Welcome to Manchester Confidential
Reset Password
The Confidential websites will be undergoing routine updates. This may cause the sites to go offline. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience.

You are here: Manchester ConfidentialEntertainment & SportEvents & Listings.

The Manchester Passion

When Liam Gallagher followed in John Lennon’s controversial wake and announced that Oasis are ‘bigger than Jesus’, little did he know that nearly a decade later the music of Oasis would be used to celebrate Easter..

Published on April 10th 2006.


The Manchester Passion

When Liam Gallagher followed in John Lennon’s controversial wake and announced that Oasis are ‘bigger than Jesus’, little did he know that nearly a decade later the music of Oasis would be used to celebrate Easter, in the retelling of the last few hours of Jesus’ life.

Of course, it won’t be just the music of Oasis. Manchester Passion will use the music of Manchester – from The Smiths, to Joy Division and of course the blasphemous Gallagher brothers themselves, to retell the story of the Passion of Christ live in Albert Square on Good Friday. Spectators will watch the story unfolding, before being invited to re-enact the drama of the Passion’s crowd scene, choosing between Jesus and Barabas.

The star studded line up includes Darren Morfitt (Dog Soldiers) in the role of Jesus, Primal Scream vocalist Denise Johnson as the Virgin Mary, Tim Booth (James frontman) as Judas and Nicholas Bailey, aka Eastender Dr Truman, as Peter. 24 Hour Party People’s Keith Allen will present the event, which will be broadcast live on BBC 3.

The crowd in Albert Square will be invited to join in the choruses of popular songs as they are performed live, including Love Will Tear Us Apart, Blue Monday and Wonderwall. The music will be accompanied by a 16 piece string orchestra and a trio of busking disciples.

The climax of the event will come as a procession carries an 8 metre luminous cross through the streets of Manchester to arrive at Albert Square for the moment of crucifixion.

The Bishop of Manchester, the Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch, says: "Manchester Passion has a sincerity and an ability to shock and connect that is not far removed from how it must have been on the first Good Friday."

This event will bring the story of Easter right up to date and remind us that it’s not all Easter eggs and cute bunnies. The show begins at 9pm, but get yourselves down there from 8pm onwards for warm up (and on no previous Easter weekend has the term ‘warm up’ been so appropriate!) entertainment and drinks.

Manchester Passion will be broadcast live on BBC Three at 9.00pm on Good Friday (14 April) and repeated on BBC Two at 11pm.Members of the public who would like further information should call 0845 30 31 500 or visit www.bbc.co.uk/bbcthree

Jayne Robinson
Email Me Now!

Like what you see? Enter your email to sign up for our newsletters which are chock-a-block with more great reviews, news, deals and savings.

To post this comment, you need to login.Please complete your login information.
OR CREATE AN ACCOUNT HERE..
Or you can login using Facebook.

Latest Rants

Anonymous

Depends on the arse.

 Read more
Anonymous

As usual mancon make no reference at all to the Irish Festival again .

 Read more
Anonymous

Double whammy of good markets too - Levenshulme have a food and drink only market on Saturday and…

 Read more
Anonymous

There are no excuses for arse-kissing.

 Read more

Explore The Site

© Mark Garner t/a Confidential Direct 2017

Privacy | Careers | Website by: Planet Code | SEO by The eWord