Sheen brings Passion to Port Talbot

18 January 2011

Easter: traditionally a time for relaxing with family and eating chocolate eggs. But not this year for the people of Port Talbot.

Michael Sheen gets passionate. Photograph: Peter Knowles Photography.

National Theatre Wales is taking over the town with a ground-breaking three-day live theatre event, complete with celebrity actors, writers and local volunteers, and they want hundreds of people across Port Talbot to sign up to help.

Adele Thomas is the Project Associate, and works for National Theatre Wales: “Passion is a live theatre production with a huge difference. It takes place across the whole town over the course of three days, and will involve a huge contribution from the whole community.

“At its heart, the project celebrates the community, so we’ve been talking to people about the places and people of Port Talbot that have a special place in their heart. We have heard the stories of amazing acts of sacrifice, love towards the town and rebirth that are taking place every day.”

The play will star Michael Sheen and the script is being written by the poet Owen Sheers. Passion plays traditionally tell the story of the suffering of Christ – known as the Passion of Christ, but this production will reimagine the story through the stories of local people.

“There are lots of ways of getting involved in both small and very large ways,” says Adele.

The organisers are looking for people to be volunteer stewards and people to act as Pontius Pilate’s official guards. They are also keen to get hold of film, cinefilm, DVD and VHS home movies that feature Port Talbot or its residents. 

For more information about the Passion, visit the National Theatre Wales website or contact Adele Thomas at passion@nationaltheatrewales.org or on 02920 353070.

Local News Port Talbot will be following the progress of the Passion, so check the website regularly for updates, or follow us on Twitter.

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