Jesus was to come to our nation in the 21st century, what would he do?’ We forget that Jesus’ teaching is incredibly radical, taking the good news out and about, to everyone who needed to hear it. I find it personally challenging – what am I doing to take his message out there? Who do I reach out to?

“I’ve been so impressed with the community company once more who have risen to the challenge and dedicated so much time and effort to bringing this story to life once again! What a privilege to work with them and to bring this story to the city centre and beyond!”

Get praying

Don’t forget to pray! The next prayer meeting is at 7.45pm on Monday 7 April, 40 York Place (a property of St Paul’s & St George’s). Joan Mackel, our prayer co-ordinator, has challenged Easter Play supporters to pray daily for the production right up until 19 April. Could you do that?


The Performance

Don’t miss this year’s Easter Play, The Edinburgh Passion. 2.00pm on Saturday 19 April in West Princes Street Gardens.

The Edinburgh version of the script is new, but the highly effective team of Suzanne Lofthus (director), Duncan Rennie (Jesus) and Joanna Kennedy (stage manager) have teamed up once again with volunteer actors, stewards, construction team, caterers and many others to bring us this exciting production. Our aim as always is to bring into reality our motto: “Christ in the heart of the city at Easter”. We hope to reach passers-by, tourists, Edinburgh residents and others, many of whom may not hear the story of Jesus in any other way. There will be an Information Tent, well-stocked with Gospels to give to people who want to read the story for themselves.

So do come, and invite friends and family members to join you


Thanksgiving and AGM

Tuesday 27 May in Elim Church, Holy Corner

6.30pm Light Buffet

7,00pm AGM

7,30pm Thanksgiving Service

Everyone invited


It’s easy to donate

We are well on the way to meeting the budget for The Edinburgh Passion. But there are a number of ways you can contribute much needed funds.

Our JustGiving page, OR

You can donate by text message: Text EPLY14 to 70070 to donate (whole £s only), OR

You can send us a cheque or set up a standing order (use the office address below), OR

For the first time this year, stewards will have buckets for donations as the audience leave the Gardens.

Many thanks for your gifts!

Our postal adddress is:
Princes St. Easter Play Trust
c/o Gillis Centre
100 Strathearn Road
Edinburgh EH9 1BB