Hi there again,
If you read my last blog post you’ll know how I found myself in London at the Trafalgar square on Good Friday. If you didn’t don’t despair you can read it right here.
So my sister (who was visiting London) and I went sightseeing to the Trafalgar square when we noticed that there was going to be an Open air play of the Passion of Jesus. So we rushed up to Macdonald’s to grab lunch and then back to the Trafalgar to get seated for the play in the blazing hot sun. The mixed crowd, which consisted mostly of tourists, was quite animated as everyone was eager and excited to watch the play. It was a proper pain finding a good place to set one’s self down because it was really packed and some people with baby strollers decided to set their perambulators smack in the middle of the place blocking the view of dozens of people behind them. I was unable to find a decent spot to sit down so I decided to take advantage of my height and stand at the back so I could get a clear view of the show.
The play began with a captivating introductory narration, the first few seconds of which told me the rest of the show might just be something I would want a memoir of so I got out my phone which luckily had a video camera and tape, roll action… I was Steven Spielberg for the afternoon (I don’t even know if the guy knows how to work a camera but I’m sure you get the drift )!
Having being raised a Christian, I have read the story of Jesus’ passion in the Bible and seen several enactments of the story, but this was something else! Brilliantly produced, the play held one spell bound, almost making you feel like you were right there when it all actually happened (even though I kept wondering how the Bible would have explained the backdrop of the red London buses and constant sirens but I digress). Watching the riveting performance, which was acted to include the crowd made it feel as if even we were part of the production. Being able to see the emotions of the different moments in the story without the comfortable insulation of a television screen was something I had truly never felt before. The crowd was ecstatic, bursting into thunderous applause at various points in the play especially when Jesus rose from the grave and appeared for the first time to Mary Magdalene!
It was such an amazing experience and when it was over, despite the near sun burn, parched throat and back ache, I was glad I had watched it and even more-so that I had taken the pain to record most of it with my phone video camera. If you ever consider visiting London around Easter, I definitely recommend you see this play if it is showing and you can be sure that you would have something worthwhile to remember!
Hi there again,