Frazer Blaxland, a graduate of Roehampton in Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, will be taking the lead role of Jesus in an open-air Community Passion Play. The community production of up to 250 performers will take place through the streets of Marlborough in Wiltshire on Easter Sunday.
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Frazer said, “This will be a unique experience and one I cannot wait for. Instead of performing in a theatre, this will be on the town’s streets and gives people the chance to get involved in this special occasion.”
After graduating, he became part of the National Youth Theatre, which was a hugely defining moment for him, providing experience of being in a cast of performers on stage. The skills and contacts he developed at Roehampton stood him in good stead for his future career.
“At Roehampton, I loved my course mates and had some very special lectures. Our tutor was incredible, she was so lovely to our group and really believed in our abilities. She even helped me to prepare for auditions for when I graduated,” Frazer said.
Since then, Frazer has taught drama alongside his acting profession, where he is represented by Q&T Management. The chance to play the lead in the Community Passion Play was particularly appealing for him, as he was able to work with the community, who will also be acting in the production.
He said, “Knowing that the community will be involved is magical. We finished the auditions a couple of months ago and now we have the rehearsals to look forward to, and there are workshops to come about costumes and roles, it is just so exciting.”
The Community Passion Play depicts the final days of Jesus, including his crucifixion and resurrection. The 250 performers will be acting out the story on the streets of Marlborough, in a huge, interactive drama spectacle.
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