The Scotsman Cartoon: Passion play and independence

Illustration: Iain GreenIllustration: Iain Green
Illustration: Iain Green
An open-air play based on the classic story of the last days of Christ is to be staged in the heart of Edinburgh on Easter Saturday.

This version is to be retold against the background of a nation in turmoil over a looming referendum – in an alternate reality version of modern-day Scotland where mass unrest under Herod’s weakening grip has become the norm.

It is hoped that thousands of people will turn out in Princes Street Gardens for the free promenade performance of the modern version of The Passion Play, set more than 2,000 years on from the traditional version.

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