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The Manchester Passion

The Manchester Passion is a passion play about the last hours of Jesus, retold using a backdrop of the contemporary music of Manchester.

The event took place on the streets of Manchester, and aired live on BBC Three on Good Friday, 14 April 2006.

The event was created by the same people who created Flashmob: The Opera; also aired on BBC Three.

A similar event, staging the Nativity of Jesus in Liverpool was shown on the BBC at Christmas 2007.


Presenter/Pontius Pilate - Keith Allen
Peter - Nicholas Bailey
Judas Iscariot - Tim Booth
Jesus - Darren Morfitt
Mary - Denise Johnson
Barabbas - Chris Bisson
Criminal in van - Bez
Himself - Anthony Wilson

Morrissey - "You're Gonna Need Someone On Your Side"
Oasis - "Cast No Shadow"
Joy Division - "Love Will Tear Us Apart"
M People - "Search for the Hero"
The Smiths - "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" (performed by Judas Iscariot as he betrays Jesus)
James - "Sit Down"
New Order - "Blue Monday"
The Stone Roses - "I Am the Resurrection" (the majority of the song was sung by Peter after the arrest of Jesus, with the line "I Am the Resurrection" being sung by Jesus as a climax to the play)
Robbie Williams - "Angels"
Oasis - "Wonderwall"
Elkie Brooks - "Sunshine After The Rain"
Happy Mondays - "Hallelujah" (instrumental)
Buzzcocks - "Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)" (instrumental)
808 State - "Pacific 202" (instrumental)
Black Grape - "In the Name of the Father" (instrumental)