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Good Friday ‘Walk of Witness’ virtual street theatre

 

https://youtu.be/h1DHVI5fpz8

 

For almost 30 years, Charlton Kings Community Players have contributed a short drama during the Good Friday Walk of Witness through the village. The performance usually takes place in the Church Piece precinct and various themes have been explored. Most of the sketches have been written by local people. This one imagines a conversation between the Archangels Gabriel & Michael as they observe the unfolding events on that first Good Friday.

This virtual production is based on a piece called ‘Good Friday Conversation’ and includes contributions from different members of the Players and local churches. The CKCP have been performing street theatre in Charlton Kings on Good Friday as part of the local churches ‘Walk of Witness’ since 1992. The restrictions under lockdown mean that it will not be possible to perform ‘live’ for Easter 2021.

The piece, written by Lynne Glover, was first performed on Good Friday in 2011, some ten years ago.  It was delivered to a large crowd on a brilliantly sunny day.   The piece involves a dialogue between the archangels Gabriel and Michael as the events unfold on the first Good Friday in Jerusalem.

The video includes an introduction, the discussion between the two archangels, a biblical reading and a prayer. A recording on piano by Keith Mead has been incorporated of the ‘Passion Chorale’ by Hans Leo Hassler as adapted by Johann Sebastian Bach, particularly for his ‘St. Matthew Passion’.

The Charlton Kings Churches’ ‘Walk of Witness’ is, under normal circumstances, a well attended local event and it is sad that for a second year the pandemic means this activity is restricted.

A selection of photographs of some previous walks may be viewed here.

Planning the way forward

The Community Players have been adapting ways of working together to
provide local entertainment in the future. We consider it so important that
people are able to interact, chat, and participate in creative activities, given
the current situation the world faces through the Covid-19 pandemic.

On-line play readings: Over April and May there have been play
readings using the video conferencing tool Zoom, which have been attracting
an increasing number of participants. It’s great fun so if you fancy taking part
keep an eye out for invitations to attend. This is theatre with a difference!
Plays read so far are ‘Audience’ by Michael Frayn, ‘Dracula The Final
Countdown?’ by Geoff Bamber, ‘The ghosts of Marvin Grange‘ by Richard
Coleman.

Newsletter: We published a newsletter in April which covers the
productions we put on in 2019, and brought you up to date with other news.
It’s available for download from this web site.

AGM: We postponed the AGM as lockdown measures were required by
Government in March and remain in force. At this time the rules are changing
gradually, but there is no clear indication when gatherings for particular
activities will be permitted and what safety measures must be put in place.
The committee will be giving consideration on how to meet the requirements
of the Players’ Constitution.

Good Friday ‘Walk of Witness’ street theatre: This had to be
cancelled due to lockdown rules and it is hoped that what was being planned
will be delivered for Easter 2021. This is ‘Peter’s Denial’ written by Peter
Grainger.
For 2020, the Charlton Kings Churches provided an on-line walk hosted on
the St. Mary’s web site. This included the YouTube video of ‘Josh on Trial’
performed by the Players in 2012.
Best wishes to our members and supporters …  stay safe and well.

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