ONE of the lesser-known characters in the Easter story is set to feature in a new play being staged by an Alfreton church.
The costume drama, Running Scared, tells the story of Barabbas, the criminal who was set free when Jesus was sentenced to death.
It is being presented at Alfreton Wesley Church, in Ellesmere Avenue, on Wednesday and Thursday, April 20 and 21, at 7pm, and is part of an evening of music and drama which ends with Holy Communion. Admission is free and there will be a collection for the Methodist Relief and Development Fund.
Producer David Hopkinson said: “Barabbas is very much a mystery figure. He appears just once in the gospel stories – when the crowds call for his release and for Jesus to be crucified. The play aims to put flesh on the bones and suggest more about the man – and what happened to him after being set free.”
Meanwhile the church is forming a junior drama group and would be glad to hear from any schoolchildren interested in taking part. Anyone wanting more information should ring Mr Hopkinson on 01773 833627.