Holy Week and Easter Passion Plays
Recordings of Extracts from Dorothy L Sayers’ plays:
The King of Sorrows; The King comes into his own and The Man Born to be King.
St Mary Magdalene’s Church Drama Group had intended to perform these scenes on Palm Sunday and Easter Day 2020. In anticipation of this not being possible due to the Corona Virus measures, recordings were made before isolation restrictions were imposed, and while some of the characters are not always played by the same actor (notably Jesus and Judas), we offer this as a devotional aid during the Triduum and on Easter Day. It will be useful to understand who the characters are in each scene as some voices play different roles in different contexts (see below).
The sequence begins with a short scene on Holy Wednesday.
The Maundy Thursday scenes may be listened to in addition to, or as part of the Keeping of the Watch at 10pm for an hour, beginning with Scene Two, then a fifteen minute gap, then Scene Three, a ten minute gap, Scene Four, a ten minute gap, Scene Five, a ten minute gap, Scene Six.
Good Friday is divided into two parts, the first part is intended for the morning and the second for the evening. They can of course be run together.
The Easter Eve scene may be played immediately before the other Easter Day sections if desired.
There is also a single audio of the complete drama.
Scene 1. At the High Priest’s House
Servant, Caiaphas, Judas
Scene 2. The Upper Room
Peter, John, James, Andrew, Thomas, Matthew, Jesus, Judas
Scene 3. The Garden of Gethsemane
Jesus, Peter, James, John, Thomas, Judas, Captain, Malthus
Scene 4. The Courtyard of the High Priest
Peter, John, Porteress, Guard
Scene 5. Sanhedrin Court
Caiaphas, 1st Witness, 1st Elder, 2nd Witness, Jesus
Scene 6. Outside the Court
Judas, Elder, Caiaphas
Good Friday Morning
Scene 7. The House of Pontius Pilate
Flavius, Pilate, Sergeant, Slave, Caiaphas, Jesus, Crowd, Cheer Leader
Scene 8. The Road to Calvary
1st Soldier, Centurion, 2nd Soldier, 3rd Soldier, Simon of Cyrene
Scene 9. At the foot of the Cross
1st Soldier, 2nd Soldier, 2rd Soldier, Centurion, Jesus, John, Balthazar
Good Friday Evening
Scene 10. At the foot of the Cross
1st Soldier, Centurion, Mary Magdalene, John, Mary Salome, Joseph of Arimathea
Secene 11. At the Governor’s Palace
Scene 12. At the Tomb on the Third Day
Mary Magdalene, Mary Salome
Scene 13. At the Lodging of the Zebedees
Mary Magdalene, John
Scene 14. At the Tomb
Scene 15. The Same
Raphael, Gabriel, Mary Magdalene, Jesus
Scene 16. At the Lodging of the Zebedees
John, James, Peter, Andrew, Mary Magdalene
David Bird, Michael Dixon, Gordon Giles, Jessica Giles, Maria Giles, Joy Heywood, Chris Moon, Aniru Shyllon