The Journey



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About the Production

Welcome to an immense, immersive theatrical telling of the Christmas story. A processional performance will unfold throughout Swindon Old Town, this Christmas. Never before seen ‘behind the scenes’ access to the characters we are so familiar with, will reveal the true nature, the faith and the fearlessness, of those who were chosen to birth and raise Jesus Christ.

Meet Mary, the teenage bride, betrothed to Joseph and mysteriously pregnant. She risks shame, heartbreak and a painful death. Revealed are Joseph’s innermost thoughts. How can he understand the nature of Mary’s pregnancy? How will he find the strength to stand by her? Now forced by an occupying power they must make the impossible journey together, throughout the length of a nation, anyway they can. This is a story of survival, courage, love and faith against all the odds.

Performances are at 12pm and 4pm on Sunday the 9th December, get your free tickets Now

Executive Producer

Daphne Hardwick

Daphne was ordained priest at Bristol Cathedral in 2012 having attended Trinity Theological College. Previously Daphne practiced as a midwife and health visitor in the Swindon area and has lived in Old Town, with her husband and two daughters, for more than 40 years. She is passionately interested in environmental and social justice issues and has a particular responsibility for co-leading Christ Church’s Community Network Group and developing links within the wider Old Town community. She has for many years produced the very popular Old Town Autumn Fayre and other successful activities within Christ Church and the adjoining community centre

Artistic Director

Anna Friend

Anna is Artistic Director of Quirky Bird Theatre. She has directed everything from Godber to Grease. In 2015 her work picked up 7 awards at the All England Theatre Festival! Quirky Bird Theatre has been hailed as theatre that is “full of invention, full of creativity. Absolutely magnificent!”. She is best known locally for directing the Wroughton Passion Play which was seen by nearly 2000 people on Good Friday 2016. with all it’s grit and violence. An un-repenting version of this classic story, it had a fantastic impact on those watching and taking part, inviting interest from the press and local television news coverage.


Juliet Webb

Juliet makes site-specific, interactive theatrical performances. She has been producing public events since 2002. She graduated in Arts Event Management with honours in 2007. She has a special interest in creative events for education and social cohesion. In 2008 she won an award from the Arts Council for Best Young People's Event for her live literature themed festival, Word on the Street. She has since produced processional, circus and theatrical performances nationally, with her company Liberty Rocks Productions. She is best known for her spectacle performances at Shambala, Glastonbury Festival and Alexandra Place, as featured on the BBC.

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We have opportunities to participate in the performance, which are open to everyone. We actively encourage Old Town residents, local businesses and organisations to join us in this unforgettable event. You could be part of the cast, a steward, road marshal, programme distributor, prop or costume maker, join the choir and we invite musicians, craftspeople and more to feature in our Bazaar in Bethlehem. Come along!

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Christ Church, Cricklade Street, Swindon, SN1 3HG


01793 522832