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Iona’s Passion Play returns home for Easter

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Easter tradition: Iona Passion play organisers are excited to bring the play back to its original home.

FOR more than 50 years the Iona passion play has travelled Australia, and this year the iconic Easter event is returning to its birthplace, Iona College.

Founded by Oblate Fr Thomas Overall at Iona College in 1958, the play has been viewed by more than 500, 000 people Australia-wide.

Organisers have brought the play back to Iona College on March 19 and 25 to provide audience with an authentic Passion play experience.

Iona Passion Play secretary Veronica Kirn said a huge amount of preparation went into organising the play, with a committee and a volunteer cast devoting three months of preparation to the production.

“We have an active committee, who take care of organisation, but each year we rely on a largely returning cast; some members have been involved for more than 40 years and other families have three generations involved in the play,” Mrs Kirn said.

“My children have actually grown up in the play, starting as children and developing into the older characters.”

More recently the play has been performed indoors, but the expanses of the Iona College campus will host the multi-stage event this year.

“We set up the play to suit the location,” Mrs Kirn said.

“It creates a more realistic setting, at times we actually have Roman soldiers making their way through the audience to the stage, it’s a far more interactive setting.”

Tickets can be booked online at or purchased at the gate.

The play will be held on Saturday, March 19 at 7.30 pm and Good Friday, March 25 at 7.30pm.

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