Saturday, April 15, 2006

Manchester Passion

BBC3 had a live transmission last night entitled "Manchester Passion". It was a live production which gave a ontemporary setting to the Passion of Christ. Instead of funereal music it used music by Manchester artists and took place in Manchester.

It was excellent. It was a powerful retelling of the Passion story which a lot of us are familiar with. The music was pefectly chosen and I think it actually brought home the whole Passion story especially the betrayal aspect.

When Judas kissed Jesus to indicate to the Guards who he was the two of them sang Blue Monday (New Order). It's strange to realise how appropriate the lyrics are:

"How does it feel To treat me like you do When you’ve laid your hands upon me And told me who you are

I thought I was mistaken I thought I heard your words Tell me how do I feel Tell me now how do I feel

Those who came before me Lived through their vocations From the past until completion They will turn away no more"

The final song was Angel (Robbie Williams) which despite its somewhat triteness came across as appropriate.

If it's repeated you should watch it. The amazing thing is how many songs in the canon of popular culture could be so easily brought into a religious production.

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