Easter story to be told at AECC this weekend

The Aberdeen Passion cast
The Aberdeen Passion cast

This Easter weekend, the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC) will be transformed into 1st-century Jerusalem for the Aberdeen Passion play.

The play tells the Easter story of Jesus’ life, trial, death and resurrection.

More than 100 actors and musicians from across the North-east will join Peterhead-born actor Brad Morrison on stage.

Also included in this year’s cast is area planning officer for Aberdeenshire Council Robert McGregor as Barabbas and the narrator, and Glenbervie Primary School head teacher Iain Bell, as Judas.

Iain will be joined on stage by his wife and four sons.

The first Aberdeen Passion was performed in 2012 and attracted crowds of more than 2000 people.

This year’s performance promises to be bigger and better, with a modern elements included throughout.

The Aberdeen Passion has been written, produced and directed by Andrew Sykes, who works as an associate for J&E Shepherd Surveyors.

“I’ve tried to push the barriers and try things that are different and exciting,” said Andrew.

He added: “This year’s performance includes a narrator and minor characters from the 2012 performance have a more prominent role.

“I want the audience, even if they know the Easter story really well, to see it from a different perspective.”

The Aberdeen Passion will be performed on Friday, April 18 at 7.30pm, and again on Saturday, April 19 at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.