Manchester Passion

manchester passion
manchester passion,
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More pictures to follow.

Update Ickle has some pictures. He was standing a few feet away from me and some of the shots have got my video camera in them. I’ll try to edit together something tomorrow.

Originally posted to Spinneyworld 14/04/06 by Ian

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Manchester Passion

It’s taken almost as much work to get the video online as editing it together. If the embedded video above doesn’t work, try watching it at the YouTube site. I’m trying it now and the download speed is a bit slow. You might want to pause the playback and go away to do something else for a little while.

We went to the Thirsty Scholar to meet up and have a drink before going to Albert Square (not the best idea as we then stood around for two hours). When we walked in the jukebox was playing “Sympathy for the Devil”. Somehow that didn’t make it into the show’s play list.

The only real disappointment was in the sing-along-a-encore, when Tim Booth’s microphone failed and he was singing “Sit Down” but we couldn’t hear him. Though we managed quite loud choruses by ourselves.


Ickle took several photos and reckons he found himself in the TV footage.

Stephen Newton has a review and a couple of moblogged shots.

Piccadilly Wilson thought it was great.

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I am the Resurrection

A very modern Madchester Passion Play is to be performed this Easter. Featuring Bez as a disciple and versions of songs by Joy Division, the Buzzcocks and M People, it will take the form of a parade through Manchester from Canal Street to Albert Square culminating with an “as yet undisclosed song from the top of Manchester’s town hall”.

Canon Robin Gamble, canon evangelist at Manchester Cathedral, has been tasked with encouraging churchgoers to attend the event.

“I wouldn’t know a Buzzcock from a ballcock so I couldn’t really comment on the music. All I can say is that they are not doing a Christian service, it is a piece of contemporary theatre and that is going to get people to think about the story in modern terms,” he said.

“It is going to come from the streets, with the sounds of traffic and people bustling around and it will make people think about this story in a new way. It is going to be challenging and shocking and is going to get things rumbling – it’s going to be brilliant.”

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