PEOPLE shopping in Chester on the weekend could find themselves in the middle of a film set.
The team behind the 2013 Chester Mystery Plays will be in the city centre on the weekend filming Jesus’s entry into Jerusalem.
This film will feature in the forthcoming production of the plays at Chester Cathedral this summer, the first time that film has ever been part of the five-yearly event.
Jonathan Sharps, who is playing Jesus in the medieval Bible stories, will arrive at the Eastgate clock at approximately 1pm on Saturday, April 13. He will be joined by more than 30 of the 200-strong community cast including those playing the disciples, Judas, Lucifer and his mother Mary.
The film will be made by The Harlequin Project team, based at the University of Chester. The project is a staff-led student employability initiative giving students opportunities to work on digital media-focused projects, which enable them to develop their transferable and applied skills.
Video and motion graphics designer Andy Davies said: "The Chester Mystery Plays are a huge community production and filming in the city centre is going to take us right into the heart of that community.
“It is going to be a massive undertaking to finish the film in just two days but we want people to go about their usual business while we are filming, just like they would have done in 33AD.”
According to the Gospels, Jesus rode a donkey into Jerusalem and Jonathan will arrive in Chester in the same manner. Lucius the donkey, who belongs to Manley couple Doug and Meriel Cashin, has been in the Chester Mystery Plays before and carried Jesus into Jerusalem during the last production in 2008.
Doug is playing Annas, the High Priest of Judea, and will also be taking part in the film.
The filming will take place between the Eastgate Clock and the west door of Chester Cathedral on Saturday, April 13 from 1pm and Sunday, April 14, from 3pm.