Good Friday morning 2017 saw a dramatic retelling of the Easter story in the centre of Tavistock. The free, open air, community play took place on Bedford Square, Guildhall car park and the churchyard. Between 1700 and 2000 people are thought to have been present, and the event was covered by BBC television and radio. The Mayor of Tavistock commented “Well done to all the cast and crew: what an absolutely fantastic performance. The realism and emotion felt was palpable.”
Steven Martin, producer, paid tribute to the skill and dedication of the many volunteers who took part on or off stage, and the way the community came together to help. Around 170 names of the cast, choir and crew are listed here and with yet more involved in some way, as outlined in the event programme .
The PCC is grateful to the organisations who have contributed to the costs of putting on this special event. These include: The Passion Trust • The Friends of St Eustachius’ Church • Tavistock Town Council • Tavistock Methodist Church • Abbey Chapel • King’s Community Church • Tavistock Area Christians Together • The Roman Catholic Church of Our Lady and Mary Magdalene, Tavistock • The Tavistock Lions • The Rotary Club of Tavistock • The Pasty House, West Street • Potter Baker Chartered Accountants, Bedford Square • Jewson Ltd., builders merchants • Palmers butchers • Cakes, Bakes ‘n’ Shakes • Day Lewis Pharmacy • Tavistock Hire Centre, Tavistock BID. Individual donations have also been much appreciated. This generosity ensured all costs were covered. Collections on the day were made for St Luke’s Hospice and the Mary Budding Trust.
A selection of photographs of the production can be found here. There is also an online gallery here. Copyright remains with the contributing photographers, but non-commercial use is permitted in ways compatible with the inclusive community spirit of this event.
Many thoughtful and heartfelt comments have been received thanking the production team and offering ideas for future developments. Further feedback is welcome: the production email is TavistockPP@gmail.com. The latest newsletter from the production team is here.