BALLYLINAN’S much-anticipated Passion Play has been postponed until 2021.
This year’s production, which is staged every five years, was set to take place over five nights at St Anne’s Hall during Easter Week. However, the production team, cast and crew decided to defer the upcoming event because of health and safety concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.
For those who had been waiting five years to see Johnny Mulhare being ‘crucified’ again, this is, indeed, disappointing news.
Speaking to the Laois Nationalist following the announcement, Johnny, who was due to play the lead role of Jesus Christ, said: “The Passion Play is fundamentally a community event, but it attracts audiences from all over Ireland and even beyond. The risks are obvious, so it is ultimately a decision which has been taken in good time in order to serve the greater good.
“It was a tough decision for everyone involved, particularly in light of the hard work that has been put in both on stage and behind the scenes over the past few months.
“We are determined to be back for the Passion Play in 2021 with more enthusiasm and vigour than ever.”
Next year’s run of the play takes place from 26 March to 2 April. For more details, contact 086 8626547 or 086 8363790.