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Theatre passion play available for Lent bookings

Riding Lights Theatre Company is touring a new Passion Play next year which is available for churches and cathedrals to secure a performance for Lent ...

Riding Lights Theatre Company is touring a new Passion Play next year which is available for churches and cathedrals to secure a performance for Lent.

The narrative at the heart of Inheritance by Bridget Foreman was commissioned by Margaret Sentamu and Jane Williams for performance at the 2008 Lambeth Conference, where it opened the plenary session for bishops and their spouses.

The play wove together a number of stories from the gospels, exploring in particular some of Jesus’ encounters with women. It was extremely well received and clearly moved and challenged many in this particularly cross-cultural audience.

Inheritance holds on to this original narrative, but re-examines it in the shadow of the Cross which falls on the lives of men and women alike. It asks its audience to take a dramatic journey into Christ’s Passion, through the experience of women whose suffering He connects with most intimately, as well as through the character of Jairus, whose commitment to law and tradition stands in opposition to the example of Jesus.

While revisiting and developing the script, author Bridget Foreman commented: “Although the story that Inheritance tells is rooted firmly in biblical times, the themes speak into our lives today: not just eternal themes such as grace and compassion, but specific issues of how we build a Kingdom of Heaven which is radical and inclusive for both men and women. Wherever we stand, the Easter story tells us that nothing is impossible – and that we should expect transformation.”

Inheritance is more than a play to be performed for an audience; it is also a communal experience of theatre and worship. The performance is structured to ensure that the audience has the time and opportunity to reflect on Christ’s Passion and, finally, to make their own response at the foot of the Cross.

The development of the piece and the tour of Inheritance are being supported by Margaret Sentamu, who shares Riding Lights Theatre Company’s vision for bringing this Passion Play to a broad and diverse audience in 2014. 

Inheritance is touring from 13 March-19 April 2014

For more information or to book a performance of Inheritance for your church or cathedral, please contact Amanda Mackey at or via the office line on 01904 655317. More at

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