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Michael Sheen's Passion play to become a film

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 11:25 UK time, Tuesday, 1 February 2011

A play set to be directed by Hollywood star Michael Sheen in his home town of Port Talbot later this year will be turned into a film following a funding grant from the Film Agency for Wales.

Passion will be the final, and largest, production by National Theatre Wales in their successful inaugural year. Written by Welsh poet Owen Sheers and under the guidance of creative director Sheen, the play will be inspired by the the biblical Passion Play and will be performed in various locations across the town.

Michael Sheen in Port Talbot

Michael Sheen in Port Talbot (while filming for BBC Wales' Coming Home)

The Film Agency for Wales has awarded £125,000 from £425,000 for film Port Talbot Passion, while three other Welsh filmmaking projects will benefit from awards.

Read more on the story on the BBC Wales News site, and see the full list of funding grants announced by the Film Agency for Wales on their website.


  • Comment number 1.

    While some people may say that a play becoming a film takes away from the experience I would have to disagree. If you are able to experience both you get to see the same idea from what may be two completely different views. This gives you a great depth of experience and understanding of what the story is really about.


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