A meditation on Holy Week and the Passion of Christ – in a UK shopping centre

Filed in Arts by on April 7, 2014 0 Comments

In 2013, Ten Ten Theatre – the Catholic professional theatre company – staged a Passion Play based on the Stations of the Cross involving over 250 people from the local churches and schools in Runcorn and Frodsham, in the North-West of England. The final performance took place in the town’s main shopping centre on Holy Saturday.  It was a profound and moving experience for those who took part and for those who saw the event.

One year on, we would like to share this experience with you.

Starting on Palm Sunday, and continuing throughout Holy Week, we will send out daily emails with prayers written by the people of Runcorn, inspired by the Stations of the Cross.  Please encourage your friends, communities, parishes and networks to sign up to our special mailing list to receive this very special way of preparing for Easter.  We will also make a film of the entire performance of The Runcorn Passion available online for one week only throughout Holy Week.

Before then, please may I encourage you to spend 15 minutes watching this short film we have created which tells the story of The Runcorn Passion: A Celebration of Faith, and a Celebration of Community.

Thank you for your time.  We look forward to sharing the journey of Holy Week with you.

Kind regards,

Martin O’Brien

Artistic Director, Ten Ten Theatre

WATCH our documentary telling the story of The Runcorn Passion (15 mins)

READ an article about The Runcorn Passion in The Catholic Times

SIGN UP to the Holy Week emails

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Martin O'Brien

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Martin O'Brien is the founder and Artistic Director of Ten Ten Theatre. Starting his working life as a professional actor, Martin performed in the West End (Blood Brothers) and at the National Theatre (twice) as well as appearing in many TV dramas throughout the 1990’s. He then developed a second career as a writer, winning the BBC Northern Exposure Award for his play “On Eagles Wings” and writing for the BBC One drama “Doctors” and numerous radio plays. He founded Ten Ten Theatre – a professional theatre company with an underlying Christian ethos rooted in the Catholic tradition - with his sister Clare in 2007. Since that time, Ten Ten has developed a wide-ranging programme in drama-based Relationship Education in primary schools, secondary schools and parishes, currently working with over 80,000 children and young people every year. The company has also won awards for its work with young offender institutions and has more recently moved into mainstream theatre productions, starting with the sell-out production of “Kolbe’s Gift” at the off-West End venue, The Leicester Square Theatre, in October 2013. When not working, Martin tries (and sometimes, just sometimes, succeeds) to beat his 12-year-old nephew on Fifa… www.tententheatre.co.uk

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