Newsletter – January 2015

Edinburgh’s Easter Play 2015 – 4 April 2015 at 2.00pm

“The full story of Christmas won’t be known until Easter”. So said a former Governor of the Bank of England, perhaps1285DSC_3326 expressing a truth deeper than he knew; he thought he was only talking about the economy. Christmas 2014 is now past, with its celebration of the birth of our Saviour and Easter Play supporters can look forward to another performance on Easter Saturday. So the full story of Christmas will be known in dramatic form. This is the tenth year – yes the tenth year! – since the very first Passion Play in Princes Street Gardens in 2005 and we hope for another bumper occasion.
We’ve been fortunate to secure Susan Mansfield as scriptwriter. She’s preparing a dramatic retelling of the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection from the viewpoint of some less well-known characters from the Gospels. With a combination of dialogue and monologue they will ask: who is Jesus? why did he have to die in the way he did? has he really risen again?

How to get involved
Rehearsals for cast members begin on Thursday 15 January, once again in St John’s Episcopal Church, Lothian Road. Just turn up on the night or contact Suzanne Lofthus (producer and director)
There are many other ways to get involved too – construction, stewarding, sound crew, catering. Email and tell us what you’d like to do

Here’s a note of all the Steering Group members (They’re the people who make it all happen)
Suzanne Lofthus (chair and producer/director)
Neil Bain (chief steward)
Joe Blythe (PR)
Paul Deponio (sound)
Mike Frew (deputy chair)
Elise Kornaherns (catering)
David Maclennan (applications)
Marie McCubbin (church liaison)
Gordon Pennykid (construction)
Do pray for them as they carry out their key tasks

Thanks, God Bless and Welcome
There’s also a group of trustees (they’re the people responsible for the legal stuff, strategic planning and fundraising). Susan Kidston our treasurer has decided to step down. Thanks, Susan, for all your work! At the same time we welcome a new trustee in Hannah Beaton, who – along with her family – has been a supporter of the Play for many years and brings many skills with her to the work of the trustees. Welcome, Hannah!
The news is good. Thanks to God and generous amounts from a number of grant-giving bodies, we’ve been able to secure sufficient funding for the 2015 performance. In order to secure the project in the longer term, however, we could really do with a lot more in the way of regular individual donations. Would you consider setting up a standing order? If so, contact for more information. Thanks