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BLOG: Preparing for A Passion for Birmingham

Most of us are only just beginning to anticipate Christmas, but theatres across the land are already thinking of their Spring and Summer seasons. And Birmingham’s Old Joint Stock Theatre is no exception, as they begin to plan for A Passion for Birmingham.

Astranger arrives in Birmingham City Centre as the biggest festival in its history begins. The events of the next few days will turn the world upside down…

Premiering last Easter in a sold-out 10 performance run,A Passion For Birminghamis a promenade retelling of The Passion story, set in modern-day post-riots Birmingham. Passionreimagines one of the world’s most important stories, the life and death of Jesus Christ, as a gripping contemporary drama. It is a political thriller, a study of the abuse of power, and a story of love, betrayal and redemption. An event for the whole community of multi-cultural Birmingham, the promenade production has been design to lead its audience through different spaces and locations surrounding The Old Joint Stock Theatre and Birmingham Cathedral. In each new location, a new scene unfolds.

Passion received glowing reviews from us at The Public Reviews and What’s On Live, as well as having local and regional press coverage. The run sold out in advance, with the longest waiting list the OJS Theatre has ever had!

Old Joint Stock Theatre Company is a professional theatre company founded in 2012 and operates out of the Old Joint Stock Theatre in Birmingham. Winners of Best Fringe Production 2013 (The Public Reviews), Best Production (Birmingham Fest 2013) and one of The Skinny’s Top 5 Theatre Picks at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe, Old Joint Stock Theatre Company produce four to five productions a year, performing in London, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Brighton and the Cotswolds in 2014 alone. Most recently, they have produced Fragile by BAFTA winning writer Geoff Thompson at the 2014 Edinburgh Fringe.

For Passion 2015, they are looking to expand their volunteer ensemble cast composed of local professional and community actors. Last year the ensemble was a great mix of actors from every faith and religion, something which was commended by reviewers as representing multi-cultural Birmingham. There was a range of abilities, from cast members who had never acted before to seasoned professionals. They are this year again looking for actors, story tellers, singers and musicians to join the ensemble to play market vendors, party goers, armed guards, disciples and more. Auditions were held at the end of November with rehearsals for the community cast starting early in the new year.

More information about this project can be found on the Old Joint Stock’s website.

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