About Passion Plays

Passion Plays evolved from the Church in Medieval times.  These were used as a means to communicate the Gospel to the general public and were generally known as Mystery Plays, telling the Bible stories from Genesis onwards.  This was done mainly to communicate the "word" in the vanacular as the Bible was still written in Latin and was therefore restricted to the few who could read and read Latin.  The general population were effectively excluded from God's Word.  Even today more than half the world’s 6,912 languages still wait for even one book of the Bible. The Bible Society are presently involved in more than 550 translation and retranslation projects.

As the success of the plays increased, the Church gave responsibility to the local tradesmen to produce the plays and people such as the Fishmongers took on sections like the Feeding of the 5000 and the Shipbuilders took on the Flood! Very creative producing!

The plays then began to take on an educational stream and began to introduce moral teaching, becoming known as Morality Plays and so Theatre in Education was born.

However, there has become a tradition now a days of depicting the arrest, trial and cruxifiction of Jesus Christ on Good Friday at Easter.  Some re-enact the story from the Last Supper to the Reserrection.

The Oberammergau passion play is probably one of the most famous productions.