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by Catherine Stobbs (subscribe)
I'm an actress and freelance writer living in North London
With Easter egg hunts, cute little bunnies, and far too much chocolate, it is easy to forget the real reason we celebrate Easter.
Easter is of course in celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the promise of eternal life, and is a major part of the Christian faith.

To honour this, a recreation of the last hours of Jesus' life is taking place in Trafalgar Square. Passion in the Square, will follow Jesus' last moments from His betrayal by Judas, His arrest and trial in front of Pilate, through to His crucifixion and ultimately His resurrection.

The performance will take place on Good Friday, the day that represents the day of His crucifixion, and will involve over 70 actors. Full historical costumes and props, will take the audience right back into Roman times and become a part of this amazing story. All actors will have microphones and there will be large screens all around the square, so that none of the action is missed.

The Passion in the Square, was performed on Good Friday last year for the first time in 45 years, the performers and their director were determined to bring this story back into the public eye, and celebrate the joy that this festival brings. Check out this video which includes interviews with some of last year's cast.

There is no age restriction on the performance, so one can presume it is not going to be too gory for young children. Performances will take place at 12pm and 3.15pm on the 22nd of April.

If you want to make the most of this unique opportunity I advise getting there early as Trafalgar Square will still be open to the public, and on a public holiday it is likely to be packed.
This is a public performance so there is no charge, so just head on down and enjoy.

Trafalgar Square is easy walking distance from Charing Cross, Leicester Square, Picadilly Circus and Embankment stations. Several local buses regularly circle the square.
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Why? To discover the true meaning of Easter
When: Friday 22nd April 12pm and 3.15pm
Where: Trafalgar Square, 8 Northumberland Ave, City of London WC2N 5BY
Cost: Free
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