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8 September, 2019

A dual language musical about the life and death of Jesus through an African expression

St Matthew Passion certainly was interesting and made me think and feel during and after the show (I like that!).

I am a follower of Jesus so I am glad that the story was true to the book of Matthew but also had a slant/angle that meant I didn’t already know how it ended.

The use of their native language (at least I think it was) was both good and bad.

It was good because I had to rely on other cues for interpretation (voice tone, body language etc) but also I would have liked to have known was said/sung all of the time.

So a mixed feeling on a dual language musical.

There is no doubt the performers were talented and entered into their roles with believability.

In terms of how I felt, they sung a hymn that I knew as a kid but have not have heard since which took me back to my childhood and the sombreness of the song.

I was particularly moved when they took Jesus’ body down from the cross – so lovingly and with such deep sadness.

The set design was simple and the transitions seamless.

I particularly liked the use of song, xylophone-type instruments and whistles to create atmosphere behind the dialogue.

So overall I would give it an 8 out of 10 – very enjoyable.