Michael Sheen's The Passion - round up

Tuesday 26 April 2011, 17:14

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Michael Sheen's and National Theatre Wales' collaboration The Passion played out over the Easter weekend in Port Talbot, with thousands turning up to witness the epic street theatre event. Below is a round-up of some highlights, pictures and reviews - and if you went along, let us know your thoughts on The Passion.

If you didn't make it to Port Talbot fear not, as BBC Cymru Wales has spent the last year behind-the-scenes of The Passion. Viewers can watch how it all came together as we follow the journey from planning to performance, in a special two part documentary beginning Sunday 29 May on BBC One Wales (with viewers outside of Wales able to watch again on BBC iPlayer).

Karen Price, Western Mail
"During the 72 hours that The Passion was staged, Sheen not only pushed the boundaries of modern theatre to new limits, but also brought together a community and showcased the Welsh steel town he calls home to the world in a different light... The Passion was drama at its very best - creative, ambitious, raw, passionate and relevant. Above all, it was also accessible and inclusive."

Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph
"A tortuous trial at times this was, but overall I found it touching, transformative and, in its own wayward way, a triumph."

Lyn Gardner, The Guardian
"Co-directed by and starring the Welsh town's favourite son, Michael Sheen, this spectacle of angels on fiery bicycles, ghosts, snipers perched on the roof of the shopping centre, and shrines to lost futures was so much more than just an epic piece of street theatre."

Jasper Rees, The Arts Desk
"To begin at the end, this was an astonishing creation, a piece of street theatre of transcendental power which no one who was there at the death last night could or will ever forget... After this breathtaking act of theatrical magic, Michael Sheen can book himself in for local sanctification."

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