Show Me The Bunny

As Billy Bunny’s Easter Egg Hunt comes to town, director Paul Cullen explains how it all came about.

Arclight are delighted to be bringing their brand new play, Billy Bunny’s Easter Egg Hunt, to the beautiful Whale Theatre on March 30th.

How did it all come about?  Writer and Director, Paul Cullen, spent a few hours online one night looking for a suitable Easter play to use in his drama classes for younger ages.
“There was a dearth of good scripts that had an Easter angle, so I decided to write my own. At Arclight, we’ve done plenty of Christmas plays, and also Hallowe’en ones, but as of yet, no Easter ones.

“I then started researching various Easter traditions, that I could work into a script. And the egg hunt idea just really intrigued me.”

“Every Easter, children across the country rush around their homes and gardens searching for chocolate eggs. For many families Easter just isn’t Easter without the annual egg hunt”.

But why do we associate treasure hunts with Easter?
“In many pre-Christian societies eggs held associations with spring and new life. Early Christians adapted these beliefs, making the egg a symbol of the resurrection and the empty shell a metaphor for Jesus’ tomb.

“In the medieval period eating eggs was forbidden during Lent, the 40 day period before Easter. On Easter Sunday the fast ended with feasting and merriment, and eggs were considered an important part of these celebrations. This was especially true for poorer people who couldn’t afford meat. Eggs were also given to the church as Good Friday offerings, and villagers often gave eggs as gifts to the lord of the manor at Easter.”

“The custom of the Easter egg hunt, however, comes from Germany. Some suggest that its origins date back to the late 16th century, when the Protestant reformer Martin Luther organised egg hunts for his congregation. The men would hide the eggs for the women and children to find. This was a nod to the story of the resurrection, in which the empty tomb was discovered by women.”

“As we wanted our play to celebrate children and Easter, it just seemed a natural fit. And with this interactive production where the children help the on stage characters seek out the eggs, we endeavour to teach our young audience about overcoming obstacles, working as a team, problem solving, forgiveness, inclusiveness, and the importance of sharing.”

Billy Bunny’s Easter Egg Hunt is on for three performances only at Whale Theatre on Saturday, March 30th.



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