The Edinburgh Easter Play

On Easter Saturday, the Edinburgh Easter Play took place in Princes Street Gardens to a crowd of some 600, following the street players as they moved around the gardens acting out the life of Jesus. The actors always give everything to this annual event and the sound carries right across the gardens. No matter how familiar from our reading of the bible, some scenes were deeply moving, powerful, upsetting. It is entirely different to see the story played out before you.

The crowd was made up from local Christians, interested by-standers, tourists and those who had never before heard the story of Christ.

At one point, I stood next to a young Scottish woman in her late 20s who knew the name of Jesus, knew he was in the bible but this was her first introduction to the story of his life, death and resurrection. She was deeply moved and very interested to know more.

And then there was the young man who was obviously enjoying his Easter weekend and exclaimed in horror, ‘they are crucifying someone in Edinburgh in broad daylight!’. And indeed they were, under the towers of New College.

Both left with memories they will not forget. As did I.

A Much-Needed Boost for the Care Van

On Sunday 9 April, a retiring collection was held for the ongoing work of the Care Van. It raised an excellent £306 including Gift Aid. All involved offer sincere thanks to those who have so generously.

During this quarter, any donations through the after-service teas and coffees will also go to the Care Van.

The Care Van offers hot soup, hot drinks, sometimes warm clothes and blankets, and a friendly ear to those in crisis and living on the streets of our city. The Craigsbank and East Craigs team go out as part of an evening rota covering Waverley Bridge, Grassmarket and North Bridge.

Edinburgh’s Easter Play returns

Edinburgh’s Easter Play takes place in Princes Street Garden on 8 April at 2pm. Mark it in your diary now and turn up early to get a good spot. No need to book. The performance is free.

Two extra activities are planned this year. A Treasure Hunt starts at 12.30pm and is open to all children accompanied by at least one adult. Test your Easter knowledge by finding prompts and collecting presents. To avoid disappointment, please book ahead for the Treasure Hunt here. And a Giving Tree provides an opportunity to donate to national and international causes. Pick a tag to find out how to donate to local and international causes, or how to support our INSPIRE disability arts project.


More information on the Easter Play can be found here.