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Leeds performers open Blackburn conference with dramatic take on John's Gospel

First published on: 11th November 2022

A new dramatization of the Gospel of John, put together by people from our diocese, has opened the Diocesan Conference for the Diocese of Blackburn.

The new, dramatic presentation of John’s Gospel featured intense, emotional, and inspirational scenes, all accompanied by exciting music choices. 

It was conceived by the Revd James Gwyn-Thomas, Vicar of the Hallikeld benefice in the Ripon area.

Working with actors and musicians from the Diocese of Blackburn and churches in the Diocese of Leeds, James and the crew premiered the drama for the first time at the conference to great acclaim. 

Now the premiere has taken place, the script, props list and music suggestions will be made available soon on the Diocese of Blackburn website as a resource for parishes everywhere to take advantage of and present in their own settings.  

Speaking on social media after their performance, Revd James said: “We put it together over the last few months and we haven’t had that many rehearsals! 

“We hope that presenting it for the first time in front of so many representatives from parishes in the Diocese and now releasing this script, encourages other to say ‘maybe we can do this’.  

“We have written it in such a way that other churches can do it; it’s very heavy on narrators instead of learning an awful lot of lines so we hope that people feel they can give it a go, whether or not they have acted before.”

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