Passion for Judas? Organisers need to cast key role

The Rev Gail Souppouris at the Church of the Good Shepherd
The Rev Gail Souppouris at the Church of the Good Shepherd

PLANS for a three-day, open-air production, A Passion for Shoreham, are hotting up – but the key role of Judas still needs to be filled.

The free event is a throw back to the Mediaeval mystery plays that used to process down Shoreham High Street.

Taking place from June 14-16, it will cover the whole of Jesus’s life over the three days, from Annunciation to Resurrection, in three different locations around Shoreham and Shoreham Beach.

Vicar Gail Souppouris, from the Church of the Good Shepherd, said: “There has been a wonderful sense of drawing close to friends and neighbours in the other churches in Shoreham and Southwick as a result of this, and it’s great that we’re also pulling in some who simply enjoy acting but who have no particular Christian faith or affiliation.

“There has been wholehearted support from all the churches, and in May, Shoreham Churches Together will be organising a Prayer Walk all around the town, and will be praying, among other things, for A Passion for Shoreham.”

A taster of some of the meditations from the drama will be shown on Good Friday in the churchyard of St Mary’s.

The event is now registered as part of the Adur Festival and rehearsals are taking place on Sundays in the Church of the Good Shepherd hall. Nearly all the speaking parts are now cast – except Judas, but stewards and non-speaking crowd parts also need to be filled.

Gail added: “Although we’re doing the whole thing on a shoestring, there are still costs involved, so other fund-raising is taking place around the town, and on the day we will be rattling buckets in the hope that those who’ve enjoyed the performances will feel that it was worth a ticket price of some sort.”

They are hoping to cover the £1,000 starter loan, and raise money for three good causes, too.

For more details, visit www.apassionforshoreham.org.uk