Margam Park to reignite Passion for play
EXCITEMENT is building for the return of the Passion play to Margam Park.
Theatre company GradCo is bringing the play back to life between March 29 and April 3 at the Port Talbot attraction.
Rhys Matthews and Vivienne Buckley, who run the company, have now selected 20 community performers to take part in the event. Auditions were held at Port Talbot's Four Winds Hotel.
"The auditions went really well," said Mr Matthews who played Michael Sheen's brother in the 2011 revival of the Passion.
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"We had a nice crowd turn up and lots of interest, of which we selected 20 community performers.
"As well as these we have kids from local stage schools, representatives from West Glamorgan Youth Theatre Company and a very eager group of lads from Taibach Rugby Club.
"These groups will help support the core of professional actors by making up members of the crowd, priests and soldiers."
Mr Matthews said they have also confirmed the 10 actors who will be performing who include David Rhys Talbot and Stella star Craig Gallivan, who will be playing Judas.
"We have a total of about 70 people taking part in each performance," he said.
"We have also had interest from the community to take part behind the scenes, from set making to ushering duties.
"We also had a meeting at Margam, and they have also shown great enthusiasm to get the project back on its feet, and hopefully it will re-establish itself as a cornerstone in the communities calendar."
He added: "Tickets are also starting to sell really well, and we urge people to get them in advance from the Princess Royal Theatre to avoid disappointment."
The original Passion play, which ended its run in the mid-1990s, was performed at Margam Park.
This was where Baglan actor Sheen was inspired to bring the story back in 2011, which saw thousands of people flock to the town.
The trailer for The Gospel of Us, the film of The Passion in Port Talbot: