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DURBAN PASSION PLAY 2000 (article first published : 2000-03-5)

Every five years since 1952, the powerful story of the betrayal, trial, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus has been portrayed by the Durban Catholic Players Guild in the Durban Passion Play. Last staged in 1997, when it was moved from the Durban City Hall to the Playhouse, the play is a unique expression of Christian faith which this year celebrates 2 000 years since the birth of Christ.

The Durban Catholic Players Guild is privileged to be the only organisation in the world to have been granted permission to base their script and costumes on those of the Bavarian Passion Play of Oberammergau. Over the years, the script has been adapted and abridged to ensure accessibility to contemporary audiences. With its Passion Play 2000 campaign, the Guild is amending its production sequence so that every second season of the Durban play will run concurrently with the Oberammergau version.

Involving a cast and crew of over 200, including Derrick O’Toole and Robin Paul alternating in the role of Christus, Anita Lavoipierre as the Madonna, Michael Ribeiro as Pontius Pilate and Dominic Sandiah as Judas, the play is expected to draw thousands of people to Durban from all over Africa and beyond.

Durban Passion Play runs in the Playhouse Drama Theatre from April 1 to 23. Performances are Tuesday to Sunday at 19h00 with matinees on Saturdays and Sundays at 15h00 and an extra Good Friday (April 21) performance at 10h00 and 15h00.

Tickets R15 to R40 with discounts for block bookings of 10% (20 or more tickets) or 20% (50 or more tickets). Entire performances, for fundraising purposes, only R11 600. Book at Computicket or, for credit card bookings, Dial-A-Seat on (031) 369-9444 or call TicketLine on (031) 304-2753. For block bookings and entire performances, call Mala on (031) 369-9448.




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