Tickets for 2016 Performances Available Online!

Poole Passion App Icon 512x512Tickets for the 2016 production of The Poole Passion are now available online!

Tickets are just £7.00 and if you are under 18, there is a concession price of £4.00.


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The Poole Passion to feature on BBC Songs Of Praise!

SongsOfPraiseLogoThe Poole Passion will Feature in BBC1’s Songs of Praise on Easter Sunday!

The Poole Passion (TPP) is preparing for their biennial play, which is to be featured on BBC’s Songs of Praise. Their play Through the Eyes of a Child will be performed on 15-19th March at 7pm. It not too late to join us and even if you don’t wish to take part please come and watch one of the performances.

web1TPP has been going from strength to strength since its inception in 2009. Last year – as the first UK play to be admitted to Europassion – a group of 9 from Poole Passion went to Sordevolo in Italy to attend the Europassion Conference. This weekend they are hosting the National Passion Trust conference at Parkstone United Reformed Church.
The Poole Passion has received the fantastic news that they have received an Arts Grant from the Arts Council of England and also support from the Borough of Poole Arts Service along with a variety of local sponsors who are sponsoring particular scenes in the play!

‘We are delighted to gain funding for our project especially in the current difficult climate and it is a credit to our sponsors for recognizing the truly inclusive nature of this work. This means we can take ‘artistic risks’ including having outside projection work and involving more professional artists to support this event. We will also be able to take on young Arts Interns aged between 17 and 25 and it’s a great opportunity for us to grow’. Sharon Muiruiri – Artistic Director and the Play’s author.

feature-imageOur Community play’s subject is the Passion of the Christ. It resonates to those of the Christian faith, no faith and to other faiths, as the story is a vehicle for a powerful and enduring truth, that of the redemptive aspect of love. A twelve year old child, dressed in contemporary clothing, moves through the scenes asking ‘What are they doing to him?’ ‘Why is this happening?’ whilst the remainder of the cast are dressed in traditional biblical costume. 2016 will see our fifth production and each time we perform we find something special in the story. This year the actor playing Jesus is Irish so we have a Celtic theme running through the production.

This project involves a compelling story, two wonderful local venues, a participatory procession, holographic light works, powerful actors including a mix of professional and amateurs, amazing music and a Son et Lumiere (sound and light show). The Poole Passion is becoming a cultural part of the landscape of Poole.

This year TPP will be running workshops at Poole High School and St. Aldhelm’s Academy, Routes to Roots for the homeless and working with Action on Addiction in Bournemouth.

5th Annual Passion Trust Conference

When: Saturday 23rd January 2016

Where: Parkstone Christian Centre
Commercial Road
BH14 0JW

More information is found on the Passion Trust website;

Who is it for?

The Passion Trust invites you to its annual conference for anyone interested in staging passion and mystery plays in the UK. Actors, Artists, Directors, Producers, Volunteers, Stage designers, Armourers, Safety consultants, Lighting and Sound companies are all welcome!

About the Conference
This is the only day of the year to see the best producers, directors and actors of Passion Plays in the UK.

£50 registration includes conference, tea, coffee and cake, and lunch.

Discounted rates to stay at the delightful Green Pastures nearby at £35 incl. breakfast.

Hosted by Poole Passion, Dorset’s largest community theatre group.

Keynote speaker Charlotte de Klee is the producer of the most successful Passion Play in the UK attracting 30,000 people in Trafalgar Square.

The Passion Trust exists to support you as you produce and perform passion plays in your own towns and cities.The conference will cover:

  • Information on how the Passion Trust can support you with funding and publicity.
  • Opportunities to network with other Passion Plays and to learn from the experts.
  • Input on how to produce and direct the best biblical drama for your town or city.
  • Advice on how to put on a play with little resources and many volunteers.
  • Space to learning from others about working with local councils, volunteer groups and churches.
  • New ways of writing, rehearsing and involving your local community.

Conference Programme

Time Session
9.00-9.30am Registration, tea and coffee
9.30-9.45am Welcome
9.45-10.00am Workshop Introduction
10.00-11.45am Session 1: Panel and Discussion
11.15-11.45am Morning Break
11.45-12.30am Session 2: Rev. Prof. June Boyce-Tillman
12.30-1.30pm Session 3: Panel of Experts
1.30-2.30pm Lunch
2.30-3.00pm Session 4: Performance
3.00-3.30pm Afternoon Break
3.30-4.30pm Charlotte de Klee
4.30-5.00pm Concluding Discussion & Prayer

The Poole Passion Christmas Party 2015

The Poole Passion celebrates Christmas 2015 in style!

