When it comes to history, culture and tradition the breathtaking Oberammergau Passion Play really does have it all.
This moving theatrical and spiritual event has been performed by the people Oberammergau every 10 years since 1634.
The performance follows a promise to God made in 1633 by the grateful survivors of the Black Death.
Next year, the play, in which at least 2000 townspeople are involved, will come to life again and spectators from around the world will flock to the picturesque town in the Bavarian Alps to see it and be part of history.
You don’t need to be religious to appreciate this timeless, universal story of suffering and hope.
Related to medieval mystery plays, miracle plays and other forms of medieval religious theatre, a Passion Play tells the story of the persecution, crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ.
The word “passion” comes from the Latin word for “suffering”.
The story, from Christ’s entry into Jerusalem to his death on the cross, is recounted in the four gospels of the New Testament.
Today, the Oberammergau Passion Play is renowned the world over for its compelling narrative, sweeping majesty, colourful sets and costumes and sonorous orchestral and choral music. (Fun fact: the male adult participants start growing their hair and beards a full year before the performances).
This timeless story of persecution, suffering and redemption still speaks to modern audiences, no matter what their beliefs. People lucky enough to have seen the Oberammergau Passion Play previously recount how it moved them deeply.
You can be part of it too.
Join Travel Journalist and Arts expert Will Yeoman as he leads a tour to next year’s Oberammergau Passion Play – and possibly meet and share a coffee with lead actor Frederik Mayet, who will play Jesus in next year’s presentation.
Mayet recently visited Perth – and met with a limited number of Travel Club members – to chat about next year’s performance. He told the gathering how the Oberammergau Passion Play is deeply moving for everyone involved.
In fact, in an interview following the 2010 presentation, Mayet said the event brought him closer to his own Christianity.
“You get a personal view of Jesus and the Bible, because you speak the words on stage for an audience,” he said. “Now, when I read from the Bible, I have a much different picture in my head than I did before taking the part. I have a much closer relationship now.”
The tour, along with Travel partner Colette ensures premium seating at the venue to see the dazzling sets and costumes, appreciate the majestic music and be fully part of the sweeping scenes of poignancy and drama.
You might be wondering why we’re talking about this so far in advance. Remember: the Oberammergau Passion Play is only performed every 10 years, and for many will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Next year, it will be performed between May 16 and October 4.
It is not to be missed.
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