After an absence of three years, The Belper Passion returned to the streets and churches of Belper, attracting a capacity audience to St. Peter’s church on Good Friday.
The community event told the Easter story through 120 actors, musicians and singers.
The Belper Passion was a combination of drama and music, featuring a play by George Gunby, directed by Jannice Richthof, excerpts from ‘This Man Oratorio’ written by Derby based composer Anne De Waal and performed by the This Man Chorale.
A third component was the ‘Churches Flash Mob,’ led by Alex Lamb, that opened and closed proceedings.
The day began with the Walk Of Witness, led by a drummer and Roman soldiers. It was estimated that over 400 people made the walk along King Street and Green Lane before arriving at St. Peter’s Church.
“It was a privilege to see the Passion come together,” said writer and co-producer George Gunby.
“Everyone worked exceptionally hard over six months and the result was a triumph of community cooperation.”
Rev. Anne Stratton said: “The resurrection of Jesus brings peace, hope and forgiveness to all who trust and believe. So let’s not stop with a dramatic production but have the courage to meet with the risen Lord and let him change us.”
The Belper Passion
Written by George Gunby
Directed by Jannice Richthof
Music & Lyrics by Anne De Waal
Lighting Design by Jamie Vella
Sound Design by Duan De Waal
Produced by Churches Together In Belper and George Gunby
Supported by The Passion Trust
All images: Ashley Franklin