The History of Leith

January 18, 2008

The Easter Play 2008

Saturday 22nd March at 2.30pm, finishing approx. 5pm. at West Princess Street Gardens.

What is the Background of the Play?

Mystery plays have traditionally been performed for centuries around the World. In many cities they continue to be performed and are attended and enjoyed by thousands of people. it is wonderful to still be presenting this play which is the “greatest story of all time”. In the tradition of mystery plays, this play is an open air promenade performance which means that the audience move with the actors to each scene. The play progresses through different locations within West Princes Street Gardens.

What ‘s the Story?

The play starts in the middle of the story of Jesus. He is 33 years old, and has been moving around Israel teaching, healing and performing miracles as he goes. Crowds of thousands of people follow him to listen and learn. His is a radical teaching – a sweeping away of the old laws and an introduction of a new way of thinking which angers the Establishment. As the play progresses, we see the tension mount and plans unfold to destroy Jesus and his work. Always aware of his task on earth and the outcome, Jesus carries on teaching despite growing opposition. We see him with his Disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane where Jesus must choose life or death; see him before the Priests of the time, then before Pilate.

Entrance is free and there will be designated seating areas at each scene for the disabled.
For more information see www.easterplay.org/

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