The Vigil - March 2000
A drama set on Good Friday night in a modern courtroom, but the theme is far from modern.
The defendant, the gardener from the Garden in which Jesus of Nazareth was entombed
is charged with stealing and hiding the body. Numerous witnesses are called, all with
critical facts to add to the story of what did happen on that night. The audience is
in the role of jury, and is left at the end to consider the verdict. Was the body stolen,
or did Jesus rise?
This was a community production with support from many local groups. Actors were loaned from St Margaret's Church Rainham, St Stephen's Church Chatham, The Wallace Collection, Wigmore MADS, and Medway Little Theatre.
This play was our entry into the Kent Drama Festival. We received two nominations in the On Stage in Kent Awards (OSKAS):
David O'Brien won the Marlowe Shield for Best Actor and
Jean Russell received a Highly Commended award in the Best Actress category.