Imagine the Easter story happening today – and imagine it happening against the backdrop of Derry~Londonderry’s famous 400-year-old walls. That’s the vision that Walled City Passion will bring to Guildhall Square, and to audiences online, as the city hosts an exciting, multi-platform reimagination of Christ’s Passion. This free and ambitious three-day event is the newest addition to Derry’s ever-expanding festival calendar.

Written by renowned Londonderry playwright, Jonathan Burgess, Walled City Passion presents the ancient Easter story as never before to an increasingly secular and tech-savvy public.


Paul McKay

Executive Producer / Live Director

Paul McKay is a multi-award winning television producer and director. A native of Galway, he is the only person to have won two Irish Film & Television Academy (IFTA) awards for ‘Best Live Event’ production and direction. Paul has worked on numerous highly successful television programmes including RTÉ’s ‘Operation Transformation’ (for which he won twos ‘Best Entertainment Show’ IFTA) and ‘Angela Scanlon’s Ask Me Anything.’ He will direct the Walled City Passion live broadcasts on BBC iPlayer and RTÉ Player, as well as the peak time RTÉ1 television broadcast on Easter Sunday night. Paul is currently the managing director of Derry- based Gifted Live (NI).

Jonathan Burgess

Executive Producer / Writer

Jonathan Burgess is one of Northern Ireland’s best-known and most prolific playwrights. He has worked in theatre in Londonderry since 1995. Jonathan’s career included stints as actor, technician, stage manager and producer, before he became a writer and director. He has penned numerous plays – both full-length and one-act – including ‘The Exodus’ and ‘The Pride’. For the last 20 years he has worked extensively with the North West’s leading independent theatre company, Blue Eagle Productions, as well as with The Playhouse, Waterside Theatre and Millennium Forum. Jonathan was the production director of the acclaimed Walled City Tattoo.

Ven. Robert S. Miller

Executive Producer

Walled City Passion was conceived by Venerable Robert Miller. As Archdeacon of Derry, he is one of the most senior figures in the Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry and Raphoe. Born and bred in Derry-Londonderry, Robert studied microbiology at Queen’s University before answering the call to ministry. He was ordained in 1996 and has been Rector of the Grouped Parishes of Christ Church, Culmore, Muff and St Peter’s since 2010. CCCMSP identifies ‘support for the arts’ as one of its core values. Robert is a published author, avid reader, accomplished musician and committed ecumenist.