The Passion

THE MYSTERY OF OUR LORD’S PASSION

By Michel de Ghelderode

“Le Mystère de la Passion” is Theater Toone traditional Easter play since 1934. Belgian writer Michel de Ghelderode chose the heads of our puppets himself to interpret the different parts. His wish is still being respected today.

Michel de Ghelderode used to hang around the Marolles, where old puppeteers told him about this Passion. He then wrote their tale resulting in a transcript oscillating between humour and emotion.

“one is always amazed when you hear Toone interpreting successively the roles of Judas and his nagging wife, the apostles, Ponce Pilate, and Mary, going from one vein to another without sore note, with the same ease. It is a popular Passion, meaning that it is seen and understood from the people’s point of view. The funny moments are numerous, yet the fervour remains intact, warm, and sincere. This Passion is one of the most beautiful aspects of our Brussels folk heritage”.
(CB La Cité, 10 March 1970)

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