Streetwise Opera and The Sixteen co-production, in association with HOME presents

The Passion

Performed at Campfield Market Hall


A landmark site-specific production for Easter 2016. In the historical surrounds of Campfield Market, an abridged version of Bach’s iconic oratorio St Matthew Passion is brought to life as an immersive fully-staged opera.

This contemporary promenade performance guides audience members around Manchester’s much-loved Victorian hall. The vibrant cast comprises both The Sixteen, and performers who have experienced homelessness, from Streetwise Opera Manchester.

Following the last two days of Jesus’ life, The Passion’s confrontational narrative is contrasted by the beauty and exultation of its score.

Penny Woolcock’s direction sees multiple performers playing the leading role as a poignant reminder of Jesus’ vulnerability and universality.

The production features a new ‘resurrection’ finale that has been jointly written by Streetwise Opera’s performers and celebrated composer Sir James MacMillan. Bleak images are followed by glimmers of hope in the The Passion’s joyous closing chorus.

★★★★★ “Awe-inspiring.”
– The Times (praise for Streetwise Opera’s previous work)

Supported by Arts Council England and Macquarie Group Foundation.


  • Running time 70mins (no interval)
  • This is a promenade production where you will be required to walk & stand throughout all or part of the performance.
  • A limited number of free tickets are available for people who have experienced homelessness. Email or call 020 7730 9551 for more information.

Tickets £22 – £15

£15 concessions available for:
• Children aged 18 and under
• Students
• People in receipt of unemployment or housing benefits
• Registered disabled
All discounts are subject to availability and proof of eligibility will be required on the door.