The Iona Passion Play, a 2¼ hour presentation in traditional European form, was founded in 1958 at Iona College, Brisbane. It has been performed somewhere in Australia every year since making it Australia’s longest running play.
The Play depicts the last days of Christ on earth: from His triumphant entry into Jerusalem, through His trial, agony and death, to His Resurrection. The script, based on the four Gospels, has been adapted to suit the large cast and the multi-stage settings used in the production.
Often referred to as an act of public worship, the Play has travelled over 50,000 km and has been seen and enjoyed by countless thousands. The purpose of the Iona Passion Play has always been to bring together people from various Christian persuasions in an ecumenical gesture aimed at bringing before the minds of a community the true meaning of Easter.
Some of our performers do have professional acting experience, however the cast in the main, comprises men, women and children whose only stage experience is their annual involvement in the Play. Their intense rehearsal schedules, plus their total dedication to the play, result in performances that have attracted many plaudits from critics over the years.