Hatton man to help Buy Benaiah campaign with AECC play

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A Hatton man will star in a major North-East production of the Easter Story which will help raise money for the Buy Benaiah campaign.

Robert McGregor, will play the lead role of Jesus in the Aberdeen Passion Play at the AECC on March 26 which will also raise funds to help the Teen Challenge’s charity campaign to buy the women’s addiction recovery centre in Stewartfield.

Robert said: “Benaiah is a wonderful project which stands for hope, liberation from addiction and new life which resonate both with the story of Jesus and with the aims of our production to bring the truth of that story alive and bring hope to the people of the north east of Scotland.

“For me personally, I had a friend who was affected by addiction and who was helped by Benaiah so its a cause that is close to my own heart and I have such respect and admiration for Gordon Cruden and his commitment to changing people’s lives.”

Over 100 amateur actors, musicians and singers will gather from across the North East of Scotland to stage the third production of the Aberdeen Passion Play which acts out the traditional Easter story of Jesus.

Robert, An Aberdeenshire Council worker based at Buchan House, said: ““It’s a huge privileged and responsibility to play Jesus in the Passion.

“As a cast we’ve worked hard to think about how his words would have sounded, felt and received when people first heard them.”

The Aberdeen Passion has been performed biennially since 2012 drawing crowds of 2,000 people each time.

The production includes music from a live band a choir with songs specially composed by Scottish musicians for the play.

Tickets cost £10 and can be bought from www.smallwoodenplatform.com or the CLC bookshop on John Street Aberdeen.

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the door.