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Sussex arts project that fed 5000 on Brighton beach seeks supporters

A non-profit community arts project in Sussex that brings Bible stories to life in public places is inviting the public to get more involved ...

Soul by the Sea, the not for profit community arts project in Brighton that involves whole communities and builds relationships between different groups, is launching Friends of Soul by the Sea, an invitation to support and be involved in the work of one of Sussex’s most exciting and expanding ventures.

The project is behind productions such as the annual Passion of Christ, the largest free outdoor play in Sussex, the Christmas Nativity and the Feeding of the 5,000 on Brighton beach. They encourage volunteer cast and crew from a range of backgrounds and communities to recreate performances of some of the world’s most recognised stories to a live audience.

Supported by local MPs, the council and press, Soul by the Sea use Biblical text and spend months preparing and rehearsing with their volunteers. This educates, develops confidence and unearths untapped talent amongst those who often have no prior experience or belief in their own ability.

Launched in 2006, Soul by the Sea has had more than 160 cast and 50 crew involved in its inclusive productions, from six continents and speaking 15 languages. The experience is often life-changing for many involved.

In order to encourage interest in these events and to keep them free or at minimal cost to the public, Soul by the Sea is encouraging individuals to become Friends of Soul by the Sea. This initiative will ensure the project’s continued expansion, guarantee their positive message continues in Sussex and nationwide, involve even wider and more diverse communities and enable the design of bigger and better life-changing performances.

Jon Bebb, Chairman of Soul by the Sea, says: “Soul by the Sea provides an opportunity for individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to learn and gain confidence in the dramatic arts using Biblical scripture. Rehearsals led by a professional director help to create high quality productions as well as fun and friendships. We want to provide a lasting legacy that will impact communities, and the generosity of the Friends of Soul by the Sea will help us achieve this more effectively.”

As well as theatrical productions, Soul by the Sea also hosts free drama workshops for volunteers that want to find out more. Creative Director James Burke-Dunsmore leads these workshops which help build towards future productions, Street Theatre projects and touring Roadshows.

Soul by the Sea is part of the Registered Charity the Passion Trust, and through their work also proudly supports other local and international charities.

To find out more about becoming a Friend of Soul by the Sea, go to



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