‘This Jesus can bring tears to your eyes.
You will be deeply moved - a powerful experience’ original 1941 review of The Man Born to Be King by Dorothy L Sayers
The Good Friday Service 2007
contemplation in words and music for Easter
7.30pm Friday 6 April
The Man Born to Be King (extracts) by Dorothy L Sayers
Admission is free
This year’s Good Friday service at
Parishioners from St James the Less and St Helen Catholic Church, Priory St together with Quire, Colchester’s sensational world music choir of 50 voices, will lead the Mercury Theatre audience on Good Friday in a highly creative contemplation of the Easter story at a free event on behalf of Churches Together In Central Colchester at 7.30 on Friday 6 April 2007.
The words come from Essex based author, best known for her sleuthing detective novels of Lord Peter Wimsey fame, yet few may realise Dorothy L Sayers, who lived in Witham, Essex, wrote 12 plays radio plays for the BBC based on the life of Christ, The Man Born To Be King. The plays, first broadcast in 1941, caused a storm of controversy, mostly for depicting Christ and his followers as real people who spoke real words and had human emotions.
Music is provided by Quire,
“Everyone is welcome to come and join in this special free Good Friday service. This is a chance to experience the Easter story in a new way. This service is a collective remembrance of a world-changing event - namely the ritual murder of a Jewish prophet who was hailed as the Son of God and King of the Jews.
Readings from The Man Born To Be King are interwoven with moving music by Quire who will lead the audience in a range of contemplative songs including Black American spirituals, African chants from Zimbabwe, in the original language, as performed by the Zimbabwe Council of Churches as well as contemporary music, as sung by the Iona Community” says Bill Tamblyn, leader of Quire.
Now for the first
time you can experience the Easter story via dramatised readings from the
The Man Born To Be King at the
Good Friday service together with songs performed by Colchester’s sensational
world music choir, Quire at
7.30pm 6 April at the Mercury Theatre,
Admission is free. Seats will be
allocated on a first come first served basis – so it is advisable to arrive in
good time to be sure of a seat! There will be a retiring collection in aid of
Christian Aid and CAFOD.