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Performers and dancers wanted for Preston Passion on BBC One

Posted on - 3rd February, 2012 - 4:44pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston Council
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Hollywood star Michael Sheen took over Port Talbot for three days earlier this year to perform a Passion play, it attracted critical acclaim and involved thousands of people from the town

Volunteers are needed to take part in a spectacular retelling of the Passion of Christ in Preston this Easter.

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As revealed by Blog Preston in December, over 1,000 people are wanted by Guild organisers to help with a BBC One contemporary performance of the Preston Passion.

The main performance will take place in the centre of Preston, and the BBC are looking for dancers, performers and local people of all ages to take part.

Aaqil Ahmed, BBC Commissioning Editor Religion and Head of Religion & Ethics, says: “The Preston Passion will be the centre piece of our religion programming this Easter – with its unique combination of live spectacle and performance coupled with fantastic and contemporary pre-recorded drama it really will be must see television on BBC One.

“We are looking for the people of Preston to really get involved and volunteer to be part of this live programme.”

Volunteers will be asked to attend eight rehearsals before the live performance. Anyone aged between 12-15 will need to be accompanied by an adult.

Stella Hall, festival director of Preston Guild, said: “We are searching for over a thousand volunteers in total. Experience isn’t essential, instead we’re looking for commitment, enthusiasm and energy which are more important than previous experience or skills.

“This is an exciting opportunity to work with award-winning writer and director Mark Murphy who has worked on productions including the Liverpool 2008 Capital of Culture Opening Ceremony and professional choreographer Katy Pearson who has worked for the London 2012 Olympics.”

Anyone wanting to take part is asked to log onto the Preston Guild website and register.

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