A CLASSIC Easter tale was given a ultra-modern twist.
Silence fell across Alresford as the dramatic presentation of The Passion Play was performed before 300 people to re-tell the story of Jesus’s last days.
Rather unusually, the role of Jesus was played by Richard Paget dressed in jeans and a T-shirt for his moment with Pontius Pilate while a news reporter and camera-man fed the story of His last moments to a heckling crowd.
The story was relayed through loud speakers in Broad Street and had an obvious effect on those who had turned out as they watched the moment that Jesus was nailed to a cross.
Crowds gather in Alresford to watch The Passion Play
Director Rosie Waring-Green said the team – made up of singers, actors and dancers – had been rehearsing for about five weeks. It is the third time the play has been performed in the town but last shown ten years ago.
“I think it’s gone brilliantly,” she said. “It’s probably the best one we did. It was very moving and very emotional. At the end no one wanted to move they were so captivated by the story.”