Christ in the Concrete City performed for Easter
A Passion Play with a difference is being performed in St Mary’s Church, Whimple. The four performances of Christ in the Concrete City by Community Theatre 4All are taking place on 24-28 March, with all performances at 7.30pm, apart from Sunday when it’s at 3pm.
Described by A. Edyvean in his book His Dramatic World as ‘the most significant passion play of our time,’ it was written in post Second World War Great Britain.
Director of Community Theatre 4All Tom Samson explains that the play was written by his uncle “in the early 1950s while living and working as a young curate in the depressed inner-city conditions of a very run-down parish in Leeds.” Tom’s uncle went on to write children’s novels, winning a Carnegie Award for children’s literature in 1965.
Tom is keen to stress that the play has not lost its ‘modern relevance’ and in 1983 his uncle also re-wrote some parts to “update the language and references.” He said the fact that the play is still relevant today is due to “our failings as a society, failings that are ruthlessly exposed in this play and secondly, the sheer quality of the writing.”
Tickets cost £8 and are available by calling 07979 876211.
See poster for details.