Services in April
14th April 1pm Baptism Service - Edward Johnsen
17th April 8pm Compline
21st April 11.00am Holy Communion - Janice Murray
FIRST CARLISLE PASSION PLAY
The first Carlisle Passion Play is to be performed in the open air outside the Old Town Hall on Saturday 13 April at 11am and 2pm. The writer is John Davies who runs Classic Theatre Cumbria. There will be music too - from Renaissance musicians, Philip Gruar and Elizabeth Dodd, to the Salvation Army Band, Susan Jordan (soprano), and the Taize Choir. Avril Tisdall the Music Co-ordinator and her husband, Ian, are 'rounding up' individual singers to make this production, as they say, ‘unforgettable’.
To stage a Christian Passion Play in Carlisle was the idea of a man born in Pakistan, the Revd Isaac Lawrence - Vicar of Scotby & Cotehill. “The Passion Play is such a powerful way in which the story of Christ’s trial, death and resurrection can be told”.
The age and experience range of actors is wide, from 13 year-old Jack McBride- Utting from Stockdalewath and Caldew School, Dalston, who is also part of the Keswick Youth Drama group to Paul Faris, who has recently moved to Carlisle from Edinburgh where he performed in their Passion Play in Princes Street Gardens for 20 years. A former Mayor of Carlisle and present city councillor, Steve Layden, will play Pontius Pilate.
It will be the first public open air pageant to be staged in Carlisle since that based on the history of the Borders held to mark the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in 1977.
Carlisle City Council granted permission to stage the play outside the Old Town Hall but the £15,000 cost has been met by donations and grants