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Fund-raising event for Operation Elliot

Operation Elliot

The Poole Passion will be supporting a fantastic classical event on Valentines evening, later this week in order to raise money for a very worthy cause, Operation Elliot.

Elliot is a 6 year old boy with cerebral palsy and a severe haemophilia A. He’s just like any other six year old in many ways – he wants to be a pilot at the moment but the next best thing would be to be a pirate. Having cerebral palsy means that he can’t do all of the things that his friends and siblings do and he gets understandably frustrated as a result.

He has recently been assessed by a specialist team at Great Ormond Street Hospital and is considered to be a strong candidate for a potentially life changing operation called a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy. This is a huge spinal procedure which aims to give him much more freedom of movement. The biggest challenge is raising the funds of £60,000 for the operation and a much needed course of physiotherapy after.

This where you come in. We are pleased to invite you to one of the most prestigious concerts in Parkstone this year, with all funds raised going towards Elliot’s life-changing operation.

We are feeling very blessed that internationally recognised musician, Luka Gadeliya (organist) and Chritina Eshba (soprano) are granting us of their magical presence for this special concert.

To top off this great line-up, St Peter’s Parkstone Parish Choir will be joining them along with the actors of Poole Passion who have a few surprises up their sleeves to keep you entertained! What more could you wish for on a Valentine’s evening?

Keep your Valentine entertained with music and drama, and it’s all for a great cause!

Date: Friday 14th of February

Time: 19.00

Location: St. Peter’s Church, Church Road, Parkstone, Poole, BH14 0NN
Come along and enjoy the entertainment. Free entry. Donations welcomed!

Poole Passion on BBC Radio Solent


Listen to The Poole Passion interviewed by Julian Clegg on BBC Radio Solent.

The interview with Stuart Turvey (Poole Passion Chairman) and Sharon Muiruri (Artistic Director) features music from the forthcoming soundtrack The Road To Golgotha written and recorded by Richard McLester (Musical Director) and Alexandra Wehlau.

To listen to the interview, click below;

The opening clip of music is taken from the Overture to the Play called Lament of the Shalmaj, with a haunting melody played by Richard on a 15th Century Shawm. The second clip used in the interview is taken from the scene when Jesus agonises in the Garden of Gethsemane before his arrest.

The full soundtrack will be available next year. To listen to the preview clip in full, click below;

Christopher Mellows (1947-2013)

HerodSquareDear Friends,

I expect that most of you know by now that our dear friend Christopher Mellows died peacefully yesterday.

Not only was Christopher a great actor and played the role of Herod so well but he was a wonderful generous and a lovingly human being. Someone who was a good listener and always made people feel happier after they spent time in his presence. He was a tower of strength in the group. He was at the very first meeting of the Passion Play back in 2008. From that meeting onwards he gave terrific commitment time and energy to the project.

We shall never forget him and will continue to feel his warm and guidance around us.

Our love goes out to Helen and all his family and especially to Sam his son and Rhys his grandson who were also involved in the play. I joked with Chris it was a bit like having the ‘Redgrave dynasty’ in the play. Christopher was always ready to make us smile and we shall all miss him deeply.
With love Sharon

Two FREE Workshops Coming Up!

voice-dance-movement-workshopsTwo FREE workshops open to everyone of all ages.

(children to be accompanied by parents / guardians)


Movement & Dance Workshop led by dancer Naomi Callaghan. 17 April 2013, 5:45pm – 7:30pm

Voice Workshop led by actor Christopher Mellows 22nd May 2013, 5:45pm – 7:30pm

Both Workshops will take place 5:45pm – 7:30pm at Parkstone United Reform Church, Commercial Road, Poole, BH14 0JW.

For more information, please contact us via our contact page – click here!

Ps, Please don’t be put off by the word dance! If you do not feel you can physically join in we would still love to see you… We have a lovely group of people who you can be with – so do not feel you will be on your own! Refreshments and tea provided.

View both workshops in our online calendar – click here!


New Drama Season at TPP!

drama-workshop-sharon-muiruriThe new season for The Poole Passion is about to begin!

Starting next Wednesday (13th March 2013) at PURC at 5.45pm there will be a Drama Workshop, run by our very own Sharon Muiruri.

On 17th April, there will be a Movement and Dance Workshop, and on 22nd May there will be a Voice Workshop. All these workshops are important for those wishing to take part in next
year’s Passion Play (9th – 12th April 2014), particularly if you are a reluctant thespian, and feel your skills may need improving!

On 20th and 27th March there will be rehearsals for the Walk of Witness which will take place on Good Friday. It is really important that we know who will be available for these rehearsals and for the performance, so if you are able to attend both rehearsals and the Good Friday performance, please let us know as soon as possible.

To see all the dates in our online calendar, >> click here!

In other news;
The Poole Passion is looking for a volunteer Treasurer.

It is not a very onerous task, so if you know someone who might be prepared to take it on, please ask them to contact our Chair, Stuart Turvey on 01202 540755. To download the job description, click here!


TPP Outreach Drama Workshops

Good news! The TPP Outreach Drama Workshops have started again.

The first session on 14th January 2013 was hard work, but very well received!

All sessions are at homelessness charity Roots to Routes on Mondays. The sessions are led by Kevin Tapscott and Barbie Brinkman (and mentored by Sharon Muiruri TPP). Volunteer workers are Garry, Mark and John.

Aims and Objectives of the project include:

1. To promote social engagement,
2. to foster self-confidence & raise self esteem,
3. and to increase the groups’ ability to work with others.

If you would like more information, do contact us or Routes To Roots (