Photos taken by Richard McLester for Conical Sphere Media.

The Poole Passion Travels to Italy

DSCN2918Like latter day pilgrims a group of actors from The Poole Passion journeyed to Italy. Their holy grail to be the first UK passion play to become part of Euro Passion.

The party of nine were truly representative of The Poole Passion. A biennial community event that has become a modern tradition in our town. The Poole Passion daubed “The Peoples’ Passion” is a completely inclusive group. This motif was prevalent in our group; we aged 10 years old to ninety, a totally eclectic group not just generation wise but in so many of life’s experiences.

The play Through the Eyes of A Child, which was written specifically to be performed in Parkstone United Reformed Church and St. Peter’s Parkstone, was how we found ourselves travelling up into the beautiful arms of the Italian Alps, with panoramic views of an awesome and inspiring landscape.

sordevolo-passionUnlike Poole’s Passion Play which began in 2009, Sordevolo’s epic presentation of the Death of Christ at the Giovanni Paolo II amphitheatre – have been putting on their play “religiously” for two hundred years. They perform it every five years. What a breath-taking experience to feel part of the cultural living history of Sordevolo. Roman soldiers galloped onto the acting area in full Roman costume. The cast was 500 strong and it was almost painterly watching the wonderful cinematic crowd scenes and all in the open air with night enveloping the experience; the sadness of the Easter story followed by resurrection and hope.

The producer of The Poole Passion, Jan Miller, said of the whole event, which consisted of The Europassion Conference where Poole gave a presentation and were invited into The Euro Passion, watching the Sordevolo play and the enormous hospitality we received from our Italian hosts as they welcomed countries from all over Europe to their hill top town was “Europe at its best”.

What a wonderful contrast to the negativity we are fed. Here was Europe really working as a wonderful friendship.

DSCN2952The thing we had in common was the same at Europassion as it is in Poole; the making of a play, a community play bringing people together and forming a kind of family. In Europe the Poole family became the European family. We also have to be grateful to the National Passion Trust who network all of the UK plays together forming another kind of family.

One touching aspect was one of the most beautiful meals that was laid on for the delegates of the conference, with trestle tables laid out end to end throughout a whole street within the town. The tables dressed with flowers. Stylish waiters and waitresses attended us on the delivery of a nine-course meal! The Italian wine flowed as did the conversation. The handsome mayor in his bright sash; the brass band playing in the background. It was quintessentially Italian.

Bob, the father of Poole Passion at a very young ninety found himself singing with a group of young Germans:- “Ein prosit ein prosit der Gemütlichkeit”. They hugged him. On their phones they searched for where in Germany his late wife was from. He lost his brother in Germany in the 2nd World War and here he was embracing his new-found friends.

“One of the best night’s I’ve had for 20 years” Bob said, adding “I firmly believe that while Britain and Germany have a friendly relationship, there will be no major conflict in Europe”.

The performance of passion plays from whichever city, town or village in Europe matters in a profound way to the participants. Certainly The Poole Passion has and is having a profound experience in Poole. I wonder if in two hundred years it will still be going?

If you would like to be part of The Poole Passion 2016, visit our website at or come to the launch of the 2015-2016 season; 7pm on Wednesday, 30th September, at Parkstone United Reformed Church, Commercial Road, Parkstone.

Sharon Muiruri

Poole Passion joins in Spirituality Evening at Poole Museum

WP_20150520_018On May 20th 2015 The Poole Passion participated in an event, hosted in Poole Museum, exploring Spirituality.

Artist Jason Miller, who was exhibiting his work based on this theme, had visited TPP and asked them to take part. Members of TPP were joined by pupils from Poole High School and separately and together performed dramatic scenes which represented different ideas of what is meant by spirituality.

Scenes, which were all directed by Sharon Muiruri, included Weddings Through the Ages a short scene written by TPP members Ann and Clive Balaam, it looked at the feeling of continuity of time with brides walking down the same aisle of a church spanning the centuries.

Another TPP member Bob Garratt had written a short scene where he, a widower twice, was depicted with the spirits of his two wives discussing how they had met him and known him. It was both tender and amusing.

Poole High School, who do weekly workshops with Sharon, presented scenes which posed the question “What is Life?” and they also formed the invisible link between each scene.

The audience, which was large and diverse enjoyed the various scenes that moved through the museum as they were performed ending with “The Tree of Life.” This was performed by both members and the pupils and depicted the Circle of Life through the changing of the seasons. It was an improvised piece to a poem, an amalgamation of our ideas as to the question ‘What do we think is meant by spirituality?’
The evening was very well received and appreciated and our thanks to staff at Poole Museum for their cooperation and delicious refreshments.