MORE than 1,700 people turned out to Tavistock town centre on Good Friday to watch The Tavistock Passion, a community play telling the story of the first Easter.
The show saw the crowds follow open air scenes set against the backdrop of the town hall, guildhall and parish church.
Producer Steven Martin said he was overwhelmed by the response to the play, with anywhere between 1,700 and 2,000 people turning out to watch the play — many more than expected.
He said: ‘The lasting impression I will take away is the colour and the atmosphere of the performance, which was immense.
‘The audience seemed to appreciate the idea of setting scenes in locations around the town centre. People found the event very moving, and the whole thing came together magnificently. Our team of volunteers did a fantastic job – and it’s meant a lot to them.
‘I’ve been delighted by the number of people who have spoken or written to us with hugely positive reactions, and with helpful ideas. It’s clear that the performance moved many people deeply, helping them connect with the Easter story.’
Cllr Mandy Ewings said: ‘Well done to all the cast and crew. What an absolutely fantastic performance.
‘The realism and emotion felt was palpable. I was very proud to have been the mayor of Tavistock on Good Friday morning.’
Mr Martin said he would consider organising another large scale production in the town centre like The Tavistock Passion: ‘We are encouraged by the response to the very first Tavistock Passion and excited to build on the experience of producing such a large scale live event.
‘We now have a much better understanding of how to make the next one even more spectacular. It won’t be an annual event – indeed for St Eustachius’ Parish Church, the planning focus for 2018 is our 700th anniversary.
‘Meanwhile there’s the free Pentecost Party on Sunday, June 4 in the Meadows, which Tavistock’s churches organise together. I’m hoping all I need to do at that is bring my son Henry to enjoy it!’
To find out more about the production visit www.tavistockparishchurch.org.uk
Pictures by James Bird — see this week’s Times for more pictures.