BBC THREE invites public to Manchester Passion

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BBC THREE invites public to Manchester Passion

Postby daveyboi » Thu Apr 06, 2006 9:12 pm

BBC THREE is inviting people in the North West to converge on Manchester for a major live event this Easter - Manchester Passion.

Manchester Passion is a contemporary retelling of the last hours of Jesus' life told through the music of Manchester. A crowd in Albert Square will be invited to join in the choruses of popular songs including Sit Down, Search for a Hero and Wonderwall.

Keith Allen (Bodies, 24 Hour Party People) presents the event live from Manchester's Albert Square (Friday 14 April, 9.00–10.00pm). People will be able to watch the story unfold, before being invited to re-enact the drama of the Passion's crowd scene, choosing between Jesus and Barrabas.

Primal Scream vocalist, Denise Johnson, has been confirmed to take the role of the Virgin Mary. Tim Booth, lead singer of James, plays Judas; Darren Morfitt (Dog Soldiers) plays Jesus and Nicholas Bailey (Dr Antony Trueman in EastEnders) plays Peter.

Music from the cream of Manchester bands will be performed live by characters in the drama, who will be accompanied by a 16-piece string orchestra and busking disciples who play guitar, cello and accordion.

Music includes Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division); Search For A Hero (M People); Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (The Smiths); Blue Monday (New Order) and Wonderwall (Oasis).

Albert Square is the destination point for a procession who will carry a huge cross. The 8 metre long luminous cross, weighing half a ton, will be borne aloft through the streets of Manchester to arrive in Albert Square for the moment of Crucifixion.

The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, says: "Manchester Passion has a sincerity and an ability to shock and connect that is not far removed from how it must have been on the first Good Friday."

Manchester Passion is produced by Classical Music Television, makers of the award-winning Flashmob – The Opera.
Manchester Passion will be broadcast live on BBC THREE at 9.00pm on Good Friday (14 April) and repeated on BBC TWO at 11.00pm.

People are invited to Albert Square in Manchester from 8.00pm onwards. ENTRY IS FREE.

Members of the public who would like further information should call 0845 30 31 500 or visit

Warm-up entertainment includes the Manchester comedian John Warburton and a screening of the BBC TWO rock documentary, And God Created Manchester.

The songs are performed as follows:

Jesus sings You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side (Morrissey)
Mary sings Cast No Shadow (Oasis)
Jesus sings Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division) at the Last Supper.
Mary sings Search For A Hero (M People)
Judas sings Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (The Smiths) as he is about to betray Jesus
Jesus sings Sit Down (James) to the sleeping disciples
Jesus and Judas sing Blue Monday (New Order)
Peter sings I Am The Resurrection (The Stone Roses) when he betrays Jesus
Mary sings Angels (Robbie Williams)
Jesus and Pontius Pilate sing Wonderwall (Oasis)
Mary sings Sunshine After The Rain (Elkie Brooks)

Manchester Passion is one of the first events in Manchester City Council's new 2006 Events Programme.

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