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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 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.

Join us for a series of “Spirituality in Poole” Workshops!

This Spring, The Poole Passion is closely linked in with a new project looking at spirituality in Poole.

The Exploration of Spirituality Through Art in Poole is a project for Bridging Communities and Poole Council.

Visual artist Jason Miller has been commissioned by Poole to make a permanent piece that reflects Spirituality in Poole. The Poole Passion are part of that journey of exploration. 

We look forward to seeing at one of our workshops – for dates and times please see our online calendar; Click Here!

Join us for our series of Autumn Workshops!

We’re well into our programme of Autumn 2014 workshops! We’ve explored the ideas of drama and spirituality through our artistic director Sharon Muiruri.

Next up are rehearsals for a short performance of Oh What A Lovely War which The Poole Passion have been invited to perform at this years Carols By Candlelight service at St Peter’s Parkstone.

For a full list of dates and times, visit our online calendar here!

Some images from recent workshops…




Seeing the play ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’


Being part of a play is a very exciting and challenging task for anyone, but even more so when you are just 9 years old. Gabriel Coyne has been involved with The Poole Passion play for the past four years, and 2014 brings her a new opportunity to play the leading role of the child.

The exciting lead sees her walking the audience through the story of the last days of Jesus Christ from the perspective of a child. After standing in for the role for a number of weeks, Gabriel was eventually cast and is now very happy to be right in the centre of the story.

We caught up with Gabriel and her head teacher, Richard Warren to talk to them about being involved with Dorset’s largest community theatre production.

Listen to the interview below by pressing play:

The team get their new robes

Herod's costume

Making costumes for a play can be an exciting and daunting process. Although most of us enjoy the full power of theatre, it is often the costumes that make the experience that bit more special for us.

The dedicated and talented costume design team have certainly been putting their skills into action for this year’s Poole Passion Play ‘Through the Eyes of a Child’

For the fourth year running Arwell (Costume Designer), Wendy (Wardrobe Mistress) and Jill have produced fantastic period apparel fit for an angel, or an archangel at least!

Each member of the costume team has an important part to play in producing the costume from when it’s first designed to when it’s first worn in a performance.

Arwell turns sketches into reality, Wendy ensures that all of the costumes have secret pockets so that the actors can keep their props and belongings with them and Jill fearlessly pins fabric as the actors try on their new robes. According to Jill making costumes for this play has been even trickier than making a wedding dress!

We think that the costume team did a great job with Herod’s costume in the photo above too, don’t you agree?

If you like the costumes, then you’ll enjoy the play too. Tickets are on sale for April performances and are available on our ticket webpage. Don’t miss out!

The Poole Passion support Luka Gadeliya in Concert


On the 14th of February 2014, St Peter’s Parkstone Church Choir, Poole with support from The Poole Passion hosted a fundraising concert raising money for Operation Elliot. Elliot is a 6 year old boy from Southbourne who suffers from Cerebral Palsy and severe Haemophilia A. To read more about him and to donate to his cause, please visit

The evening started off with St Peter’s Church Choir performing The Lord’s My Shepherd by Howard Goodall, directed by Richard McLester (, followed by the pianist David Parry, who performed Scriabin’s Op 8, No. 12. Alexandra Wehlau ( then gave a moving and powerful performance of Pie Jesu by Darufle, accompanied by Richard McLester.

4 actors from The Poole Passion then performed a short extract from Through The Eyes Of A Child, which will be performed this coming Easter.

Finally, young talented artists Luka Gadeliya ( (organ) and Christina Eshba (soprano) from Abkhazia have took the audience by storm, exceeding all expectations. They created a magical atmosphere and their remarkable performances were much appreciated. Among comments from the audience were: “outstanding performances”, “absolutely amazing”, “fantastic talents”, “the best organist in years”, and “I loved every minute, it was so moving” .

All of this despite the severe weather, which was bringing lots of serious disruption in the region! In the moments of silence between the pieces one could hear the storm trying to compete with the strength of the organ…

The whole concert was professionally recorded and will be available shortly.