With the revival of the tradition in medieval mystery ways many communities across the UK and beyond have scriptedand performed their own versions of accounts from the Gospels.
Activity 1 Investigate how theatre companies have interpreted scripture
Consider how effectively Theatre companies have taken both Gospel accounts and current values and issues, as inspiration for producing powerful theatre.
Case Study: Riding Lights Theatre Company, formed forty years ago, is based in York.
Their aim is as a company is:
“to create unforgettable, entertaining theatre in response to current issues and the hopes and fears of the world we share. While the company’s roots are in a Christian ethos, our work is open to everyone, using faith as a springboard to explore all aspects of life” …
READ An interview with Bridget Foreman, play write for Riding Lights.
Activity 2 Explore the impact of passion plays in prisons internationally
LISTEN to an interview with Suzanne Loftus, who has worked with passion plays in prisons: Audio recording here: https://passiontrust.org/2017/passion-plays-in-prisons-bbc-interview-2017/