The Iona Passion Play, in traditional European form, was founded in 1958 at Iona College, Brisbane, by the late Rev. Father Thomas Shortall OMI.

It has been performed in Australia every year since, making it Australia's longest running touring passion play.

Often referred to as an act of public worship, the Play has been presented in many cities and towns from Cairns to Perth, travelled over 50 000 km and has been seen and enjoyed by thousands of people.
Fr Thomas Shortall OMI
1958  Founded in Brisbane, QLD by Fr   Thomas Shortall OMI
1960  First performance outside Brisbane
          Toowoomba, QLD
1961  Australian Interstate Tour
- broke 19mins off the flight record from Bris-Melb
- 1st commercial airliner to fly Alice Springs-Perth
- blew an engine over Great Australian Bight & only  flew on three to Sydney
- got permission from England to cross Woomera rocket range
1964  First Indoor Performance
          Festival Hall - Brisbane
1973  Mother Teresa views the Performance
1979  North Queensland Tour
Cyclonic weather in Cairns caused cast to wear raincoats under their costumes!
1981  Sydney, NSW Tour
1988  Expo '88
mid '90s  Music transferred to CD from reel-to-reel
1995  Introduction of Radio Microphones
2005  Website Launched
2008  50th Anniversary & Launch of Book
2012  Blessing of Memorial Garden
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Julieann Caffey, St Joseph's Parish, Dalby ...
"We were very privileged to witness your performance of the 'Greatest Story Ever Told'.  Your interpretation has no doubt enriched our community and our understanding of Jesus' Passion and Resurrection."
1961 Australian Interstate Tour
1961 Interstate Tour
1961 Sidney Myer Music Bowl Melbourne VIC
1973 Sidney Myer Music Bowl
Mother Teresa meets cast members
1973 Mother Teresa Meets Cast
1984 Sydney Entertainment Centre NSW
1984 Sydney Entertainment Centre NSW