Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pageant Puts New Perspective on Crucifixion

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Pageant Puts New Perspective on Crucifixion

Article excerpt

IN the build-up to the revival of the Durham Mysteries in May, rehearsals are under way for a play which offers a North East take on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Tim Harrison's The Crucifixion is one of the 10 specially commissioned plays being performed across the city from May 27-29 to mark the return of the traditional mystery play cycle.

All are modern-day interpretations of familiar Bible stories, with local musician Harrison coming up with a Geordie twist to his.

He's produced the music and words for his visually dramatic, choreographed piece of theatre about the trial, suffering and death of Jesus, shown from the perspective of a North East boy drafted into the Roman Army.

He explains: "There are records that trade links between the North East of England and Rome were established in the time of Christ.

"The story runs from the perspective of the character of the young Geordie soldier drafted into the Roman Army who is reporting back to his superiors about his own involvement in Christ's passion, and how this profoundly changes his life."

The cast is made up of 16 to 20-year-olds from Gala Stage School, with Alex Frost-Younger, 16, in the role of Jesus.

Harrison says the story is presented through dance, mime and music. There's minimal text, weaving together scripture and original material.

And the music, inspired by contemporary jazz and classical, is THREE regional cinemas have been picked to join a selection across the country hosting a live broadcast of a London show. Tyneside Cinema, Boldon Cineworld and Middlesbrough Cineworld will screen Alan Bennett's "filthily funny" new play The Habit Of Art on April 22.

It will be broadcast live from the National Theatre at 6.45pm.

Directed by Nicholas Hytner, it looks at the unsettling desires of two men: Benjamin Britten, played by Alex Jennings, and WH Auden, played by Richard Griffiths. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.