Why hundreds of people gathered in city for 'intriguing' outdoor spectacle
- Credit: Kate Wolstenholme
Audiences stood open-mouthed as they watched a dramatic retelling of the crucifixion of Christ, depicted in the centre of Norwich.
Saltmine Theatre Company in partnership with charity Celebrate Norfolk and Norwich churches, joined together to stage a performance of the Easter story.
The moving performance took place today at 11am with a further performance at 3pm, and began in Hay Hill before ending inside St Peter Mancroft Church.
Diana Fisher, from Wymondham, happened to spot the performance while out in the city.
The 51-year-old said: "It's interesting because they're modernising the story to make it relevant to people today.
"They've fleshed out the dialogue more in parts to try and convey the emotions of what they're thinking and feeling - it's intriguing."
Karl Wright, who lives in Sprowston, said: "I've been here from the beginning - it's a familiar story but done in an unexpected format - out in public for all to see.
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"I think it does people good to step out of our usual reason to visit the city, whether that's shopping or for food - this is a good way to get the message out."
The 80-minute play included 12 professional actors from Saltmine Theatre as well as around 40 actors, choir singers and band members from a number of different Norwich churches.
John Golding, 76, saw the Passion Play advertised in his local church paper, saying: "The actors are good and while it defers slightly from the original in a few ways, I'm enjoying it.
"The trouble is with the church is that not many visit or see what happens inside but this is outside for everyone to see and experience."
City-born actor Freddy Goymer returned to his hometown to take on the leading role of Jesus – an opportunity which both terrifies and inspires him.
He said prior to the play: "It is a big responsibility to play Jesus and bring a bit of who I know and believe the Son of God to be as the gospel story is very close to my heart.
"I hope I can convey the heart and message of Jesus through this performance."