Couple celebrate anniversary with Passion Play

Sean and Alison Edie. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

Sean and Alison Edie. Picture: Steven Scott Taylor

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A CAPITAL couple who met while taking part in ­Edinburgh’s open-air Passion Play are preparing to celebrate their anniversary – by joining the event again.

Alison, 46, and Sean Edie, 31, originally met during rehearsals for the play in Princes Street Gardens in 2008, and despite not dating until 2010, tied the knot in 2012.

Their upcoming performance of the Edinburgh Passion, telling the Easter story of Jesus’ crucifixion, will be two days before their second wedding anniversary.

Talking about how they first met, Mrs Edie, an administrative assistant at Edinburgh University, said: “We got along pretty well and had certain things in common.

“When we did the walk-through in Princes Street Gardens, I’d got my hair dyed and he noticed – I was impressed.

“After rehearsals finished, he invited me to come and hear him sing as part of a barbershop choir. We started dating the following February.”

And the proposal wasn’t quite as dramatic either with Mr Edie, a window cleaner, telling Alison he was going to give her his late mother’s engagement ring and “presenting” it to her at a church BBQ.

Despite not getting down on one knee, the couple are now happily married with Sean joking: “I think it’s a great way of meeting her – she’s a great wife, she cooks brilliantly!”

And it appears their fellow actors also found it “very amusing” that they had got together through the play – which is now a full family affair after they managed to rope in Sean’s father, David, and brother Kevin.

Asked whether it was a common occurrence, director Suzanne Lofthus said: “It does not happen at all – I think it might be the first romance to wedding that I remember but it’s lovely and it’s really nice to see people coming together.”

This year’s play is extra special after the award-winning playwright, Rob Drummond, gave it a modern-day twist by setting it 20 years in the future – it even has references to the trams. The community production sees Jesus sentenced to Scotland’s newly introduced death penalty by Minister Herod and his ruthless spin-doctor Jane McKayfus.

“I think it’s challenging and very controversial and that’s what the story of Jesus should always be – it provokes people on both sides to think maybe it’s time to re-examine the story,” Ms Lofthus explained.

“It’s about taking theatre to people who don’t have the chance to get to the theatre or who would not normally go – it’s about making it an experience.”

The Edinburgh Passion will be performed on Saturday at 2pm in Princes Street Gardens and is free and open to all.

To find out more or to get involved in the play visit www.easterplay.org.