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Past Productions

Here are just some of the productions and events that we have staged since we bagen in 2010...

2018 - Passion Retold

On Good Friday 2018 we took over Guildhall Square... yet again to stage a brand new version of the Passion Retold. With a cast of just ten actors, the live band on stage we retold the Easter story with a newly written script and a combination of songs from 2011 and 2016, reworked for this new production.

Unfortunately the weather was not on our side and it rained for most of the performance but despite this, a large crowd gathered to celebrate this significant festival in the Christian calendar.

2016 - Passion Retold

On Good Friday 2016 we took over Guildhall Square again to stage a different kind of Passion play. With a cast of just twelve actors and a live band on stage we retold the Easter story in a simple way.

The production included a brand new script written by Neil and a new set of songs written, with lyrics written by Neil and music composed by Tom James. The production was followed by a gospel presentation by a local church leader and a number of people responded to the Good News.

2014 - The Southampton Story

An original short perfromance piece that was commissioned to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Southampton gaining its City status in 1964.

The event took place at the Hub Theatre in Southampton and was written and directed by Neil with an amazing original music score by local composer Dale Sumner. There was great choreography from the talented Leila Hyde and the whole event was successfully staged and managed by Matt Bunday and MBE.

2014 - The Jesus Interrogation

The Jesus Interogation is a short film that we made in 2015. It was written by Joe Venebles and takes a deeper look into the interaction between Jesus and Pontious Pilate that happens in the middle of the Easter story.

What is it that Pilate sees in this man Jesus that makes him wash his hands of his death? Why doesn't he save Jesus from crucifixion?

You can view the film by visiting www.jifilm.co.uk

2013 - Tom, Dick and Harry

Working in partnership with Steve Lee (Miracle Street) and New Life Church, Romsey we staged a brand new innovative production at the Plaza Theatre in Romsey in October 2011. The show ran for two nights and was a blend of character acting, illusions, video, music, song and a very clear gospel message. In essence it was a two man show with Neil and Steve carrying the performance between them but they were very abley backed up by a talented band of musicians from the New Life Church. The production focussed on the life of three historical figures and drew out a gospel message that was challenging and thought provoking whilst being humorous and entertaining. The show received very positive reviews and we are now pursuing other opportunities to take the production to other venues and work in partnership with churches to stage the event.

2012 - the Nativity Musical

The Nativity took to the stage at Southampton Guildhall in December 2012 and was a fresh, original production that maintained the Christian message of the well loved nativity story but used music, song, dance and drama to give this age-old tale a modern retelling.
 

The script was written by Neil Maddock with music by Phil and Laura Le Cheminant. This brand new musical built on the success of the Southampton Passion – and represented another world premiere for our city! It received great feedback with many people commenting on the quality of the performances and the production and was seen by just under 2,500 people over the four shows.

2011 - the Southampton Passion

On Good Friday 2011 over 9,000 people filled the Guildhall Square in the centre of the city to witness this memorable event. An incredible team of people and an amazing cast told the story of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ right in the heart of the city. There were five different stages, live video relay to two large screens, a procession through the middle of the crowd, a crew of nearly 200 and a cast of 70 and of course our amazing 100 strong choir! It was a gloriously sunny warm April evening. The production was a musical and featured brand new songs written by Nathan Hattersley and Neil Maddock. It was a truly memorable event and the largest outdoor Christian event to have happened in the city for a long time, The soundtrack is available to purchase if you'd like to hear the music and relive the memories.

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