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DURBAN PASSION PLAY 2005 (article first published : 2005-02-7)

The Durban Catholic Players Guild in association with the Playhouse Company presents the twelfth Durban Passion Play in the Playhouse Drama Theatre from March 5 to 27.

The first Passion Play in Durban was performed in 1952 when the Mayor and community of Oberammergau in Bavaria granted special permission to the Durban Catholic Players Guild to stage an abridged version of their world famous Passion Play.

What was first enacted in 1634 in Oberammergau was used in Durban as a means of celebrating the centenary of the arrival of the Oblate priests of Mary Immaculate (OMI) who arrived in South Africa in 1852.

That first play enacted at the Greyville Race course was so successful that Fr Noel Coughlan travelled to Bavaria to gain permission for the Durban version of the play to be staged every five years in Durban. The Oberammergau village fathers willingly obliged, seeing the play as a means of witnessing to the larger population of Southern Africa. Durban would become the ‘Oberammergau of Africa”.

In its 53 year history, the Durban Passion Play has been blessed with the talents of many people, professional and amateur alike, but always with the aim of presenting witness to the greater glory of God to all and not just to those of the Catholic faith.

The play involves some seven months of commitment from the over-200 strong cast who receive no monetary imbursement. It was moved from the Greyville Race Course venue to the Durban City Hall until 1997 when it found a proper home suitable for its dramatic presentation at the Playhouse in the Drama theatre.

The aim of The Durban Catholic Players Guild is to continue the production of the Durban Passion Play every five years, thus maintaining this unique link with Oberammergau and enriching the cultural history of Durban through the dramatic witness of the Passion Of Christ.

Auditions have been completed and rehearsals for the 2005 production are well underway.

The Durban Passion Play runs from March 5 to 27 with shows nightly (except Mondays) at 19h00. On Saturday and Sundays (including the Easter weekend) there are extra performances at 15h00 and on Good Friday there are three performances: 10h00, 15h00 and 19h00.

Bookings can be made through Computicket on 083 915 8000, www.Computicket.com, or through the Playhouse’s Dial-a-seat facility on 031-369 9555.




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