Catherine interviews Lyn Spall about the creation of the Woodbridge Passion Play - Elmhurst Park, Good Friday - Friday 22 April, 11am.
Visit many towns on Good Friday morning and you may see a band of churchgoers following behind a large wooden cross in what is called the Walk of Witness. For many years this has taken place through the streets of Woodbridge. But Lyn Spall, a resident of the town, wanted to do more in telling the story of Easter.
In 2007 she gathered a number of people together from the churches in the town and suggested they put on a Passion Play, a dramatic retelling of the Easter story, in the town's park. It was a tremendous success with dozens of people taking part and many, many more gathering to watch the performance.
This year Woodbridge is once again holding a Passion Play in Elmhurst Park. It has a new cast, and a new script. Still based very closely on the Bible, the dramatisation has been created by two talented local people - Gay Nicholls and Andrea Skevington from St John's Church. Music has also been specially written for the band and for the choirs, whose members have been drawn from different groups in the area. This year the actors will be in contemporary dress, too, so there will be a very different feel to the performance, but it is still sure to be a powerful and moving experience for all those attending.